In Microsoft Excel, you can center your data in a column on a worksheet so
that the decimals appear to line up.
To give the illusion that your data is centered with decimals aligned,
create a custom number format by doing the following:
- Select the cells to be centered.
- In Microsoft Excel versions 5.0 and later, click Cells on the Format
menu, and then click the Number tab.
In Microsoft Excel versions 2.x, 3.x and 4.x, click Number on the
- In the Code box, type the following (without the quotation marks):
Adjust the spaces following the number format to make the data
appear centered according to the current column width.
- Click OK to save the new format and make the change.
To center data in a cell without aligning decimal places, do the
- Select the range to be centered.
- In Microsoft Excel version 5.0 and later, click Cell on the Format
menu, and click the Alignment tab.
In Microsoft Excel versions 2.x, 3.0 and 4.0, click Alignment on the
- Under Horizontal, select the Center option and click OK.
Article ID: 44737 - Last Review: November 16, 2006 - Revision: 1.5
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