How do I get the spotlight calculator to always use scientific notation?

This is how it looks by default:

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But I would rather that the answer above was displayed as 2.07935e-10

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Looks like you'll need to force a result too big or small to be shown in decimal format.

So multiply everything by 1e100 to force scientific format, and then just subtract 100 from the exponent that appears:

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