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    Persistent decimal rounding

    Hi.
    My worksheet has a column full of numbers that are suffixed with "." and more numbers.

    Example
    Before After
    135443.234 135443.23
    456544.810 456544.81
    435466.235 435466.24
    654352.8 654352.80

    I save my files as .txt. In the text files, the numbers appear preserved. But when they're opened in excel, they're rounded. If I format them as numbers with 3 decimals, the "#.8" becomes "#.800" which is no good. Oh, and the suffixes which end in a zero always end up losing the zero.

    I've formatted my columns as general, number (with 3 decimals), and as text. That hasn't worked.
    I've tried concatenating, separating the decimal from the suffix: =456544&"."&810
    I've tried using the value formula to get get the cell value.

    I don't know what to do now. Does anyone have a solution? Thanks.

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    Re: Persistent decimal rounding

    Hi

    I think excel allows a max of 15 numbers, with or without a decimal place. Anything after that, it gets rounded to zero...

    123456789012345 = 123456789012345
    1234567890123456 = 1234567890123450
    12345678901234.56 = 12345678901234.50
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    Re: Persistent decimal rounding

    open the text file from excel using the import wizard, step through it but change the column data format from general to text
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    Re: Persistent decimal rounding

    All of my numbers are < 15 characters. That's good to know though, thanks.

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    Re: Persistent decimal rounding

    Thanks Martin,

    The import wizzard works for me.

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