# A to Z of Excel Functions: the FIXED Function

*Welcome back to our regular A to Z of Excel Functions blog. Today we look at the FIXED function. *

*”Can we fix it?”*

This function rounds a number to the specified number of decimals, formats the number in decimal format using a period (full stop, “.”) and commas, and returns the result as text.

The **FIXED **function employs the following syntax to operate:

**FIXED(number, [decimals], [no_commas])**.

The **FIXED** function has the following arguments:

**number:**this is required and represents the**number**you wish to round and convert to text**decimals:**this is optional and represents the number of digits to the right of the decimal point**no_commas:**this is also optional.**FIXED**from including commas in the returned text.

It should be noted that:

- numbers in Microsoft Excel can never have more than 15 significant digits, but
**decimals**may be as large as 127 - if
**decimals**is negative,**number**is rounded to the left of the decimal point (*e.g.*10’s, 100’s, …) - if you omit
**decimals**, it is assumed to be 2 (not zero) - if
**no_commas**is FALSE or omitted, then the returned text includes commas as usual - the major difference between formatting a cell containing a number by using a command (
*e.g.*on the ‘Home’ tab, in the ‘Number’ group, click the arrow next to ‘Number’, and then click ‘Number’) and formatting a number directly with the**FIXED**function is that**FIXED**converts its result to text. A number formatted with the ‘Cells’ command is still a number.

Please see my example below:

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