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In this comprehensive guide, we will explore everything you need to know about the TO_DOLLARS formula in Google Sheets. The TO_DOLLARS formula is not a built-in function in Google Sheets, but it can be easily created using a combination of other functions. The purpose of this formula is to convert a given number into a dollar format, making it easier to read and understand financial data.


Since TO_DOLLARS is not a built-in function, we will create it using the TEXT function. The syntax for the TO_DOLLARS formula is as follows:

=TEXT(value, “$#,##0.00”)


  • value is the number you want to convert to a dollar format.


Let’s look at some examples of how to use the TO_DOLLARS formula in Google Sheets:

Example 1: Converting a single number to a dollar format

=TEXT(1234.56, “$#,##0.00”)

This formula will return “$1,234.56”, converting the number 1234.56 into a dollar format.

Example 2: Converting a cell value to a dollar format

Assume you have the number 9876.54 in cell A1. To convert this value to a dollar format, use the following formula:

=TEXT(A1, “$#,##0.00”)

This formula will return “$9,876.54”, converting the value in cell A1 into a dollar format.

TO_DOLLARS Tips & Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the TO_DOLLARS formula:

Tip 1: Use the TO_DOLLARS formula in combination with other functions

You can use the TO_DOLLARS formula in combination with other functions to perform more complex calculations. For example, you can use the SUM function to calculate the total of a range of cells and then convert the result to a dollar format:

=TEXT(SUM(A1:A10), “$#,##0.00”)

This formula will sum the values in the range A1:A10 and then convert the result to a dollar format.

Tip 2: Apply the dollar format to an entire column

If you want to apply the dollar format to an entire column, you can use the ARRAYFORMULA function in combination with the TO_DOLLARS formula:

=ARRAYFORMULA(TEXT(A1:A, “$#,##0.00”))

This formula will apply the dollar format to all the values in column A.

Common Mistakes When Using TO_DOLLARS

Here are some common mistakes to avoid when using the TO_DOLLARS formula:

Mistake 1: Using incorrect syntax

Make sure to use the correct syntax for the TEXT function when creating the TO_DOLLARS formula. The correct syntax is:

=TEXT(value, “$#,##0.00”)

Mistake 2: Not using cell references

When using the TO_DOLLARS formula, it’s a good idea to use cell references instead of hardcoding the values. This makes it easier to update your data and ensures that your formula remains dynamic.

Why Isn’t My TO_DOLLARS Formula Working?

If your TO_DOLLARS formula isn’t working, consider the following troubleshooting tips:

Tip 1: Check for typos in the formula

Make sure you have entered the formula correctly, without any typos or syntax errors.

Tip 2: Ensure the value is a number

The TO_DOLLARS formula only works with numerical values. If the value you’re trying to convert is not a number, the formula will not work correctly.

TO_DOLLARS: Related Formulae

Here are some related formulae that you might find useful when working with the TO_DOLLARS formula:

1. TO_PERCENT: Similar to the TO_DOLLARS formula, you can create a TO_PERCENT formula to convert a number into a percentage format:

=TEXT(value, “0.00%”)

2. TO_DATE: Convert a serial number or a text string into a date format using the TO_DATE formula:


3. TO_TIME: Convert a serial number or a text string into a time format using the TO_TIME formula:


4. TO_TEXT: Convert a number, date, or time into a text format using the TO_TEXT formula:

=TEXT(value, format)

5. TO_NUMBER: Convert a text string that represents a number into an actual number using the TO_NUMBER formula:


With this comprehensive guide, you should now have a thorough understanding of the TO_DOLLARS formula in Google Sheets and how to use it effectively in your spreadsheets.


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