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 2-16). The procedure is thoroughly explained in the Help system.

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Excel applies some numeric formatting automatically, based on the entry. For example, if you precede a number with a currency symbol (a dollar sign in the U.S.), Excel applies Currency number formatting. A new feature in Excel 2007 enables you to apply number formatting conditionally, using the conditional formatting feature.

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