# Numeric cell type
By default, Handsontable treats all cell values as
string type. This is because the
<textarea> returns a string as its value. There are many cases where you need cell values to be treated as a
number type. The numeric cell type allows you to format displayed numbers nicely and sort them correctly.
Ensure your cell values are numbers and not strings, as Handsontable doesn't parse strings to numbers.
You can input float-type values in the numeric editor using a dot or a comma as a decimal separator. For example, both
500000,5 will be accepted. You are not able to use a thousands separator in the editor.
You can format the displayed values of the entered numbers using the
numericFormat option. Note that it ** does not influence the way you enter data**.
All the positive and negative integers whose magnitude is no greater than 253 (+/- 9007199254740991) are representable in the