Excel 2016: Formatting: The Number Group

Updated 2017.08.07


·       Format numbers

·       Format dates


Note: Before doing any formatting commands, the cells must be selected (highlighted) first. Use the fat white plus sign to select cells.


Great tip: To copy an existing format, use the format painter button https://p3plcpnl0895.prod.phx3.secureserver.net:2078/public_html/Excel/2013/003-Formatting_files/image001.jpg on the Home tab.

Number Formatting

To make numbers look like this:

Do this


$12.34 (currency)

·       Click on the Home tab.

·       Click on the accounting number format button: https://p3plcpnl0895.prod.phx3.secureserver.net:2078/public_html/Excel/2013/003-Formatting_files/image003.jpg (gives 2 decimal places by default)

50% (percent)

·       Click on the Home tab.

·       Click on the percent style button: https://p3plcpnl0895.prod.phx3.secureserver.net:2078/public_html/Excel/2013/003-Formatting_files/image004.jpg

12,345.67 (comma)

·       Click on the Home tab.

·       Click on the comma style button: https://p3plcpnl0895.prod.phx3.secureserver.net:2078/public_html/Excel/2013/003-Formatting_files/image005.jpg

Anything else

Right-click on the cell(s), and choose Format Cells from the popup menu


To achieve this:

Do this:

Increase the number of decimal places

·       Click on the Home tab.

·       Click on the Increase Decimal button: https://p3plcpnl0895.prod.phx3.secureserver.net:2078/public_html/Excel/2013/003-Formatting_files/image006.jpg

Decrease the number of decimal places

·       Click on the Home tab.

·       Click on the Decrease Decimal button: https://p3plcpnl0895.prod.phx3.secureserver.net:2078/public_html/Excel/2013/003-Formatting_files/image007.jpg

There are also named number formats: