How-to Add a Rupee Symbol or a Music Note or a Chess Piece to a Custom Excel Number Format

A reader, Matt, after reading this post:


How-to Format Chart Axis for Thousands or Millions


And had the following question:


“How do you use this formula without the dollar sign? I am using different units than dollars “

– Matt


Not knowing anything else but this from Matt, I went and researched different units that one might want to use in a custom number format.


NOTE: When copying any of these custom number formats below, Excel typically replaces the ” (quote) symbols with a different character that won’t work as expected. So you will also want to edit and replace the ” quote symbols in the format before using them.


Here is the original Thousands or Millions custom number format:


1) If Matt’s question was to use the format without the $ (dollar sign), simply we could simply delete the dollar sign in each section and the formula will work.


2) Now if Matt’s wanted to use another currency symbol that already exists in Excel, then we need to 1) click on any cell in the spreadsheet 2) Insert that symbol 3) Copy and Paste the symbol into the Custom Number Format.


Lets show you how to do this for the Indian Rupee Currency.

a) To add a symbol in Excel, go to your Insert Ribbon and then on the far right, select the Symbol button in the Symbols Group. image

b) Then you will see the Insert Symbol image c) Edit the cell with the inserted symbol and highlight the symbol, then press CTRL+C to Copy the Rupee Symbol.

d) Edit your custom number format that you may have created in another cell

Here is what it will look like for the Rupee Symbol: [>999999]₹#,,”M”;[>999]₹#,”K”;₹#

Here are a few other number formats:

British Pound: [>999999]£#,,”M”;[>999]£#,”K”;£#

Japanese Yen: [>999999]¥#,,”M”;[>999]¥#,”K”;¥#

e) Copy and paste these into your custom number format for the axis or in your original data.  Check out the link at the top if you don’t know how to do this.


3) What other symbols can we use?

Lets take it to the next level!

Now there are lots of symbols that you can use from Excel by changing the font (check out Wingdings)

Also, there are these graphics that you can use called Alt-Codes.

Celcius White King Score
° Degree White Queen Keyboard
Fahrenheit White Rook Sharp Note
Kelvin White Bishop Natural Note
Skull and Crossbones White Knight Flat Note
Skull White Pawn Quarter Note
Heavy Snowflake Black King Eighth Note
Light Snowflake Black Queen Single Bar Note
Snowflake Black Rook Double Bar Note
Black Phone Black Bishop Peace
White Phone Black Knight
Phone Black Pawn
Mobile Phone

Here is our custom number format using a music symbol clip_image001


Here is a chart utilizing the musical note custom number format:



Here is another post on Alt-Codes and how to enter them with your keyboard:



Here is an Excel Alt-Code Free Sample File:


Check out the video demonstration:

So now you know how to add additional currency alt-codes in your custom number format.  What is your currency and format?  My standard is $ USD.