Placeholder Properties Dialog Box, Number

Select Number on the Placeholder Properties dialog box to specify how numeric and date values are formatted when they are displayed as placeholder text. Options change depending on which data type is being formatted.


  • Category
    Select how you want the number or date to appear, for example, as currency or a formatted date.

  • Use regional formatting
    Select to display numbers based on the regional settings of the client machine. If the regional settings are set in the RDL, this check box is not available.

  • Decimal places
    Specify how many decimal places you want to display.

  • Use 1000 separator
    Select to insert a thousands separator.

  • Show values in
    Select Thousands, Millions, or Billions to display numbers using financial formats. For example, if the field value is 1,789,905,394 and you select Billions and specify 2 decimal places, the value displayed in the report is 1.79.

  • Show zero as
    Select to replace leading zero values with a blank space or a dash (-) when the report is run.

  • Symbol
    Enter the monetary symbol that you want to display. By default, the symbol is based on the locale settings.

  • Show symbol after value
    Select to position the monetary symbol after the numeric data.

  • Include a space
    Select to add a space between the monetary symbol and the value.

  • Negative numbers
    Select the format that you want to use when displaying negative numbers.

  • Type
    Select the type of formatting you want to apply to the date or time. Only applicable when Date or Time is selected.

  • Custom format
    Enter a valid .NET Framework format string to customize the appearance of your numeric data. For more information about valid .NET Framework format strings, see the Microsoft Developer Network on MSDN.