# Format to millions in Excel

Excel format is commonly used for handling large datasets due to its ability to organize and analyze data efficiently. It provides a structured layout with rows and columns, making it easier to input, manipulate, and visualize data. Excel’s formulas and functions enable complex calculations and data analysis. Its compatibility with other software allows for seamless data exchange and collaboration. Overall, Excel’s versatility and familiarity make it a preferred choice for managing and presenting large amounts of data.

## Formatting Numeric Data to “Millions” in Excel

Here’s how you can achieve it:

Step 1: Select the cell or range of cells containing the numeric data you want to format.

Step 2: Right-click on the selected cell(s) and choose “Format Cells” from the context menu. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+1 to open the Format Cells dialog box.

Step 3: In the Format Cells dialog box, select the “Number” tab.

Step 4: From the Category list, choose “Custom.”

Step 5: In the “Type” field, enter the following custom number format: `0,,,"M"`

Explanation of the custom number format:

• The first zero represents the whole number part.
• The three commas represent the thousands separator.
• The “M” at the end denotes millions.

Step 6: Click “OK” to apply the custom number format to the selected cell(s).

Now, any numeric value you enter in the formatted cell(s) will be displayed in millions. For example, if you enter 1500000, it will be displayed as 1.5M.

You can also apply this custom number format to a column or an entire worksheet by selecting the respective range before following the above steps.

Remember that the underlying value in the cell remains unchanged; only the display format is modified. If you use the cell in calculations or formulas, Excel will consider the actual value, not the formatted one.

## Cell format to round off to thousands, millions, billions

Here’s how you can do it:

1. Select the cell or range of cells that you want to format.
2. Right-click on the selected cell(s) and choose “Format Cells” from the context menu. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+1 to open the Format Cells dialog box.
3. In the Format Cells dialog box, select the “Number” tab.
4. From the Category list, choose “Custom.”
5. In the “Type” field, enter one of the following custom number formats based on your desired rounding:
• To round off to thousands: `#,##0,"K"`
• To round off to millions: `#,##0,,"M"`
• To round off to billions: `#,##0,,,"B"`

Explanation of the custom number formats:

• The pound sign (#) represents a digit placeholder.
• The comma (,) is used as a thousand separator.
• The letter “K” denotes thousands.
• The letter “M” denotes millions.
• The letter “B” denotes billions.
1. Click “OK” to apply the custom number format to the selected cell(s).

Now, any numeric value you enter in the formatted cell(s) will be rounded off to the specified unit (thousands, millions, or billions). For example, if you enter 1500000, it will be displayed as 1.5M when using the custom format for millions.

You can also apply these custom number formats to columns or entire worksheets by selecting the respective ranges before following the above steps.

Remember that the underlying value in the cell remains unchanged; only the display format is modified. If you use the cell in calculations or formulas, Excel will consider the actual value, not the formatted one.