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In most language, long numbers are split into groups of three digits, to increase readability.

In Dutch (my native language), 1000000 is usually written as 1 000 000. In English, this would be 1,000,000.

Now, I would like to know how to use this kind of formatting in LaTeX. I searched google, but I only found some articles that explain how to split very long numbers over multiple lines, which is not what I need.

Is there a package that does this automatically? Or a certain tag I can use for this?

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sorry I didn't realize it was latex, anyway searching "number formatting" will help you find something instead of split. for example this post: latex-community.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=9548 hope it helps – aleation Apr 23 '13 at 9:45
siunitx provides this functionality. – Werner Apr 23 '13 at 14:20
Or numprint – Joseph Wright Apr 23 '13 at 15:21
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Normally you would use \, for a thin space $1\,000\,000$ If you are entering that by hand. As noted in the comments siunitx or other packages have the ability to parse the bare number 1000000 and then format it according to formatting parameters with commas or thin spaces, so it depends what you want to do (and where the numbers are generated). Whether it is a few numbers in a hand authored text or if you are typesetting thousands of numbers in table data where hand editing to add grouping separator is not really an option.

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