# Numeric Formatting: # vs. x (Fields)

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#### djprius

In Word 07 help on the 'numeric formatting switch', it distinguishes
between "#" and "x" (both before and after the decimal point).

I have been unable to see what the "x" does AFTER the decimal point
different from what the "#" does. So, for example, "\# .###" and "\#
..##x" both take the result of 2 divided by 3 and produce: .667

Both of these characters limit the number of decimal places that show
and both seem to round the result.

Is there any difference between "#" and "x" when used to the right of
the decimal?

David

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#### djprius

In experimenting further, I think I've found the answer to my
question: Using "#" will leave spaces and "x" closes the gap. For
example, if one divides 1 by 4 and has the switch "\# .####'inches'"
versus "\# .##xx'inches'", the first will give .25 inches (leaving two
spaces after the number) while the second will give .25inches (leaving
no spaces).

David

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