I have a chart with two percentage columns (min, max), and a third which is supposed to show the min-max range in absolute values. I use the formula =A2*60&" - "&B2*60 in cell C2. The expected result is (for an absolute max of 60):

Min      | Max     | Range
33.3%    | 50.0%   | 20 - 30

Here's what I get:

Min      | Max     | Range
33.3%    | 50.0%   | 2000.0% - 3000.0%

The percentage columns are formatted to display a percentage value with one decimal, and this format is somewhat applied to the text.

If I change the formula to =A2*$C$1&" - "&B2*$C$1, I get:

Min      | Max     | 60
33.3%    | 50.0%   | 20.000 - 30.000

For every format on C1 I get 3 decimals in the expression, except if I set the format to only one decimal in C1, I really get one decimal in the expression.

Question: How do I choose how the numbers are displayed in C2?

  • Can't you play with number formatter on the toolbar at the top? There should be options for data type, number of decimal places etc
    – Mackey18
    Aug 17, 2016 at 22:03
  • It has absolutely no effect on the cell with the formula.
    – gregseth
    Aug 18, 2016 at 4:52
  • Hmmm odd I'll have a look in a bit
    – Mackey18
    Aug 18, 2016 at 8:01

1 Answer 1


Using extra cells (which can be hidden) appears to be the only way I have found to control the Automatic formatting that Numbers applies.

In separate cells for each desired number, do the calculation. A2*60 then in another cell, B2*60

In your Range column, concatenate the results. So if the cells containing 20 and 30 are in E2 and F2 then Range would have this formula:

E2 & " - " & F2


concatenate(E2," - ",F2)

Then if desired, hide E and F columns.

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