Format numbers as currency in Excel Online

To show numbers as currency, you can apply either the Currency format or the Accounting format.

(You'll find a comparison of the two formats in the Currency or Accounting section, below.)

  1. Select the cells that you want to format and then, in the Number group on the Home tab, click the down arrow in the Number Format box.

  2. Choose either Currency or Accounting.

    Available number formats

Excel Online applies the default currency symbol and appropriate decimal places in the cells that you selected.

Currency or Accounting?

While both the Currency format and the Accounting format can be used to correctly display monetary values, there are some differences between them, as shown in the following table.

Format

Description

Example

Currency

With this format:

  • The decimal points appear aligned in the column.

  • The currency symbol appears next to the first digit in the cell. (That is, it is not aligned with the other currency symbols in the column.

Currency number format applied to cells

Accounting

With this format:

  • Both the currency symbols and the decimal points appear aligned in the column.

  • Cells that contain only zeros are identified with a hyphen.

  • Negative numbers appear in parentheses.

Accounting number format applied to cells

Change the default currency symbol

You can’t change the default dollar currency symbol in Excel Online just yet; but if you have the Excel desktop application, you can click Open in Excel and follow the instructions here to specify the default currency symbol that you want. After you apply the currency symbol, save your worksheet and then reopen it in Excel Online.

Open in Excel button

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