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Excel 2002 problem with negative numbers

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Sparkle_126, May 16, 2003.

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  1. Sparkle_126

    Sparkle_126 Thread Starter

    Aug 23, 2002
    My problem is with Excel 2002 and negative numbers. This version of excel does not have brackets for negative numbers in the "format" "cells" section of Excel. I have tried changing the currancy values in the regional settings, but with no luck. Has anyone seen this problem before? Some versions of XP do have it, while others don't. It is not restricting itself to either small business, professional or standard (XP) either. I have also applied all of the updates and service packs to office.

    I have looked and saw that i can do a custom format, however, does this formatting apply itself to all sheets or just the sheet, or cells that you are working on?

    I really wanted to apply this format to all sheets.

  2. Anne Troy

    Anne Troy

    Feb 14, 1999
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    Can you describe the format? Did you try creating a custom format.
  3. Bruce319


    May 14, 2003
    My understanding of what you want to accomplish with your brackets [] can be done using parenthesis ( ) in Excel.
    You can right click one cell or highlight a range of cells then right click and select Format Cell. In the category box, select "Number". There you'll have the option of using two type of parenthesis to show a negative number instead of the negative symbol -.
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