Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Working with Excel Fundamentals
Excel lets you format your data in just the way you need. Formatting options
are on the Home Ribbon, in the Number category.
Figure 1-12 shows how formatting helps in the readability and
understanding of a worksheet. Cell B1 has a monetary amount and is formatted with the
Accounting style. Cell B2 is formatted as a percent. The actual value in cell B2
is .05. Cell B7 is formatted as currency. The currency format displays a
negative value in parentheses. This is just one of the formatting options for
currency. Chapter 5 explains further about formatting currency.
Figure 1-12:
Besides selecting formatting on the Home Ribbon, you can use the familiar
(in previous versions) Format Cells dialog box. This is the place to go for all
your formatting needs beyond what’s available on the toolbar. You can even
create custom formats. You can display the Format Cells dialog box
two ways:
On the Home Ribbon, click the drop-down list from the Number
category, and then click More Number Formats.
Right-click any cell and select Format Cells from the pop-up menu.
Figure 1-13 shows the Format Cells dialog box. So many settings are there,
it can make your head spin! I discuss this dialog box and formatting more
extensively in Chapter 5.
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