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Fixing SKUs in Scientific Notation
Fixing SKUs in Scientific Notation

Fixing an Excel error that occurs when updating your Product Catalog

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Written by Stuart Arsenault
Updated over a week ago

This guide helps resolve SKUs being converted to scientific notation.

This issue arises any time you're importing product information into Junip via CSV (most commonly for Google Shopping or Syndication).

Some spreadsheet editors such as Microsoft Excel can convert a seller's SKUs to scientific notation.

Normal SKU: 4172043946189

Scientific Notation: 4.17+E12

It is recommended to edit your Product CSV in Google Sheets to avoid the issue with Excel changing data formats. However if you'd like to proceed with editing data in Excel, the below steps show how to resolve this issue.

Managing Column Width

The first step is to ensure that your column for SKU is wide enough to display the full width of values. You can drag the column width to fix this.

Changing the Data

Once the column width is fixed you can change the data type:

  1. Select the column for SKU

  2. Click the dropdown for the data type

  3. Change the data type to Text

Confirming Success

To confirm success, you can open your CSV in a text editor like Notepad and search for "e+" and "E+". If no values are returned then your SKUs have not been saved in scientific notation!

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