How to Change the Currency Symbol in Google Sheets

Last Updated: Feb 5, 2024 by

Google Sheets is a powerful tool for managing and analyzing data, but sometimes it can be frustrating when the default currency symbol does not match the one you need. Whether you are working with international clients or just prefer a different currency symbol, knowing how to change it in Google Sheets can save you time and hassle. In this article, we will discuss how to change the currency symbol in Google Sheets and some helpful hacks to make your spreadsheet experience even smoother.

Changing the Currency Symbol

By default, Google Sheets uses the currency symbol of the country you are located in. However, if you need to change it to a different symbol, follow these steps:

  1. Open your Google Sheets document and select the cells containing the currency values you want to change.
  2. In the menu bar, click on “Format” and then select “Number.”
  3. In the “Number” tab, click on the drop-down menu next to “Currency” and select “More Formats.”
  4. A new window will pop up where you can select the currency symbol you want to use. You can also customize the format of the currency by selecting the number of decimal places and whether you want to use a comma or period as the decimal separator.
  5. Once you have selected your desired currency symbol and format, click “Apply” and the changes will be reflected in your selected cells.

Helpful Hacks for Google Sheets

Shortcut for Changing Currency Symbol

If you frequently need to change the currency symbol in your Google Sheets, you can save time by using a keyboard shortcut. Simply select the cells containing the currency values and press “Ctrl + Shift + 4” on a PC or “Command + Shift + 4” on a Mac. This will automatically change the currency symbol to the one used in your selected cells.

Use Custom Number Formats

In addition to changing the currency symbol, you can also use custom number formats in Google Sheets to display the currency in a specific way. For example, you can use the format “$$-409#,##0.00” to display the currency in US dollars with a comma as the decimal separator. You can find a list of custom number formats on Google’s support page.

Convert Currency Values

If you are working with multiple currencies in your Google Sheets, you can easily convert the values using the GOOGLEFINANCE function. This function allows you to retrieve current or historical financial information from Google Finance. For example, you can use the formula “=GOOGLEFINANCE(“CURRENCY:USDEUR”)” to convert US dollars to euros.


Changing the currency symbol in Google Sheets is a simple process that can save you time and make your spreadsheet experience more efficient. By using these helpful hacks, you can customize your currency values and make your data more visually appealing. Have you used any of these techniques before? Let us know in the comments.

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