custom format, M has to be "M"

lezawang

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Mar 27, 2016
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Hi
I have number between 1M to 10M. So I wanted to format to show

1 M instead of 1 000 000

So I went to format cells-->custom and typed #,, M
But excel gave me error message

I had to write it like this #,,"M"

Why is that? If I wrote #,,K

excel wont give me error message. So only when I use M then M has to be between " "

Thank you very much.
 

Rick Rothstein

MrExcel MVP
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Apr 18, 2011
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2010
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Windows
The Custom Formatter thinks the M is a shortcut pattern for the word Month, so you must put it in quotes (or, alternately, precede it with a backslash) so it sees it as a plain character and not a pattern meta-character.
 

ISY

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Nov 16, 2009
Messages
224
Hi

Excel custom number formats

#.##0.K
8490 --> 8K

#.##0.." M"
12452456 --> 12 M
 

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