# Punctuate number at thousands

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There are times when you need to display a number punctuated at thousands. If it's a number field, then one may enable "Punctuate at thousands" feature, but if the field happens to be a text field then there is no such option. This is where this function comes handy. It takes a source, and after processing, it returns punctuated value. While punctuating, this function takes care of decimals and negative signs. I hope this function would make a difference to someone ... somewhere.

```Function PunctuateAtThousands(sourceNumber As Variant) As Variant
Dim tempNumber As Variant
Dim finalNumber As Variant
Dim prefix As Variant
Dim suffix As Variant
Dim pos As Integer
'*************************************

If Left(sourceNumber,1)="-"Then
prefix=Left(sourceNumber,1)
sourceNumber=Right(sourceNumber,Len(sourceNumber)-1)
End If

pos=Instr(sourceNumber,".")
If pos>0 Then
suffix=Right(sourceNumber,Len(sourceNumber)-(pos-1))
sourceNumber=Left(sourceNumber,pos-1)
End If

Do While True
tempNumber=Trim(Right(sourceNumber,3))
If Len(tempNumber)=3 Then
If finalNumber="" Then
finalNumber=","+tempNumber
Else
finalNumber=","+tempNumber+finalNumber
End If
sourceNumber=Left(sourceNumber,Len(sourceNumber)-3)
Else
finalNumber=Trim(tempNumber+finalNumber)
Exit Do
End If
Loop

If Left(finalNumber,1)="," Then
finalNumber=Right(finalNumber,Len(finalNumber)-1)
End If

finalNumber=prefix+finalNumber+suffix

PunctuateAtThousands=finalNumber

End Function```
This was last published in January 2002

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