FormatNumber Function

Returns an expression formatted as a number.

Syntax

FormatNumber ( Expression [, NumDigitsAfterDecimal ] [, IncludeLeadingDigit ] [, UseParensForNegativeNumbers ] [, GroupDigits ] )

The FormatNumber function syntax has these arguments:

Argument

Description

Expression

Required. Expression to be formatted.

NumDigitsAfterDecimal

Optional. Numeric value indicating how many places to the right of the decimal are displayed. Default value is –1, which indicates that the computer's regional settings are used.

IncludeLeadingDigit

Optional. Tristate constant that indicates whether or not a leading zero is displayed for fractional values. See Settings section for values.

UseParensForNegativeNumbers

Optional. Tristate constant that indicates whether or not to place negative values within parentheses. See Settings section for values.

GroupDigits

Optional. Tristate constant that indicates whether or not numbers are grouped using the group delimiter specified in the computer's regional settings. See Settings section for values.


Settings

The IncludeLeadingDigit, UseParensForNegativeNumbers, and GroupDigits arguments have the following settings:

Constant

Value

Description

vbTrue

–1

True

vbFalse

0

False

vbUseDefault

–2

Use the setting from the computer's regional settings.


Remarks

When one or more optional arguments are omitted, the values for omitted arguments are provided by the computer's regional settings.

Note:  All settings information comes from the Regional Settings Number tab.

Examples

Expression

Results

SELECT FormatNumber([SalePrice]) AS Expr1 FROM ProductSales;

Formats the currency values in "SalePrice" field into "Number" format and returns in column Expr1.

SELECT FormatNumber([Discount],2,-1,-1,-1) AS DiscountedPrice FROM ProductSales;

Formats the number values in "Discount" field into "Number" format with 2 decimal points, all less than 1 values will have "0" before the decimal, negative values will covered in parentheses, the value will be grouped by default delimiter ("1000" will be displayed as 1,000.00, "-1000" will be displayed as (1,000.00), "0" will be displayed as 0.00).

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