Increase and Decrease Decimal Points in Excel

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So you are a hotshot who doesn’t need to use a mouse!  Fair enough, viagra 40mg power users tend to find they can do tasks quicker by using shortcut keys.  Shortcut keys are combinations of keystrokes on your keyboard that can make the program do a certain task.

The new Ribbon UI in Word 2007, Excel 2007, and PowerPoint 2007 is easier to use with a mouse, but if you want to use your keyboard shortcuts, there is a quick, easy, and visual way to find out what you need to press.

All you need to do, is hit the “Alt” key.  Simple as that.  By pressing the “Alt” button in Word 2007, the keyboard shortcuts appear on top of all the different sections of the Ribbon.

For example, (looking at the screenshot), to open the file menu, all I need to do is hit “ALT+F”.  If I want to save my file, which happens to be one of the Quick Access Toolbar buttons, I could hit “Alt+1”.  To change to the Insert Tab in the Word 2007 ribbon, I could hit “Alt+N”

As soon as you go to another tab in the ribbon, if you hit “Alt” again, you can see all the shortcuts for each piece of functionality on that tab.


So there you have it – all you need to do is remember “Alt” is your shortcut to keyboard shortcuts in Word 2007! (and Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 etc etc).

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’till next time!


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Hey everyone… welcome to October! (OMG almost Christmas!)

I am sure almost everyone who is reading this post has Excel installed on their computer at work or at university.  But how many of you really know what Excel is really capable of?

This month I am going to focus on Excel 2007 content.  One Excel 2007 tutorial each day for the entire month… 31 posts that will help you master Excel (and not the other way around!)

So are you ready to excel at Excel?  (sorry, viagra sale had to do it!)  Stay tuned!

‘till next time!

Are you working with numbers in Excel 2007, advice
Excel 2010 or Excel 2013 that include decimal points?

Did you know you can quickly increase or decrease the precision… or the number of digits to the right of the decimal point.

For example:

  • Reduce the number of decimal point places in 56.923 to 56.9
  • Increase the number of decimal point places in 23.4 to 23.4256

To change the number of decimal places your numbers have simply:

1) Select the cells you want to work with

2) On the Home tab of the Ribbon in Excel 2007, look for the “Number” group

3) Click on either “Increase Decimal”, or “Decrease Decimal”.  They are the buttons which have all the zero’s on them with the left and right arrows.

Simple as that!

‘till next time!

5 thoughts on “Increase and Decrease Decimal Points in Excel

  1. Ahhh yep… that happens when you schedule your posts to be published in October 2010! Hands up who is an idiot – that would be me.

    Might take the time to fix them up a bit now 🙂

  2. I wonder if there’s a way to define keyboard shortcuts to these two buttons. Worked for me in Excel 2003 and I#m missing the feature in 2007. Any ideas?

  3. I have a massive spreadsheet that I got from someone else that is doing something that a brand new spreadsheet does not do. If I change the number of decimal points to a lower number, I lose significant digits (i.e. Excel rounds the number to the number of decimal points displayed, losing the rest of the digits in the original number). How do I stop this from happening? I want to keep all the significant digits. Help!

  4. This is not a solution. it changes what appears in the cell but does not change the number. e.g. 7.079 will appear as 7.08 but the number is still 7.079 so if you ar using that cell for calculations 7.079 will be used…not 7.08.

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