# How to set the precision in numbers

I include the number as \num{0.12368455}. I need to print '0.1237'.

How to do this...

With the the siunitx package you can use the option round-mode=places, round-precision=4 to obtain the desired results.

1. If you only need to control the rounding for a few numbers you use it as an option to \num:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{siunitx}
\begin{document}
\num{0.12368455}

\num[round-mode=places,round-precision=4]{0.12368455}
\end{document}

2. If you need to do this for the entire document you can use \sisetup{round-mode=places,round-precision=4} so that this formatting is applied for the entire document:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{siunitx}
\sisetup{round-mode=places,round-precision=4}

\begin{document}
\num{0.12368455}
\end{document}

3. Another way of achieving this is to use round-mode=figures, round-precision=4.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{siunitx}

\begin{document}
\num[round-mode=figures,round-precision=4]{0.12368455}\par
\num[round-mode=figures,round-precision=4]{0.12}\par
\num[round-mode=places,round-precision=4]{0.12368455}\par
\num[round-mode=places,round-precision=4]{0.12}
\end{document}


## round-mode=figures vs round-mode=places

With [round-mode=figures,round-precision=4] you get 4 significant figures, and with [round-mode=places,round-precision=4] you get 4 decimal places. Here is a comparison:

Similar results can also be achieved using \pgfmathprintnumber:

## Code:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{pgf}

\newcommand*{\MyNum}[1]{%
\pgfmathprintnumber[
fixed,
precision=4,
fixed zerofill=true,
]{#1}}%

\begin{document}
\MyNum{0.12368455}\par
\MyNum{0.12}
\end{document}

• @PeterGrill I'd suggest adding another example to the third paragraph to visualize the difference between figures and places, e.g. \num[...]{12.12}.
– dgs
Commented Jun 9, 2012 at 10:07
• @dgs: Have added the requested info. If it can be improved in any way, please let me know. Commented Jun 10, 2012 at 7:29
• Would you please tell me what option is responsible for printing 0.1234 as 0.123, while 0.12 should be printed as it is without adding an additional zero?
– Diaa
Commented Nov 4, 2019 at 22:59
• @Diaa: I suggest you post a new question for that. If you are having difficulty chances are other will also so would make a good question. In the meantime you can use \newcommand*{\MyNum}[1]{\pgfmathprintnumber[precision=3]{#1}}. Commented Nov 4, 2019 at 23:26