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Custom number format in Excel

by chaitanya / March 19, 2004 2:10 AM PST

Hi
I need to create a custom number format in Excel in the following format-
12,34,56,78,999.00

that, is the first three digits right of the decimal should be in one group and thereafter 2 digits in a group.
Tried to create it but cant understant how to...

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Re:Custom number format in Excel
by Poorgrunt / March 19, 2004 2:43 AM PST

Are all the numbers the same length? If so, try putting the comma in quotation marks as in: "," under Format Cells CUSTOM (I assume you already know the "Create or delete a custom number format" procedure).

In other words, your custom format would look like:

##","##","##,##","###.00

However, shorter numbers will have leading comma's and larger numbers will revert back to norm.

Sorry, not really a solution, more of a "work around"- it is an interesting problem- I would be interested in how it is best solved.

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Re:Re:Custom number format in Excel
by Kees Bakker / March 19, 2004 4:05 AM PST

Had I seen your reply before I posted mine (it took me some time to find out the solution below) I wouldn't have written it. But now I can tell you the way to do it when some of the numbers are shorter.

Write your own custom format function (via Tools/Macro/Visual Basic, create a module first, then a function). Use the format for the longest number to fill a temporary variable, which can become something like ,,,,1.00. Then loop through this variable to find the first non-comma (use mid-function) and extract the final part (use right function and len-function).

Just try it if you're interested. Only moderate programming skills are required.


Kees

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Re:Re:Re:Custom number format in Excel
by JethroUK / March 20, 2004 7:27 AM PST

since "Only moderate programming skills are required." - maybe you would like to show us this function

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Re:Re:Re:Re:Custom number format in Excel
by Kees Bakker / March 20, 2004 6:06 PM PST

To solve one possibly misunderstanding: it's not a way to format the cell you type the number in. It's a way to get the formatted number into another cell.

With some assistance of the help I've got just enough programming skills in VBA to do this, with an example from a book to start with.

You might start with a function that's says "Hello world." in cell B1 if you type anything in cell A1. Of course, this can easily be done with a formula, but it will give you a feeling of making a function in VBA. Then change the string from 'Hello world." to the formatted number in A1 with your own format (use format-function), then use some character handling functions (like mid, left, right, len) to finish it off.

It's highly instructive and educational to do so yourself.


Kees

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Re:Custom number format in Excel
by Kees Bakker / March 19, 2004 3:48 AM PST

My Excel (97) simply refuses to treat the comma as anything else than a thousands separator. Even if I specify ##,##,##,##0.00 it puts 3 digits between the comma's.

However, you can substitute any character you like for the comma and then it will be accepted. It can be A for example, returning 12A34A56#78A999,00. And it can be alt-0-1-3-0 (numlock on, presumably), which in Arial or Tahoma looks like a normal comma to you and me, but is in fact a single low-9 quotation mark (see http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/reference/sbcs/1252.htm, the definition of the Windows character set).

So that would be the solution for your custom format, I think. Simply don't use a comma but something that looks like it.

Hope this helps.


Kees

Hope this helps.

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