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8. Forms and Fields > 73. Format Numeric Field Results

Format Numeric Field Results

How you display the result of a calculation can be almost as important as the result itself. This hack shows you how to get field results into the format you need.

If you use fields to calculate numbers, such as the sum of the values in a table column [Hack #72] , you’ll usually want some control over how those results are formatted. For example, you might want the number rounded to two decimal points with a currency symbol. To control how numbers appear in fields, you use numeric picture switches.

A numeric picture switch is indicated in a field’s code with \# and can include a variety of instructions to Word on how to format the numeric results of a particular field.


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