Control Excel’s Underline Function

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

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Q. When I use the Underline function in Excel, it treats the number in the cell in different ways. Am I doing something wrong, or is this a bug in Excel?
A. Neither. Excel treats a number in a cell differently depending on its underlying formatting, and you’re probably not aware the cell is formatted.

For example, if a cell is formatted for Accounting , clicking on the Underline button produces the single accounting underline—stretching from the dollar sign to the number, as shown below. But if it’s formatted for Currency or General , the Underline button produces the single underline with the dollar sign adjacent to the number.

So you see, it’s actually a shortcut; it saves you a step.

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