% cell formatting to 16 decimal places

jkgreen

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How do I keep Excel 2010 from auto formatting a percentage cell to 16 decimal places upon the first calculation in the cell? Is there a place where I can set that auto format to 2 decimal places?
 

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cpg84

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How do I keep Excel 2010 from auto formatting a percentage cell to 16 decimal places upon the first calculation in the cell? Is there a place where I can set that auto format to 2 decimal places?

Select every cell that you are referring to and format them as percentage with 2 decimal points.

Seems simple, or am I not understanding correctly?
 

jkgreen

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Yeah, it doesn't matter which worksheet I have open, often when I divide one number by another to get a percentage, the formatting automatically selects 14, 15 or 16 decimal places. I'm wondering if there is a setting that I can change so that any percentage calculations will be formatted to two or three decimal places.
 

cpg84

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What version of Office are you using? If you have 2007 or 2010, go to Options and then Advanced. It will say ho many decimal points are defaulted in. 2003 should have a similar menu as well.
 

jkgreen

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I have Excel 2010. I looked in the options but did not see anything. I'll have to take another look later this morning.
 
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