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# Punctuate number at thousands

## There are times when you need to display a number punctuated 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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