Excel 2016 from Scratch Exercise
Custom Number Formats B
An Excel tutorial by Peter Kalmstrom
this exercise in the Excel 2016 from Scratch series, Peter Kalmstrom shows
how to set custom number formats in Excel.
Text cannot be calculated, so a custom number format is useful when you want
to add some text, for example a sort, in a cell. If you use a customer number
format for that, Excel will stil consider the figures in the cell a number,
and it will be possible to use it in a calculation.
As an example Peter uses ferries that take passengers around in the Stockholm
archipelago. For the calculation of number of tours and passengers, it is
more clear to have the sorts "pass" (for passanger) and "tour" in the cells
where the number is given.
If you want to try the exercise yourself, please
download the Excel file Peter uses in the demo!
This is what Peter shows in the demo below:
Peter uses Excel 2016 for his demo, but the Excel calculation functions are
the same for earlier versions of Excel.
- How to name a cell to use it as an absolute reference.
- How to multiply the values of two cells.
- How to divide the values of two cells.
- How to change a decimal value into percentage.
- How to reduce the number of decimals for a range of cells.
- How to apply Cell Styles to differentiate cells with input values from
cells with calculated values.
- How to create a custom number format.