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Cells in Currency Format

In Office Calc you can give numbers any currency format. When you click the Currency icon in the Formatting bar to format a number, the cell is given the default currency format set under Tools - Options - Language Settings - Languages.

Exchanging Office Calc documents can lead to misunderstandings, if your Office Calc document is loaded by a user who uses a different default currency format.

In Office Calc you can define that a number that you have formatted as "1,234.50 €", still remains in euro in another country and does not become dollars.

You can change the currency format in the Format Cells dialogue box (choose Format - Cells - Numbers tab) by two country settings. In the Language combo box select the basic setting for currency symbol, decimal and thousands separators. In the Format list box you can select possible variations from the default format for the language.

  1. For example, if the language is set to "Default" and you are using a German locale setting, the currency format will be "1.234,00 €". A dot-on-the-line is used after the thousand digits and a comma before the decimal places. If you now select the subordinate currency format "$ English (US)" from the Format list box, you will get the following format: "$ 1.234,00". As you can see, the separators have remained the same. Only the currency symbol has been changed and converted, but the underlying format of the notation remains the same as in the locale setting.

  2. If, under Language, you convert the cells to "English (US)", the English-language locale setting is also transferred and the default currency format is now "$ 1,234.00".