I need Mathematica to remember only things upto two decimal places.

I'm currently using the unwieldy Floor[x*100]/100 which works but is there a better way to make it use two decimal places (throughout the notebook is okay).

I tried N[x,{2,2}] but although it displays the requisite two decimal places, I know that the kernel still remembers. For instance, if I try it for N[1.234,{2,2}]-1.23 is not 0. It is in fact 0.004. How can I get rid of this?

  • $\begingroup$ Examine FullForm@N[1.234, {2, 2}] and you'll see it's not doing what you think it is doing. Try instead SetAccuracy[1.234, 2] - 1.23``2. One problem using this approach is that Mathematica tracks relative precision, not a fixed number number of decimal places. Do you want fixed-point arithmetic or is just about output formatting? $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Nov 3, 2015 at 11:24

2 Answers 2


You want Round[] for this:

Round[1.234, 1.*^-2] - 1.23

This can be used with $PrePrint if needed.


To make your function work "throughout the workbook" you can use:

$PrePrint = N @ Floor[#*100]/100 &;


 {1.23999, Pi}

{1.23, 3.14}

Restore $PrePrint to the default:

$PrePrint =.

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