Excel Tutorial: How To Make Excel Not Round


If you’ve ever used Excel to work with numbers, you’ve likely encountered the frustrating issue of Excel rounding off your figures. This can be particularly problematic when working with large data sets or when precision is crucial. In this Excel tutorial, we will address this common issue and show you how to make Excel not round your numbers.

Key Takeaways

  • Excel's automatic rounding behavior can impact data accuracy and precision, especially with large datasets.
  • Changing Excel's rounding settings in the Advanced tab of Excel Options can prevent automatic rounding.
  • Utilizing functions like ROUND and formatting cells can help control the display of numbers in Excel.
  • Consistent data entry and regular auditing are important for maintaining precision in Excel.
  • Applying the techniques learned in this tutorial can greatly improve Excel data accuracy.

Understanding Excel's rounding behavior

When working with numbers in Excel, it's important to understand how the software automatically rounds numbers. This can have a significant impact on the accuracy and precision of your data.

A. Explain how Excel automatically rounds numbers
  • Automatic rounding to the nearest whole number

    Excel automatically rounds numbers to the nearest whole number by default. For example, if you enter the number 5.6 into a cell, Excel will display it as 6.

  • Rounding based on the number of decimal places

    Excel also has the ability to round numbers based on the specified number of decimal places. This can be useful for financial calculations or scientific data where precision is crucial.

B. Discuss the potential impact on data accuracy and precision
  • Loss of precision in calculations

    Automatic rounding in Excel can lead to a loss of precision in calculations. This can be particularly problematic in scientific or financial analysis where small rounding errors can accumulate and lead to significant discrepancies.

  • Data misrepresentation

    If Excel automatically rounds numbers, it may misrepresent the actual values, leading to inaccurate analysis and decision-making. This can have serious implications in industries such as finance, where accuracy is paramount.

Changing Excel's rounding settings

When working with numbers in Excel, you may encounter situations where you do not want Excel to round your numbers. To change the rounding settings in Excel, you can follow these steps:

A. Navigate to the Excel Options menu

To access the Excel Options menu, click on the File tab at the top left corner of the Excel window. This will open the Backstage view, where you can find the Excel Options button at the bottom of the menu.

B. Locate the Advanced tab

Once you have opened the Excel Options menu, you will see a list of categories on the left side of the window. Click on the Advanced category to view the advanced settings for Excel.

C. Find the section on Editing options

Scroll down the Advanced settings until you find the section titled "Editing options". This is where you can modify various editing settings for Excel.

D. Uncheck the box for "Enable fill handle and cell drag-and-drop"

Within the Editing options section, you will see the option to "Enable fill handle and cell drag-and-drop". Uncheck this box to disable the automatic rounding feature in Excel.

Utilizing functions to avoid rounding

When working with numerical data in Excel, it's important to have control over rounding behavior to maintain accuracy. Excel provides several functions that can help manage precision and ensure that calculations are not rounded unintentionally.

A. Introduce the ROUND function in Excel

The ROUND function

  • The ROUND function in Excel is a powerful tool for controlling rounding behavior in calculations.
  • It allows users to specify the number of decimal places to which a value should be rounded.

B. Explain how to use the ROUND function to control rounding behavior

Using the ROUND function

  • To use the ROUND function, simply enter the formula "=ROUND(value, num_digits)" where "value" is the number to be rounded and "num_digits" is the number of decimal places to round to.
  • For example, "=ROUND(3.14159, 2)" would round the number to 3.14.

C. Discuss other relevant functions for managing precision in Excel

Other precision management functions

  • TRUNC: The TRUNC function is used to truncate a number to a specified number of decimal places, effectively removing the digits beyond the specified precision.
  • CEILING and FLOOR: These functions can be used to round numbers up or down to the nearest specified multiple, without changing the precision.
  • FIXED: The FIXED function can be used to display a number with a specified number of decimal places, without actually changing the value of the number.

Formatting cells to display full numbers

When working with Excel, you may encounter situations where you want to display the full numbers without rounding. Here's how you can achieve this:

  • A. Select the cells containing the numbers
  • Begin by selecting the cells in which you want to display the full numbers.

  • B. Navigate to the Format Cells dialog
  • Once the cells are selected, navigate to the "Format Cells" dialog. This can be accessed by right-clicking on the selected cells and choosing "Format Cells" from the context menu.

  • C. Choose the Number tab
  • Within the Format Cells dialog, click on the "Number" tab. This will display the various formatting options for numbers.

  • D. Select "Number" as the category
  • Under the "Number" tab, select "Number" as the category. This will ensure that the cells are formatted as numbers rather than general or other formats.

  • E. Adjust the number of decimal places as desired
  • Finally, you can adjust the number of decimal places to display in the selected cells. If you want to display the full numbers without any decimal places, simply set the decimal places to 0.

Best practices for maintaining precision in Excel

When working with numerical data in Excel, it is important to maintain precision to ensure accurate calculations and analysis. Here are some best practices to follow:

A. Emphasize the importance of consistent data entry

  • 1. Use the correct data type: When entering numerical data, make sure to use the appropriate data type (e.g. number, currency, percentage) to prevent rounding.
  • 2. Avoid manual entry: Whenever possible, use data validation or formulas to ensure consistent and accurate data entry.
  • 3. Verify data sources: Double-check the accuracy of data sources to prevent any rounding errors from the start.

B. Encourage regular checking and auditing of numerical data

  • 1. Use the 'Precision as displayed' option: In the Excel options, enable the 'Precision as displayed' option to prevent rounding of numbers in the worksheet.
  • 2. Review formulas and rounding functions: Check and audit any formulas or rounding functions used in the worksheet to ensure they are not rounding the data.
  • 3. Utilize data analysis tools: Use Excel's data analysis tools to identify any discrepancies or rounding errors in the data.


In conclusion, we have discussed how to prevent Excel from rounding numbers. By using the format cells option and selecting the Number category with the desired number of decimal places, you can ensure that your data remains accurate without rounding. Additionally, we have learned how to use the ROUND function to calculate values without rounding them.

I strongly encourage our readers to apply these techniques to their Excel spreadsheets in order to improve the accuracy of their data. By paying attention to detail and utilizing these formatting options, you can ensure that your Excel data remains precise and reliable.

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