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Formatting Numbers Part 2 : Currency

The function you need to format currency is FormatCurrency. It is very easy to use and has been outlined and explained below:

FormatCurrency(NumToBeFormatted[, NumOfDigitsAfterDecimal, IncludeLeadingDigit, UseParensForNegativeNumbers])
- returns a formatted currency from the number specified with the appropriate number of digits specified after the decimal
- the first parameter is the only one that is required, although I recommend that you use at least include the second parameter.
- the last two parentheses are tristate values which means you need to specify a -1 for true, 0 for false, or -2 to use the computers regional settings.
- the IncludeLeadingDigit parameter is used to specify whether or not you want a leading zero to be displayed when the number is a fractional value.
- the UseParensForNegativeNumbers parameter is pretty self explanatory, if set to true it will put parentheses around negative numbers.
- this function also adds a '$' sign at the beginning of the output for you.


var1 = 5443.354
var2 = -877743.2345
Response.Write("var1 formatted = " & FormatCurrency(var1, 2, -1, -1) & "<br>")
Response.Write("var2 formatted = " & FormatCurrency(var2, 1, -1, -1))


var1 formatted = $5,443.35
var2 formatted = ($877,743.2)