Enter Numeric Data in iPad Numbers App

The numeric keyboard in the iPad Numbers app (accessed by tapping the 42 button) has a typical numeric keypad along with four large buttons on the left (see the figure).

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These four buttons let you choose the formatting for the cell you’re editing. If you need a symbol (such as stars for ratings or a currency symbol), it’s added before or after the numeric value as is appropriate. Your formatting options, from top to bottom, are described in this list:

  • Currency: This option adds the appropriate currency symbol, such as $ or €.

  • Percentage: The percent symbol follows the value.

  • Stars (rating): This option lets you display a number from 1 to 45 as a star rating. Numbers greater than 5 display with five stars. To change the number of stars, type a new number or tap the star display in the cell or in the display above the keyboard.

    You can use stars in a spreadsheet and then sort the column of stars so that the ratings are ordered from highest to lowest, or vice versa.

  • Check box: A check box is either selected or not. Check boxes are selected and deselected by a user or as the result of a calculation.