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kathyb0527

01-28-2008, 02:37 PM

How can I format a formula to a user specified number of significant figures. What I'd like to be able to do is select a cell (or range of cells) that contains a formula and have the result formatted to let's say 3 significant figures. I've seen many solutions for formatting numbers in cells to a specific number of significant figures, and I've tried to modify a few with no success. Any ideas?

Thanks,

Kathy

Set a format (Format>Cells>Custom) of

#,##0.000

RonMcK

01-29-2008, 07:46 AM

Kathy,

Do you want to round your result to that number of significant digits, or merely to display the answer to that many significant digits?

Do you want all cells to round to their number of displayed digits or just selected cells (for instance, maybe, only round this cell with the result)?

Thanks,

Ron

kathyb0527

01-29-2008, 10:40 AM

I need it to round the result to the number significant digits. I was thinking just selected cells since the data that I am doing calculations on is already in significant figures and I just have to format them.

Thank you,

K

thomaspatton

01-29-2008, 10:52 AM

=ROUND(A1,4)

Where "A1" is your cell reference for the number or formula result and "4" is the number of decimal places you want. You can also use negative numbers in place of 4 to round to whole thousands place and so on.

If you want to use it in your formula, just make it look like an algebra problem >.o

as in :

=ROUND((A1*B1),1)

In the above, if A1=25 and B1=3.785 then the result would read 94.6 instead of 94.625.

=ROUND((A1*B1),-1)

The above result there would be 90.

kathyb0527

01-29-2008, 02:28 PM

Unfortunately, just using the Round function would be manually intensive in that I would need to look at each formula result individually and determine the number of significant figures (and the results vary from 99,999 to 0.00999. What we are doing right now is copying and pasting the formula results, then running a sigfig macro on them, copying and pasting them back into the table which obliterates the formula. I would like to be able to save the formulas for review.

K

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