FIXED function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the FIXED function (function: A prewritten formula that takes a value or values, performs an operation, and returns a value or values. Use functions to simplify and shorten formulas on a worksheet, especially those that perform lengthy or complex calculations.) in Microsoft Excel.


Rounds a number to the specified number of decimals, formats the number in decimal format using a period and commas, and returns the result as text.


FIXED(number, [decimals], [no_commas])

The FIXED function syntax has the following arguments (argument: A value that provides information to an action, an event, a method, a property, a function, or a procedure.):

  • Number    Required. The number you want to round and convert to text.
  • Decimals    Optional. The number of digits to the right of the decimal point.
  • No_commas    Optional. A logical value that, if TRUE, prevents FIXED from including commas in the returned text.


  • Numbers in Microsoft Excel can never have more than 15 significant digits, but decimals can be as large as 127.
  • If decimals is negative, number is rounded to the left of the decimal point.
  • If you omit decimals, it is assumed to be 2.
  • If no_commas is FALSE or omitted, then the returned text includes commas as usual.
  • The major difference between formatting a cell containing a number by using a command (On the Home tab, in the Number group, click the arrow next to Number, and then click Number.) and formatting a number directly with the FIXED function is that FIXED converts its result to text. A number formatted with the Cells command is still a number.


The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

ShowHow do I copy an example?

  1. Select the example in this article. If you are copying the example in Excel Online, copy and paste one cell at a time.
    Important: Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help

Selecting an example from Help

  1. Press CTRL+C.
  2. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
  3. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V. If you are working in Excel Online, repeat copying and pasting for each cell in the example.
    Important: For the example to work properly, you must paste it into cell A1 of the worksheet.
  4. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.

After you copy the example to a blank worksheet, you can adapt it to suit your needs.





Formula Description (Result)
=FIXED(A2, 1) Rounds the first number 1 digit to the right of the decimal point (1,234.6)
=FIXED(A2, -1) Rounds the first number 1 digit to the left of the decimal point (1,230)
=FIXED(-1234.567, -1, TRUE) Rounds the second number 1 digit to the left of the decimal point, without commas (-1230)
=FIXED(44.332) Rounds the third number 2 digits to the left of the decimal point (44.33)
Applies to:
Excel 2010, Excel Web App, SharePoint Online for enterprises, SharePoint Online for professionals and small businesses