Number format thousand separator and no decimals
Every time (many days a year) I train people in Excel, someone ask why there is no button or shortcut to obtain a number format with "thousand separator and no decimals". At least - in northern Europe - this is the most common used number format. If "button-solution" not possible for Microsoft in order to have common buttons world-wide, at least a shortcut for this has been much appreciated. (Note that the current button for thousand separator and two decimals could not be used, though the alignment in that format are not disired/good and two decimals used).
Today I teach student to:
1) be quick to hit Ctrl+1 -- Tab - down arrow -- Tab -- downarrow -- Tab -- space -- Enter
2) Use my macro button - but hornestly, I hate to have macro for something common and simple due to lack of "undo".
3) Maybe some day (and I said that for 10 years now) Microsoft will do it :-)
Stephaan VB commented
Dit kan geen wens zijn voor alle gebruikers! Want bv. enkel in Amerika gebruikt men de komma als scheidingsteken voor duizendtallen, terwijl bv. in België men de duizendtallen scheidt met een spatie, zo kan je ook na de komma dan getallen per duizendtallen mooi schrijven, een voorbeeld:
wij schrijven 1 235, 234 230 kg.
Je kan al in de 'landinstellingen' de schrijfwijze van getallen, notaties, datums en uren zelf al correct instellen en zo een uniforme schrijfwijze in uw data bekomen. Wil je een uitzondering dan blijft dat uiteraard een uitzondering die dan wel persoonlijk is en daar kan je geen algemene regel voor instellen.
David Benaim commented
OMG yes!!! I also have a Macro that I use daily and Im also an Excel trainer so; explain how it isn't available. This should be the default!!!! Plus number formats with k or M is also lacking, PowerBI does it automatically
There is a button to move the decimal point, requires two clicks, but fast if I can remember which button to click - I often go the wrong way.
A customizable "My format" button might be desirable.
Jim T commented
isn't this just a custom format already available? #,##0 What would be more globally helpful is the ability to save a custom format as a ribbon button in excel. Then it's not a matter of being for just one format, but giving the user the power to create a custom format and make it quickly accessable.
Joseph T commented
Sounds like just giving users the option to customize the ribbon would be the best option here. If I could pick my top 2 or 3 most-used formatting options to put in place of these, I’d love that.
Chris, one problem still there; the alignment is still a problem even though you get rid of decimals.
Sergei Baklan commented
Serg, more exactly that affects Accounting format. With Chris' approach if you click on comma icon in number section of the ribbon you'll have the number with thousand separator but without decimals.
Chris, it work for currency, but it need for all numeric format too not currency only
You can set this as a default, but it is not done in Excel. Use Control Panel settings > Currency. It will work with numbers. Here is a video I put on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2-2IYgzKWc I tested by typing in numbers, selecting the column and clicking Comma Style in Excel 2016. Closed Excel, restarted and test in a new workbook. Still works.
please create a shortcut for thousand separator and no decimals
Andre, your suggested solution is only working in the current workbook (not in new/other workbooks), which means you have to do this in every workbook…but a nice solution is a macro connected to the Comma-style (with undo-functionallity) - se Bill Jelen´s recent video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUZf88FmS3M
BUT...still we need a change of the standard button as suggested.
Andre Terra commented
This is already possible with Excel as is. Just change the Number Format of the 'Comma' style (Alt H J, right click Comma, select 'Modify') and the Comma button will now format it to whatever format you picked.
To make this somewhat permanent, save your blank workbook with the modified Comma style as a Template Workbook called Book.xltx under your XLSTART folder and this will be your new workbook every time you open Excel
I would like to have a formatting button on the ribbon that can be customized. I have a preferred number format that I always use. Would like to be able to set a 1 click solution that is visible on the ribbon and ideally available for use with an Alt key shortcut.
Dennis, that is not working (at least not in Sweden).
Dennis Taylor commented
Until that new button arrives (if it ever does), you can press Alt+h+9 twice to get rid of the display of two decimal places
Niclas Erlandsson commented
The suggestion to replace the Comma Style button is great. More users will use it. I always use the present one and 99% of the times followed by two clicks on the button for lessen one decimal. I'd prefer one click on one button instead of three clicks on two buttons. Total button area will not increased by this nice suggestion.
Bart Titulaer commented
Maybe leave the button as is is, but give the user with the quick menu (right mouse button) the option to change the behavior of this button a bit. for example the 000 button, set decimals and the finance/currency button: set the default currency.
Chris, Yes a button on the ribbon. Nobody uses the current button “Comma Style” (the button in the middle of the group Number in the Home-tab). Replace that button with my suggested button = No impact on the total ribbon size.
Our Excel training company train thousands of Excel users every year, and I have not heard anyone actually using the current “Comma Style”-button - and they really love to have my suggested button instead, I promise you!
a Product Manager of Excel should always analyze the impact for criteria like usability and time cost. And if users had 1 (one) mouse-click instead of 7 (seven) mouse-click EVERY time, I promise you…you will save a lot of time for the total numbers of Excel users.
Please note: I am not trying to argue against implementing what you are asking. But, if I were the Product Managers of Excel, I would definitely analyse the Impact of your suggestion against the criteria i mentioned (probably in a more "defined" way though), in order to rank suggestions made on this board by "Urgency"/"Impact"