With custom number formatting you can change how your data is displayed. For example, you can set all negative numbers in parentheses or add your currency symbol to spend data. To apply a custom number format to a selection on your sheet, click on Format in your workbook's menu bar.
This will open up a familiar looking console where you can configure how your data should be presented. You'll write a set of rules in the console that will be applied to the data on your sheet. You can specify as many rules as you need. Clicking on "Templates" you'll be able to browse common formattings that you can use as a starting point.
Syntax for setting formats
To use colors in your format, write a color name in brackets (for example, [Blue]) anywhere in the desired part of the format. You must use English color names. The colors that can be used are
cyan. You can also use
Color#, where the
# symbol is a number between 1 and 56 corresponding to the 56 Excel ColorIndex colors. If you specify a color in the custom format, that color will take precedence over colors selected in the text color picker.
The following symbols can be used to format numbers:
Digit or Zero
Digit if needed
Digit or Space
Number is multiplied by 100 before it is shown.
Pass through whatever text is inside the quotation marks as-is.
Pass the the next character through as-is.
These symbols are printed as-is, without the need to use quotations or escape characters.
When value is non-numeric, show it as is:
Given a number representation of a date, you can also format dates and times:
Two digit year
Four digit year
Two digit month
Month name abbreviation
Full month name
Single letter month abbreviation
Full weekday name
0–23 or 1–12
00–23 or 01–12
Sets clock to 12h and emits AM or PM.
Sets clock to 12h and emits A or P.
Elapsed time in hours
Elapsed time in minutes
Elapsed time in seconds