[Solved]: Currency Format Not Working in Excel

While working in Microsoft Excel sometimes we need to change numeric values to currency format. But often the currency format is not changed. This happens when the cell format is in text or other formats. Today in this article, I will share with you solving currency format not working in Excel.

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Why Is Currency Format Not Working?

The main reason behind the currency format not working is cell formatting. Often even after pasting data, the cells are formatted as text or general format. Thus applying currency format won’t work over the value.

3 Quick Methods to Solve If Currency Format Is Not Working in Excel

In the following, I have described 3 simple and easy methods to solve currency format not working in Excel. Stay tuned!

1. Use VALUE Function

To solve this problem you can change the cell format to numeric value by using the VALUE function. The VALUE function converts cell value to numeric value for the provided string. Follow the instructions below to solve this issue-


  • First, choose a cell (F5) and write the following formula down-

Use VALUE Function to solve excel currency format not working

  • Second, press ENTER and drag the “Fill Handle” down to fill all the cells.

  • While the cells (F5:F12) are selected press CTRL+1 from the keyboard.

Use VALUE Function to solve excel currency format not working

  • Thus a new window will appear named “Format Cells”.
  • From the new window choose “Currency” and your desired symbol from the “Symbol” box.
  • Simply, hit OK to continue.

  • Finally, we will get the currency format in a new column within a blink of an eye. Simple isn’t it?

Use VALUE Function to solve excel currency format not working

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2. Utilize Paste Special Tool

You might be looking for a simple solution where you can change the cell format without using any function and getting the output in the same column. Just utilize the paste special tool to solve your currency format problem.


  • To start with, choose cells (D5:D12) and click CTRL+Cto copy.

Utilize Paste Special Tool to solve excel currency format not working

  • Next, click “Paste Special” from the Home ribbon.

  • Immediately, a new dialog box will appear named “PasteSpecial”.
  • From the dialog box choose “Values” and press OK to change all the cell values to numeric values.

Utilize Paste Special Tool to solve excel currency format not working

  • Hence, let’s change the cell format to currency format.
  • For that, select the cells (D5:D12) and click the “FormatCells” icon from the Home ribbon.

Utilize Paste Special Tool

  • Similarly, click “Currency” and choose your desired currency symbol in the “Symbol” box.
  • Hence, hit OK to finish.

  • In summary, we have solved our problem and now the currency format is displayed for the chosen cells.

Utilize Paste Special Tool

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3. Use Format Cells Feature

If you want you can also change the cell format from the “Format Cells” feature to reach your destination solving the issue. Follow the steps below-


  • Presently, choose cells (D5:D12) and press CTRL+1 from the keyboard to go to the “Format Cells” window.

Use Format Cells Feature

  • In the same fashion, choose “Currency” and your choice of currency format from the drop-down list of “Symbol”.
  • Gently, press OK.

  • In conclusion, we will get the currency format for the cells within a moment solving our problem.

Use Format Cells Feature

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In this article, I have tried to cover all the methods to solve currency format not working in Excel. Take a tour of the practice workbook and download the file to practice by yourself. I hope you find it helpful. Please inform us in the comment section about your experience. We, the Exceldemy team, are always responsive to your queries. Stay tuned and keep learning.

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Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram

Hi! my name is Wasim Akram. I am a graduate in mechanical engineering from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology. I am passionate about learning new things and writing articles. I write article about Microsoft Excel and it's my favourite thing to do.

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