How To Change Default Currency In Excel

So, you’ve found yourself in the same situation as I have – needing to change the default currency in Excel. Maybe you’re working on a multinational project or simply prefer to work with a different currency. Regardless, Excel allows for customization, and I’m here to guide you through the process.

Identifying the Current Default Currency

Before we can make any changes, we need to identify the current default currency in Excel. By default, Excel uses the system’s regional settings to determine the currency format. This means it will use the currency symbol and format based on the settings of your computer’s operating system. As a result, if you’re looking to change the default currency, it will require adjustments to your system’s regional settings.

Changing System Regional Settings

To proceed, you’ll need to access your computer’s “Control Panel”. Once there, click on “Clock and Region”, followed by “Region”. This will open a new window where you should navigate to the “Formats” tab. Here, you’ll find an option to customize the “Format” which includes the default currency and other number formats.

Click the “Additional settings” button to open the “Customize Format” window. In this window, you can customize various aspects of the number format, including the default currency symbol, decimal symbol, digit grouping symbol, and more. After making your changes, click “OK” to save the new settings.

Excel Currency Format Change

After customizing the system’s regional settings, you’ll need to relaunch Excel for the changes to take effect. Once Excel is reopened, any new workbooks you create will use the updated default currency format based on the system settings you modified.

Personal Experience

When I had to change the default currency in Excel for a project involving international sales data, this process helped me to ensure that the figures were presented in the relevant currency, making it easier for our team to understand and work with the data.


Customizing the default currency in Excel might seem like a minor detail, but when you’re dealing with numbers on a daily basis, it can make a significant difference in your workflow. By adjusting the system’s regional settings, you can tailor Excel to better suit your needs and preferences.