Lesson 27: What is the thousand separator in Excel | How to use the thousand separator in Excel

In this lesson, I’m going to be showing you how to:

  1. Understand what is the thousand separator in Excel
  2. Use the thousand separator in Excel

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When you’re ready move onto:

Lesson 28: A simple DIVISION formula in Excel | How to DIVIDE in Excel

Or go back to:

Lesson 26: Use the AUTOSUM button to quickly ADD up cells in Excel | What is the Autosum Button in Excel?

Lesson 25: Everything you need to know about FREEZING PANES (rows & columns) in Excel | What is Freeze panes?

Lesson 24: How to SORT data in ASCENDING order in Excel

Lesson 23: Best techniques to widen columns & adjust the height of rows in Excel

Lesson 22: How to RENAME a worksheet in Excel

Lesson 21: How to COPY cells from one spreadsheet to another spreadsheet in Excel

Lesson 20: How to select multiple NON-ADJACENT cells in Excel | What are the benefits?

Lesson 19: What is a Workbook and Worksheet in Excel | What is the difference between a workbook and worksheet in Excel?

Lesson 18: What is a Formula and Function in Excel | What is the difference between a formula and function in Excel?

Lesson 17: How to PRINT the spreadsheet SHOWING the formulas and functions in Excel

Lesson 16: What is Page Orientation in Excel | Change Portrait orientation to Landscape in Excel

Lesson 15: Format the Font colour in Excel | Shade a range of cells to any colour in Excel

Lesson 14: How to insert a HEADER in Excel? | How to insert an AUTOMATIC FILENAME in the header?

Lesson 13: How to Format cells as Currency, Date, Percentages and apply Decimal Places to numbers in Excel

Lesson 12: Wrap Text in Excel | Break Text to Multiple Lines | Shrink to Fit

Lesson 11: Merge & Center in Excel | Merge Across | Merge Cells

Lesson 10: How to use the INSERT FUNCTION command in Excel

Lesson 9: Simple Subtraction Formula in Excel

Lesson 8: Using the COUNT and COUNTIF function to count ONLY the cells, which contains TEXTUAL data

Lesson 7: Count & CountA function in Excel | Difference between Count and CountA function in Excel

Lesson 6: MIN & MAX function in Excel | Find the Minimum and Maximum value within a range in Excel

Lesson 5: Average Function in Excel | What does Average mean

Lesson 4: Multiplication Formula in Excel | Replicate or Copy Formulas in Excel

Lesson 3: Formatting Cells in Excel | Make a Spreadsheet look visually attractive

Lesson 2: SUM function in Excel | Entering Text & Numbers | FREE Series of Microsoft Excel Lessons

Lesson 1: Introduction to Microsoft Excel | Excel Interface | FREE Series of Microsoft Excel Lessons (pdf guide included)

Hope you are enjoying your learning 🙂

Habib Ali – ICT Tutor

12 thoughts on “Lesson 27: What is the thousand separator in Excel | How to use the thousand separator in Excel”

  1. Hi Habib,

    Thanks for showing us a simple but powerful tip for thousand separator, it does make the number looks nice and tidy. I guess my manager will love the way I could make number easy to read and to comprehend for annual reports.


    • You’re welcome Matt. You can now impress your boss a lot because once you’ve completed all my lessons, you will be very knowledgeable in Excel. Please do start from lesson 1. Take care

      Habib (ICT tutor)

  2. Hi there,
    Another good Excell training, It’s easy to understand even for a junior high school student.
    I have one question though. In the demonstration, while formatting cells for a thousand separator, I saw some numbers below the thousand separator checkbox being in red colour and others in black. What do they signify? (check 4.48 timeframe example)

    Thank you for your great work and best wishes.

    • Thank you James for your lovely comment.
      Now coming to your question (very good question by the way, well observed).
      In my video at 4.48 minutes, under the thousand separator, this section shows how you would want the negative numbers on your spreadsheet to look like. So from the list of options you can see some are red and some are black, whichever one you select, Excel will automatically turn the cell value to be formatted like so. I do recommend choosing the red one, then all your negative numbers on the worksheet will have emphasis to give you attention.

      Hope this helps you out even further 🙂

      Habib (ICT tutor)

  3. Thanks for a clear tutorial once again. This function is certainly a great way to make the numbers in Excel easier to see particularly if you are dealing with large numbers.

  4. Hi Habib. Thank you for another lesson. I get to learn that for a task actually can have different way to make it done! Today I have learnt another new way to get this task done.

    • Yes Janet, in the ICT world you can always complete a task or use a function more than one way. You just got to figure out, which method is better for you 🙂

      Habib (ICT Tutor)

  5. thanks for another great post. You really know what the average user needs help and assistance on. I look forward to my next training. I’m on my way to being an excel pro!

    • I certainly do Jamie, as I have learners of all levels and know what an average learner would benefit from, hence I have created these lovely tutorials to meet their needs 🙂

      Habib (ICT Tutor)


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