How to Quickly apply Currency number format in Excel

In this article, we will learn How to Quickly apply Currency number format in Excel.


To get the currency format Go to Home tab and find a dollar symbol, click it to get currency format. This is too easy then just use keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + 4 ($). format the selected range of cells as u.s. Currency accessing the currency formats in excel as explained below.

Different Currency formats in Excel

There are some recommended currency formats given in the drop down list of currency's list in Excel.

There popular ones are

  • English (India) : Indian currency
  • English (United kingdom) : UK dollar
  • Euro : European currency
  • English (United States) : US dollar

Example :

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have two numbers, one positive and one negative. See what happens when we select both numbers and use Ctrl + Shift + $ (from keyboard).

As you can see the transformation to $ (dollar) currency. You can get a different currency format using the Format cells option (shortcut key Ctrl + 1).


More shortcut keys

Format Shortcut key
General number Ctrl + Shift + ~
Currency format Ctrl + Shift + $
Percentage format Ctrl + Shift + %
Scientific format Ctrl + Shift + ^
Date format Ctrl + Shift + #
Time format Ctrl + Shift + @
Custom formats Ctrl + 1

Here are all the observational notes using the formula in Excel
Notes :

  1. Currency format use negative values in red and bracket depending on the selected currency.
  2. Use number formatting to convert the value into another format. The value remains the same.
  3. Use percentage format when using percentage rate values in Excel.
  4. Every Excel Formula starts with ( = ) sign.
  5. Numerical values can be given directly or using the cell reference.


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