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View IMB Digits in Excel

If you open either a CSV or Microsoft Excel export from AccuZIP6 in Excel to view the IMBdigits, and the numbers appear in this sort of format - 3.11902517535015E+28 or 3.11903E+28,  the view issue is being caused by Excel. 

In Microsoft Excel, large and small numbers are stored automatically in Scientific Notation by default. Excel has a number limit which is 15 digits. Since the contents of the imbdigits field is up to 31 digits, Excel automatically converts that to scientific notation as a way of dealing with that limit. You can easily remove scientific notation in Excel by following the steps below.

  1. Export from AccuZIP6 as a Text Tab Delimited file.
  2. Open that file in Excel.
  3. Highlight all fields and rows on the screen then right-click on the page to get a menu.
  4. Scroll down to Format Cells
  5. From the Number tab choose Text, and click OK.
  6. From the File menu, choose Save As and save the file in Excel format. 
  7. Open the new file in Excel.

You should be able to view the IMBdigits properly as numbers and not a Scientific Notation. 
You can also open a .CSV export in Note Pad and view the IMBdigits as numbers. 

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