How to round in k$ without formula?

Introduction of the article

In Excel, you can easily transform your number kilo euros k$(or dollar) or million euros(m$) with 3 methods. 

In this article you will find 3 techniques to display a result in k$ (or m$ for the millions]. Each technique have their own benefits and disadvantages. Honestly, the last one is the greatest.

Paste Special

This method uses the Paste Special option division. Its implementation is really simple.

Round_K$_21. First of all, in your spreadsheet, place in an empty cell, the value 1000

2. Copy this cell


3. Select the range of cells to be transformed (from B2 to D13)

Round_K$_34. Call the dialog box Paste Special with the shortcut CTRL + ALT + V or by the calling this option in the menu HOME > Paste Special




5. Select the option Divide


6. The result appears immediately in your document and all the figures have been divided by 1000



Benefit: Simplicity of implementation
Drawback: Irreversible modifications of the raw data
Impossible to add the sign K$ ou M$
My opinion: Don't use this technique because it is never allow to change the raw data.

Formula division by 1000

This is the most used method to transform your value in k€ or k$ but it is far from the best method.

Round_K$_6To carry out this method, you simply integrate into each cell, a division by 1000




Benefit: The initial data are kept
Drawback: Too much time to implement the formula cell by cell.
My opinion: Even if this technique is the most popular, it takes to much time to apply this formula to your all cells and also there is a risk to forget to apply the formula in some cells.

Customize the format number

There is a trick that allows you to change the display of your format numbers in kilo or million.

To apply this method, you just have to select a cell containing the value to be changed and change the format number of this cell.

Call the numbers formatting window

  • or by using the shortcut CTRL + 1
  • or by selecting the Home Menu> Number> More Number Formats ...

In the dialog box, select in the left part of Custom and type in the text box, you enter the code
[>=1000]# ##0.0," K"


[>=1000]# ##0.0," K$"


  • The parameter [>=1000] indicates that only the values greater than 1000 will apply this format.
  • # ##0.0, The coma means that we round the value to thousands and the dot means that we keep the decimal
  • " K€" indicates the symbol to add after the figure; don't forget the double-quote


Now, if you want both present your values for thousands (kilo) and the millions, you go in the text box to the layout window numbers write the following formula

[>=1000000] # ## 0.0,,"M€"; [>=1000] # ## 0.0,"K€"; # ## 0.0

Do not forget to put two comas after the final 0 for million


You can put 3 conditions maximum in your custom format number


Benefit: No transformation of the data
Negative side: Maximum 3 conditions (not possible to have negatives and positives in the same time)
My opinion: That's the technique to use 😍😎

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1 comment

    • Glenroy Carty on 28/03/2018 at 15:00
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    Thank you. This was very helpful.
    However, I am struggling with negative values.
    Say your result is -250000, how do I show it as (250)?

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