How to Add a Dollar Sign in Excel for Office 365

There are many ways that you can customize a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel. From options like adding a row to the top of every page when you print to centering data within your cells, you have tons of options available to you to make your spreadsheet look how you want.

But there are also ways that you can customize the appearance of your cell data in ways that can save you some hassle. One of these concerns monetary values. If your spreadsheet contains a lot of numbers and only some of them are money, then using the currency formatting and including a dollar sign in front of monetary values can be very helpful.

How to Automatically Add a Dollar Sign in Front of Numbers in Excel

The steps in this article were performed in the Excel for Office 365 version of the program. In this guide we will be selecting a column in a spreadsheet and changing the formatting option for it so that a dollar sign is placed in front of any values that you enter into that column. Once your data looks the way that you want, you might consider centering your spreadsheet so that it looks better when you print.

Step 1: Open your spreadsheet in Excel.

Step 2: Select the column letter that you wish to modify. This will select the entire column.

select the cells to format

Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.

click the home tab

Step 4: Click the $ button in the Number section of the ribbon.

how to add dollar sign in front of numbers in excel

Alternatively you can switch to currency formatting by right-click on the selected cells and choosing the Format Cells option.

right click then choose format cells

Then clicking the Currency option in the left column.

choose the currency format

Confirm that the settings are what you want, then click the OK button.

change currency format settings

Is your printed spreadsheet coming out on too many pages, some of which only include one or two columns? Find out how to fit all of your columns on one page when printing so that the data is easier to read.