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Altering the Displayed Format of Numbers to the Nearest 100

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 21, 2018)

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Frank asked if there is a way, using a custom number format, to round the display of numbers to the nearest 10, 100, etc., without affecting the original numbers.

The answer is that there is a way, and there isn't a way. (Don't you love those answers?) There are custom number formats that allow you to round the display to the nearest thousand or the nearest million, as follows:

[<=500] "0";#,"000"
[<=500000] "0";#,,"000000"

The first format will round to the nearest thousand, and the second will round to the nearest million. If you are looking for a custom format that will round to some other power of 10, you are out of luck, however. In those instances, the best solution may be to simply create another worksheet that uses formulas for rounding and uses the contents of the original worksheet as the source.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (10781) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Altering the Displayed Format of Numbers to the Nearest 100.

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With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 2 - 2?

2018-06-22 05:45:31

Mark Watson

Another way (again sort of) is to use the exponential formatting that's visible in the Custom format type on the Number tab of the Format Cells pop-up.

##0.0E+0 - this will show the number rounded to the 100s place if the number can be expressed with the engineering notation of kilo. And of course you would need to be comfortable with using exponential notation.


2016-04-04 18:49:28

Chris

You can also use ROUND() with a negative number in the num_digits field. For example:
=ROUND(1563,-1) will display 1560
=ROUND(1563,-2) will display 1600


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