Numeric formatting

Numeric formatting refers to how a number appears in the cell. In addition to choosing from an extensive list of predefined formats, you can create your own formats (see Figure 2-6). The procedure is thoroughly explained in the online Help system.

Figure 2-6: Excel's numeric formatting options are very flexible.

Excel applies some numeric formatting automatically, based on the entry. For example, if you precede a number with your currency symbol (a dollar sign in the U.S.), Excel applies Currency number formatting.

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