How to change numbers and currency format in Windows 10

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Numerical data in Word documents or Excel spreadsheets can be presented in many formats. Numeric values represent a quantity of some type: volume of sales, number of items, distance, weights, test scores, etc. Values also can be dates such as Feb 14, 2020, or times such as 1:35 PM.

Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint use system settings to represent numerical data.

In Microsoft Windows 10, you can:


Change the locale format

To view or change locale formats in Windows 10, do the following:

   1.   Open Control Panel.

See How to open Control Panel in Windows 10.

   2.   In the Control Panel dialog box, choose Change date, time, or number formats:

Control Panel Windows 10

   3.   To change the selected locale, in the Region dialog box, from the Format dropdown list, choose the locale format you need:

Locale Format in Windows 10

After selecting the format, click the Apply button.

The selected locale format will change the representation for numeric data, currencies, dates, and times accepted in the selected region. For example, when you select the French (Canada) format instead of English (United States), will be changed:

  • Short date format to yyyy-MM-dd instead of M/d/yyyy,
  • Long date format to d MMMM yyyy instead of dddd, MMMM, d, yyyy,
  • Negative number format to (-1,1 $) instead of ($1.1):
    Negative number format in Windows 10
  • The measurement system to Metric instead of U.S. format and so on.

Change the number and currency format

To see or change the predefined number and currency formats in Windows 10, do the following:

   1.   Open Control Panel.

See How to open Control Panel in Windows 10.

   2.   In the Control Panel dialog box, choose Change date, time, or number formats.

   3.   To change the predefined format for positive, negative numbers and currency, in the Region dialog box, choose Additional settings...:

Additional settings Windows 10

   4.   In the Customize Format dialog box, on the Currency tab:

  • From the Currency symbol dropdown list, type or choose the appropriate symbol to define the currency:
    Currency symbol in Windows 10

    For example, if you prefer to use the international abbreviation USD (United States dollar) instead of the symbol $.

    Note: After clicking the Apply button, you can see how Windows will show amounts in the Example group at the bottom of the dialog box:

    Example of Currency symbol in Windows 10
  • From the Positive currency format dropdown list, choose the format for the positive values:
    Positive currency format in Windows 10

    For example, if you prefer to see a space between the currency symbol and the value:

    Example of Positive currency format in Windows 10
  • From the Negative currency format dropdown list, choose the format for the negative values:
    Negative currency format in Windows 10

    For example, if you prefer to see a negative value with a minus sign and no parentheses:

    Example of Negative currency format in Windows 10

Remove custom changes

To remove custom changes in the Windows 10 system, do one of the following:

  • Change the locale format in the Region dialog box (may not remove customization for the currency format),
  • Click the Reset button in the Customize formats dialog box (on the Numbers tab, the Currency tab, the Time tab, and the Date tab):
Reset in Customize formats dialog box Windows 10

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