I get spreadsheets with 1,000 15 digit numbers with a letter added on the end. I can retain the number by formatting the cells to Text and then remove the letter manually and it's fine. BUT if I use the Find/Replace mode to remove the letter, it converts the 15 digit number to that exponential format (is that what its called?).

Anyone know how I can efficiently replace this letter with 'blank' and retain the 15 digit number?



-> I want it to


Thank you!

  • Do you need the number to be numeric (do calculations with it), or just preserve all 15 digits (can be text)? – fixer1234 Feb 10 '15 at 7:10
  • Just need to preserve the 15 digits... will then do a vlookup to bring over another piece of data from another spreadsheet. – Carl Feb 10 '15 at 7:25
  • Couldn't duplicate the problem in LibreOffice Calc; just had a chance to replicate it in Excel. The problem is just formatting. When you highlight the cells for find/replace, format them to a number with zero decimal places after the replace-all. – fixer1234 Feb 11 '15 at 2:54
  • If you only want to remove the letter for the purposes of lookup, then just use LEFT(A2,15) directly in the lookup formula. Side note: INDEX+MATCH is more robust and faster than VLOOKUP – Engineer Toast Feb 18 '15 at 13:11

If you actually want to replace the letters with a blank, use the following formula to start a "helper column" and then copy it & "Paste Values Only". Formula assumes your data starts at A2:


If all you want to do is make the number fully display, instead of using the "E" notation, you need to format the cells as a number. Use this for your helper column, copy it and "Paste Values Only", then format the cells as numbers:


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