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Examining Some Useful Custom Number Formats
Examining Some Useful Custom Number Formats
This tip provides some useful examples of custom number formats.
See Tip 49 for the steps to enter a custom number format in the Format Cells dialog
box as well as a list of the number format codes.
Hiding zeros
In the following number format string, the third element of the string is empty, which causes
zero-value cells to be displayed as blank:
General;General;;@
This format string uses the General format for positive and negative values. You can, of course,
substitute any other format codes.
Displaying leading zeros
To display leading zeros, create a custom number format that uses the 0 character. For example,
if you want all numbers to be displayed with ten digits, use the following number format string;
values with fewer than ten digits are displayed with leading zeros:
0000000000
In the following example, the format string uses the repeat-character code (an asterisk) to apply
leading zeros to fill the entire width of the cell:
*00
Two zeros are required because the first one represents the character to be repeated, and the
second one represents the value to be displayed.
Formatting percentages
Using a percent symbol (%) in a format string displays the cell in Percentage format. Note that
the percent sign also appears on the formula bar.
The following format string formats values less than or equal to 1 in Percentage format (values
greater than 1 and text are formatted using the General format):
[<=1]0.00%;General
 
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