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Number Formats

Number Format Cycles

A number format cycle includes one or more number formats. Simply repeat a cycle's shortcut keystroke to apply the next format in the cycle to selected cells. Macabacus comes pre-loaded with carefully selected number formats that we think you will find useful for each cycle. The number formats in each cycle can be customized on the Numbers tab of the Application Settings dialog.

The number formats in each cycle can be customized on the Numbers tab of the Application Settings dialog. Check the Align numbers right box on the Numbers tab to automatically align numbers to the right of the cell when applying number formats using these cycles. Check the Italicize percentages box on the Numbers tab to automatically italicize fonts when applying percentage number formats.

International Currencies

A single dollar sign ("$") in a number format instructs Excel to apply the currency symbol (e.g.,"€", "£") set in Windows. To ensure that currencies are formatted in USD, regardless of your Windows currency symbol setting, replace all occurrences of "$" with "[$$]" in your currency number formats.

Too Many Number Formats

If a number format cycle does not appear to be working, the workbook may contain too many number formats (an Excel limitation). Try removing unused number formats from the workbook.

If you receive an "Invalid number format" error when customizing number format cycles, the active workbook may contain too many number formats. In this scenario, open a new workbook and try again.

General Cycle

Example: 1,000; 1,000.0; 1000

Ctrl
Shift
!

Local Currency Cycle

Example: $345; $1,234.5; $15.75

Ctrl
Shift
$

Foreign Currency Cycle

Example: €500.0; ¥20,000; £14.5

Ctrl
Alt
Shift
$

Percent Cycle

Example: 49.9%; 150bps; L+350

Ctrl
Shift
%

Multiple Cycle

Example: 8.9x; 1.25x

Ctrl
Shift
*

Date Cycle

Example: 9/30/2016; 2016-09-30; Sep 30, 2016

Ctrl
Shift
@

Binary Cycle

Example: Yes/No; Y/N; On/Off; True/False

Ctrl
Shift
Y

Ratio Cycle

Example: 1.23:1; 6/10

Alt
Shift
:

Decimal Adjustment

Thousands and Decimal Separators

For optimal Increase/Decrease Decimals performance, ensure that your thousands and decimal separator (e.g., "," and ".") settings in Excel match your system separator settings.

Increase Decimals

Increase the number of decimal places shown for numeric values in selected cells. Repeat to continue increasing the number of decimal places shown.

Ctrl
,

Shift Decimal Left

Shift the decimal point to the left for all numeric inputs within the selected range of cells. This has the same effect as dividing by 10. Repeat to continue shifting the decimal point to the left. Note that this operation works on numeric inputs, only, and will not modify formulas.

Alt
Shift
<

Decrease Decimals

Decrease the number of decimal places shown for numeric values in selected cells. Repeat to continue increasing the number of decimal places shown.

Ctrl
.

Shift Decimal Right

Shift the decimal point to the right for all numeric inputs within the selected range of cells. This has the same effect as multiplying by 10. Repeat to continue shifting the decimal point to the right. Note that this operation works on numeric inputs, only, and will not modify formulas.

Alt
Shift
>

This documentation refers to Macabacus version 8.8.4, and may differ from the PDF documentation
on your computer that installed with your version of Macabacus.