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How to format numbers in thousands, million or billions in Excel?

Supposing, you have a list of large numbers, now, you want to format them in thousands, millions or billions to make them look neat and concise as following screenshot shown. This article, I will talk about how to format numbers in thousands, millions or billions quickly in Excel.


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Format numbers in thousands, millions, billions separately with Format Cells function

In Excel, you can create custom format with the Format Cells feature to solve this task, please do as follows:

1. Select the list of numbers which you want to format.

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

3. In the Format Cells dialog box, under the Number tab, select Custom from the left pane, in the Type text box, enter the below format code as you need:

  • Format numbers in thousand: 0, "K"
  • Format numbers in millions: 0,,"M"
  • Format numbers in billions: 0,,,"B"

4. Then click OK to close the dialog box, and your numbers have been formatted in thousands, millions or billions as following screenshot shown:

  • Tips: If you want to format the numbers in thousands or millions with commas as following screenshot shown, please apply this format: #,##0,"K" or #,##0,,"M" into the Format Cells dialog box.

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Format numbers in thousands, millions, billions based on numbers with Format Cells function

If you want to format the numbers in thousands, millions or billions based on the specific numbers instead of only one number format. For example, to display 1,100,000 as 1.1M and110,000 as 110.0K as following screenshot shown.

1. Select the cells contain the numbers you want to format, and then right click Format Cells option from the context menu.

2. In the Format Cells dialog box, under the Number tab, select Custom from the left pane, in the Type text box, enter this format code: [<999950]0.0,"K";[<999950000]0.0,,"M";0.0,,,"B", see screenshot:

3. Then click OK button, and all the numbers have been formatted as the desired format based on the numbers, see screenshot:


Convert abbreviative numbers to normal long numbers (1K = 1000) with formula

Sometimes, you want to do the opposite operation to convert the abbreviative numbers to normal long numbers as below screenshot shown:

Please enter or copy the below formula into a blank cell where you want to get the result:

=IF(ISTEXT(A2),10^(LOOKUP(RIGHT(A2),{"B","K","M"}, {9,3,6}))*LEFT(A2,LEN(A2)-1),A2)

Then, drag the fill handle down to the cells you want to apply this formula, and all the abbreviative numbers have been formatted to the normal long numbers as you need, see screenshot:


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    Adam S. · 6 months ago
    My data set has numbers in tens, hundreds, thousands, millions, and billions. Using the method 2 formula reformats my numbers in tens and hundreds with abbreviation using “k.” For example, using the method 2 formula turns “135” into “0.1k” and “45” into “0.0k.” How does the method 2 formula need to be modified to keep “135” and “45?”
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      skyyang · 3 months ago
      Hello, Adam,
      To solve your problem, please apply the below formula:
      =SUBSTITUTE(TEXT(ROUND(A2/(1000^INT(LOG10(A2)/3)),2),"#.## ") & CHOOSE(INT(LOG10(A2)/3)+1,"","K","M","B","T"),". ","")
      Please try, hope it can help you!
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    Darlene M · 2 years ago
    Perfect solution - thank you!!
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    Steven Mardas · 2 years ago
    Hi everyone

    I found this did not work for me. Try this instead:

    To display amounts in Thousands > Highlight cell(s) > Go to "Format Cells" > Go to "Custom" > Type exactly #,###,
    To display amounts in Millions > Highlight cell(s) > Go to "Format Cells" > Go to "Custom" > Type exactly #,###,###,
    and so on .....

    I found it worked for me ! Cheers !
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      kapil · 2 years ago
      Its working, Do this for thousands
      #,##0, "K"
      or
      0, "K"

      for millions write this in type 0,, "M"

      best of luck
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        Rene · 2 years ago
        It also depends on your locale. For me it only work, if I replace the commas with points. So
        0. "K"
        or
        0.. "M"
        work good on my PC with German locale.