# Adding 2x zeros (e.g. 10.00) to a formula, IF the formula total is a whole number with no zeros (e.g. 10)

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Hi all, thank you in advance for any help!

I have 3x columns of interest in my Airtable which contains TransferWise statement information which is copied and pasted by me (from TransferWise to Airtable) on a regular basis. These columns are:

{TransferWiseID}
{ExchangeRate}
{Amount}

I also have a formula column which is:
{ExchangeRate*Amount}

Below is the formula that I am currently using with some success. I am happy that if {TransferWiseID} contains “BALANCE-” then 0.00 is populated into the formula column. This is working fine.

Where I am stuck is, is if {TransferWiseID} contacts “CARD-” or “TRANSFER-” the formula rounds to 2 decimal places as it should, but only if it is not a round number.

What I really want it to do however, is round to 2 decimal places consistently. E.g., right now, if a total is 10, then the formula column displays 10, however, I would like it to display 10.00.

Can anyone suggest any tweaks to my formula below to make this happen?

Thank you!
Martin

``````IF(
SEARCH("BALANCE-", {TransferWiseID}),
"0.00",
IF(
SEARCH("CARD-", {TransferWiseID}),
ROUND({Amount} * {ExchangeRate}, 2),
IF(
SEARCH("TRANSFER-", {TransferWiseID}),
ROUND({Amount} * {ExchangeRate}, 2)
)
)
)``````
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Accepted Solutions  13 - Mars

Hi @martinAt - a few pointers for you:

• You can simplify the formula a bit as the last two conditions result in the same formula, so you really only need to say “If ID contains “Balance”, then zero, otherwise Amount * Exch Rate”. So something like this:
``````IF(
SEARCH('BALANCE-', {TransferWiseID}),
0,
Amount * ExchangeRate
)
``````
• I’m assuming that the exchange rate and amount fields are numbers - is that right? If so, you don’t need to do the rounding, just use the formula field format to always show 2 dp: Now, when the result of the formula is an integer it still displays to 2 dp: • Final point - the first part of your formula returns `"0.00"` which is a string not a number. Generally it is better for numbers to return as numbers so that you can use them in other calculations. Your use case might need this value as a string of course.
4 Replies 4  13 - Mars

Hi @martinAt - a few pointers for you:

• You can simplify the formula a bit as the last two conditions result in the same formula, so you really only need to say “If ID contains “Balance”, then zero, otherwise Amount * Exch Rate”. So something like this:
``````IF(
SEARCH('BALANCE-', {TransferWiseID}),
0,
Amount * ExchangeRate
)
``````
• I’m assuming that the exchange rate and amount fields are numbers - is that right? If so, you don’t need to do the rounding, just use the formula field format to always show 2 dp: Now, when the result of the formula is an integer it still displays to 2 dp: • Final point - the first part of your formula returns `"0.00"` which is a string not a number. Generally it is better for numbers to return as numbers so that you can use them in other calculations. Your use case might need this value as a string of course.  4 - Data Explorer

Hi Jonathan,

• Firstly the formula you provided worked perfectly!
• The {Amount} and {ExchangeRate} columns are both a Number ‘Type’, correct.
• The {Amount} column had a decimal ‘Format’ (rather than an integer ‘Format’) with a ‘1.00’ precision. [Whereas the {ExchangeRate} column had a ‘1.00000’ precision].
• The issue I had with my formula was that the ‘Format’ tab disappeared – so I could no longer select a format/precision for the formula column. Do you know why this disappeared when using my formula, out of interest?
• As soon as I entered your formula, the ‘Format’ tab re-appeared for the formula column.
• On your final point for the first part of the formula if {TransferWiseID} column contains ‘BALANCE-’, it returns 0.00 as a string instead of a number, this is fine for my use-case because this data does not need to be sent to Xero.

Thanks once again and I hope my response has been useful to any other users that come across this issue!

Regards,
Martin  13 - Mars

Yes, thinking about it, the reason the format disappeared was because of the string `"0.00"`. You have one part of the formula returning a string and another returning a number, so a mixed result cannot be formatted. Making the “0.00” a number rather than a string means the result is not mixed and the format tab returns.  4 - Data Explorer

Thanks Jonathan, that makes sense. I found some advice on here relating to this, but I couldn’t find any clear adjustments to my formula. I am not a ‘tech’ guy by any means, but I am trying to learn to build what I need to – by trial and error! Have a great weekend. Cheers again, Martin. 