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Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Number Formatting Shortcuts.
The typical way that people apply formatting to cells is to use the tools on the toolbars or to display the Format Cells dialog box and make formatting choices. For those who prefer to not remove their hands from the keyboard, however, Excel also provides a number of handy shortcuts you can use to format your cells.
|Ctrl+Shift+!||Number format with two decimal places and thousands separator|
|Ctrl+Shift+$||Currency format with two decimal places and negatives in parentheses|
|Ctrl+Shift+@||Time format with minutes and am/pm|
|Ctrl+Shift+%||Percentage format with no decimal places|
|Ctrl+Shift+^||Scientific notation with two decimal places|
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2987) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Number Formatting Shortcuts.
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