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Is it possible to simply add ending zeros to a decimal number?

For example: 2.1 should be 2.10 (precision till 1/100), 2 should be 2.00, etc.

I've tried looking into

digits = RealDigits[3.1,10,3][[1]]

which gives {3, 1, 0}, and using this, the impressively complicated form

Row@{digits[[1]], ".", Sequence @@ Rest@digits}

gives the desired result. But this is enormously complicated, and I was wondering whether there exist another (easier) method?

Thanks for all help, as always!

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You need NumberForm, see related question Annoying display truncation of numerical results. –  Artes Nov 20 '13 at 16:43
    
SetPrecision[2.1, 3] might work for you too. –  Sjoerd C. de Vries Nov 20 '13 at 21:35
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Take a look at Precision, Accuracy and this tutorial.

To tell the system that 2.10 is valid to 3 digits in total, use 2.1`3.

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