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Custom Number Formats: Big Guide, Popular Codes and a Free Download

Excel provides many default number formats. But often, these formats are not enough. For example:

Example: The default and a modifyed number format.

  • You want to display number in thousands or millions?
  • Or have a thousands separator for percentage values?
  • Or show a plus sign for positive values?

In such case, you need to create a custom number format. In this article, you learn everything you need to know. For making it easier for you, please feel free to download the example Excel file or the handy custom format card for printing it out.

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Force Any Cell to Your Desired Format in Excel

You are changing the cell format, for example from “text” to “number” and nothing happens? Or the other way around, you want to enter a phone number but Excel automatically converts it to a number? Unfortunately, Excel is very unpredictable when it comes to text/number formatting. Here is what you should do in order to force Excel to accept your desired format.
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