Microsoft Excel – inputting mobile numbers in a specific format

I was recently asked how to get mobile numbers in the format XXXX XXX XXX in an Excel worksheet. The answer is leave the column in which the mobile numbers are to be input formatted as General. Go to the Format Cells Number tab and click Custom. Type in 0000″ “000” “000

This means that if you now type in a mobile number such as 0432117628 it will automatically show as 0432 117 628.

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2 Responses to Microsoft Excel – inputting mobile numbers in a specific format

  1. Irene van Tonder says:

    thank you for your blog! please can you assist – we have a column, where we want the negatives to be in brackets, with no minus sign. we will also have positive numbers in between. we then would like to add this column…Please can you help with the correct manner. The answer must be, if negative, in brackets. thank you, Irene

    • jdonbavand says:

      Hi Irene, You can set up a custom number format for this. Select the column of numbers, then on the Home tab in the Number group, click the dialog box launcher to open up the Format Cells dialog box. Go to Custom.
      If you look at some of the examples there, the first part before the semi-colon is how to format positive numbers; after the semi-colon is how to format negative numbers.
      So if you want them formatted to two decimal places with negatives in brackets and no minus sign you could try #,##0.00; (#,##0.00)
      Hope this helps.

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