## How to add currency symbols in Excel?

In this tutorial, we will explore the techniques for adding add currency symbols to any numbers or formula results in Excel. Our ExtendOffice team has listed 3 effective approaches for your convenience:

#### Add currency symbol to numbers with shortcut keys

This method will use Ctrl, Shift, and the dollar sign (4) on your keyboard. Easy to use and remember.

1. Select any cell(s) with a numeric value where you want to add a currency symbol.
2. Press and hold down Ctrl + Shift, then press the dollar sign (4).

The shortcut is to apply the Currency format with two decimals and thousands separator (,). This is how it looks after applying the trick on columns B and D:

Note: If you don't want the decimal places and thousands separators, and only want to add a currency symbol, use the following method.

#### Add currency symbol to formula results by adding a trick to formula

As we can see from the table below, there are no currency symbols before the values in the revenue column, which are results returned by formulas. To add currency symbol to formula results, you can add “currency symbol”& after equal sign (=) of a formula. Let's say we need to add the dollar sign (\$) before the below formula results, please do as follows:

1. For the formula =SUMPRODUCT(B2,C2), we can add "\$"& after the equal sign (=) of the formula, so the formula becomes: ="\$"&SUMPRODUCT(B2,C2).
2. Press ENTER to get the result.

Now you can see a dollar sign is appearred before the formula's result. Then you can copy the formula to the cells below by dragging the fill handle down.

☞ Tips: To add other common currency symbols, here we have listed some ALT codes:

ALT codeCurrency symbolDescription
Alt + 36 \$ Dollar
Alt + 155 ¢ Cent
Alt + 156 £ Pound
Alt + 157 ¥ Yuan
Alt + 0128 Euro
How to use: Press and hold down Alt, type the code value on the numeric pad, release Alt.

#### Add currency symbols to numbers with Format Cells feature in Excel

There are 2 ways to add currency symbols in cells with the Format Cells feature --- Currency formats and Accounting formats. First, let’s take a look at the differences between the two formats:

 With Currency Formats: The currency symbol spears next to the first digit of the numbers. Zeros and negative numbers are shown regularly. You can specify the format for negative numbers in four options: -\$12.3, -\$12.3, (\$12.3), or (\$12.3). (If you don’t like the existing options, create your own format in the category Custom of the Format Cells feature.) With Accounting Formats: The currency symbol is on the left edge of cells. Zeros are written as a hyphen (-). Negative numbers are enclosed in parentheses without negative signs.

Now that you have a clearer idea that which format suits you better, let’s move to the usage of each feature.

##### Use Currency formats

Let’s say you want to add currency symbols to columns B and D:

1. Select one of the columns, hold Ctrl and select the other one.

2. Choose a way you like to open the Format Cells window:
a. Press Ctrl + 1.
b. Right-click on any selected cell(s), click Format Cells on the context menu.
c. Click the Dialog Box Launcher next to Number on the Home tab of Excel.

3. Go to Currency under the Number tab. Set the decimal places, currency symbol, and format for negative numbers.

4. Click OK.

##### Use Accounting formats

Here is the same example to add currency symbols to columns B and D:

1. Select one of the columns, hold Ctrl and select the other one.

2. Choose a way you like to open the Format Cells window:
a. Press Ctrl + 1.
b. Right-click on any selected cell(s), click Format Cells on the context menu.
c. Click the Dialog Box Launcher next to Number on the Home tab of Excel.

3. Go to Accounting under the Number tab. Set the decimal places and currency symbol.

4. Click OK.

√ Note: To remove the currency formatting of specific cells, you should select the cells first, then open the Format Cells window and go to General under the Number tab, click OK.

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