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How to align column of numbers by decimal point in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2014-08-25

Sometimes, we need to align the numbers by decimal point in a column in worksheet to make the numbers more neatly and beautifully as following screenshot shown.

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In Excel, we can align the column of numbers by decimal point by using the Format Cells function. In this article, you will get the details.

Align column of numbers by decimal point in Excel


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To align the column of numbers by decimal point in Excel, please do as follows:

1. Select your numbers list which you want to align them by decimal point.

2. Right click, and choose Format Cells from the context menu, see screenshot:

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3. Then, in the Format Cells dialog box, click Custom under Number tab, and enter this 0.???? into the Type box, see screenshot:

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Note: The ? stands for the number of your decimal digits, it depends on your largest decimal digits. If the highest decimal places is 5, you just need to enter five question marks as you need.

4. Then click OK to close this dialog, the numbers in the selected cells will line up on the decimal point for left, center and right alignment. See screenshot:

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Note: If your data contains the whole numbers, they will be added a dot mark after the whole number.

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how do i line up decimals in numbers 519.7 and 4.093.. lol
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Hello, moran,
Select the number cells, and then, you just need to enter 0.??? into the Format Cells dialog box.
Please try, thank you!
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Has anyone found the answer to zylstra's question (how to get rid of the decimal point while keeping the alignment)?
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Yes. I've done this. Although my post keeps getting removed.
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Although not pixel-strict alignment, but almost indistinguishable from that:
Step 1:
Format Cells -> Number -> Custom -> "0.????"
Step 2:
Conditional Format ->
New Rule -> Use a formula -> "=B2=TRUNC(B2)"
Format... -> Number -> Custom -> "0 ________"
Applies to -> "=$B$2:$B$18"

Note 1: Number of '_'s is twice of number of '?'s.
Note 2: Symbol between '0' and '_' is U+2009 THIN SPACE
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Although not pixel-strict alignment, but almost indistinguishable from that:
imgur: Y5DPdfS
Step 1:
Format Cells -> Number -> Custom -> "0.????"
imgur: 94q7vJH
Step 2:
Conditional Format ->
New Rule -> Use a formula -> "=B2=TRUNC(B2)"
imgur: LaTwE2Z
Format... -> Number -> Custom -> "0 ________"
imgur: GOcuE9M
Applies to -> "=$B$2:$B$18"
imgur: 953EWYh

Note 1: Number of '_'s is twice of number of '?'s.
Note 2: Symbol between '0' and '_' is U+2009 THIN SPACE (' ')
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Any way to get rid of the decimal for whole numbers?
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I've been looking for an answer to that question for a good while. I need a way to do this with custom number formatting and haven't found a solution. I don't have to say that often with Excel, but I don't think it's possible.
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use "0.0???", to force a 0 after the decimal. "2." becomes "2.0"
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Doesn't eliminate the decimal point for whole numbers.
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