I am trying to paste the following values into one Excel cell

-0.00539916  -0.0150491  -0.0118165  -0.0187344 -0.00907009  -0.0120633

However, I always got a value of -0.07213, which is the calculation. So how to display those values into one Excel cell without calculating them?

  • How are the values to be separated? Commas, spaces, semi-colons? – cybernetic.nomad Jul 31 '18 at 20:25
  • They are separated by spaces – lanselibai Jul 31 '18 at 20:27
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    Add a single apostrophe at the start, '-0.00539916 ... – BruceWayne Jul 31 '18 at 20:29

Excel tends to red numbers and think it knows what it's doing. As you realize, this is often incorrect. Quite simply, to show a string literally as entered, start with a single apostrophe, '.

If you want to show 00001 instead of just 1 (without other formatting), just enter '00001. That first apostrophe won't show in the cell (only Formula bar).

So for your example, as mentioned, just add the apostrophe:

'-0.00539916  -0.0150491  -0.0118165  -0.0187344 -0.00907009  -0.0120633

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