# Thanks half a million… (and 2 excel tips)

Posted on October 1st, 2010 in blogging , Excel Howtos - 11 comments

I have a happy news to share with you!!!

For the first time since starting this website, we got 500,000 + page views in the month of September 2010. Half-a-million!

Thank you so much.

To put this in context, in Sept 2009, we got 245,000 views. Traffic grew by more than 100% in last 12 months.

And the 340 students who signed up for excel school 3rd batch put a cherry on top with strong revenues.

I just want to take a minute and say how much I am thankful to you. Each day, you inspire me to learn new things about Excel. Your quest for knowledge keeps me motivated. I am fortunate to have found you, my dear reader, to share what I know and learn from you thru comments, emails, forum discussions, phone calls and tweets.

### 2 Bonus Excel Tips

Of course, I wouldn’t want a Friday to be wasted in silly navel gazing at website stats. So, I have 2 excel tips for you.

1. How to show numbers in millions?

1. Simple. Select the cell(s) with numbers in them.
2. Hit CTRL+1 (or goto format cells)
3. Now, from number tab, select custom.
4. Use the format code ,,0.0 ” mn” to show values in millions. For eg. 1,500,000 would show up as 1.5 mn.

2. How to show values in millions in charts?

1. Select value axis of chart and hit CTRL+1 (or go to format axis)
2. Set the option “display values as” to Millions and you are done!

Thank you once again. You have a beautiful weekend.

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### 11 Responses to “Thanks half a million… (and 2 excel tips)”

1. Steven Frazier says:

Is this a new abbreviation for million, "mn" versus "mm"? We still use "m" for thousands.

2. dan l says:

Can you do a whole post on custom number formats?

It seems to be really useful, but I'm finding it really difficult.

3. Chandoo says:

Peltier beat me to it.. http://peltiertech.com/Excel/NumberFormats.html

Plus I have a few here: http://chandoo.org/wp/tag/custom-cell-formatting/

Let me see if I can write one more post without repeating too much

4. Vivek Singh says:

Congrats Chandoo. 500,000+ page views is bigg and over 100% growth rate is even bigger (on a larger base). Keep it up!

5. Mike says:

Dear Chandoo,

congratulations to your success, well done!
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It seems, that your million trick (or Peltiers k-trick) does not work on every
version / with every country settings.

Mine 100'000.00 will be shown as 100000.0,, mm with 0.0,, "mm".
How can I bring it to work?

Thank you very much and kind regards, Mike

6. Jcosta says:

Congratulations Chandoo.

Mike, try the the same symbol you are using for thousand separator.
(replace ,, by '')

7. Congratulations and thanks a lot for creating such a awesome site!!!

8. Mike says:

@Jcosta .. (my) Excel can't use it in this way ... :-/

9. Mike says:

Yes, of course, the solution is 0'' "mn" ... thank you and
kind regards, Mike