Google Sheets, like many spreadsheet software, has a default setting to automatically round large numbers and numbers with many decimal points. For some users, this can be frustrating when you need those exact numbers for precise calculations. If you are one of those users, you’re in the right place! This blog post will guide you on how to stop Google Sheets from rounding.
Step 1: Increase Decimal Places
One way to stop Google Sheets from rounding is by increasing the decimal places in the cells where your numbers are located. Here’s how:
- Select the cell(s) that you want to stop from rounding.
- Find the ‘Increase Decimal Places’ button in the toolbar – it looks like an arrow pointing to the right with two trailing zeros.
- Click on it to increase the number of decimal places shown in your selected cell(s). You can click as many times as you need to get the accuracy you want.
Step 2: Using the Format Cells Option
If you want to stop Google Sheets from rounding large numbers, you can use the ‘Format Cells’ option:
- Select the cell(s) that contain the large number(s).
- Click on the ‘Format’ menu at the top of the page.
- From the dropdown list, click on ‘Number’ and then ‘Plain text’.
The number will then be displayed as plain text rather than a number, which means it will not be rounded.
Step 3: Using Formulas
Another way to address rounding in Google Sheets is by using formulas. Below is an example:
In the above formula, the number in cell A1 is rounded to 2 decimal places. You can replace 2 with the number of decimal places you desire. If you want to stop Google Sheets from rounding completely, you can use the TRUNC formula:
This will truncate the number in cell A1, removing all decimal places and leaving you with a whole number.
In conclusion, Google Sheets may automatically round numbers, but with a few simple steps and an understanding of how to use the formatting tools available, you can easily stop this from happening. Whether you’re increasing decimal places, setting your cells to ‘plain text’, or using specific formulas, you have several options to maintain your data’s precision.
Please note that changing the format of your cells can affect future calculations in your spreadsheet, so make sure you understand how these formats work before applying them.