How To Stop Google Sheets From Rounding

Last Updated on October 31, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to stop Google Sheets from rounding.

How To Stop Google Sheets From Rounding

If you work with numbers that have many decimal places in Google Sheets, you’ll probably have run into a case where the number displayed in the cell is rounded automatically.

You can see that this is happening because the full value will be visible in the formula bar when the cell is selected, but the rounded value will display in the cell

While this can sometimes be useful if you don’t need to know the exact value of a number, it can also lead to confusion and make troubleshooting calculation errors more difficult.

Using Automatic Number Formatting

If your number has 10 or fewer total digits, you can use Automatic Number Formatting to display the unrounded number in the cell.

Here’s how:

Step 1

Select the cell or range you want to remove rounding from, then open the Format menu, hover over the Number submenu to open it, then choose the Automatic option at the top

Step 2

Your numbers will automatically display up to 10 digits. However note that if any numbers contain more than 10 digits they will still be rounded to 10

Increasing Decimal Places

If you need to use a different number format from the Automatic number format (for example, a currency format) you can increase the decimal places as needed to prevent Google Sheets from rounding

Step 1

Select the cell or range you want to remove rounding from

Step 2

Click on the Increase Decimal Places button on the toolbar, and you’ll see an additional decimal place appear in the cell

Step 3

Repeat Step 2 as needed until all required decimal places are visible.

Note that, unlike the Automatic number formatting option above, this option will display zeros if you extend the number of decimal places beyond the digits of the number

Google Sheets Limitations

Note that the maximum number of digits Google Sheets supports for numbers is 15.

If you try to add more than 15 digits to a number, Google Sheets will remove any digits after the 15th.

You can store longer numbers by using the Plain Text number format option, but Google Sheets will round these numbers if used in in formulas


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In this tutorial, I covered how to stop Google Sheets from rounding. Want more? Check out all the Google Sheets Tutorials.