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Excel negative number formatting

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Bedingfield, Sep 19, 2007.

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  1. Bedingfield

    Bedingfield Thread Starter

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    Can anyone help me with this? I have a whole lot of Excel spreadsheets (copied over from my old PC) in which numbers were formatted using the standard "Number" option in "Format Cells". (This gives you 4 options for negative numbers in the option box, the last two of which show negatives in parentheses - which is the way I like to have it.) This is obviously only possible if you have fixed your number formats in Regional Settings first. On my new PC, therefore, the first thing I do is fix my Regional Settings correctly, but when I open my spreadsheets, all negative numbers have unhappily been stripped of their parentheses in favour of the ubiquitous minus(-) sign. The weird thing is that I also changed the "digit grouping" option in my Regional Settings from a comma to a space, and this comes through correctly in Excel. Am I missing a trick here, or do I really have to go into all my spreadsheets and redo all the number formats using the "Custom" option? Thanks for your help.
     
  2. jimr381

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    Welcome to the forum
    Within "Find/Replace" (CTRL-H) you can also find formatting and replace it with other formatting. You get to the formatting options by clicking on the "Options" button within the dialog box. I would recommend that you do that to save lots and lots of time.

    P.S. this also works in Microsoft Word as well.
     
  3. Zack Barresse

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    If you have an earlier version which does not have the powers jimr mentioned, you'll need VBA (macros) to do this and would be quite the pain.
     
  4. Bedingfield

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    Thanks very much for the suggestion, guys. I am still none the wiser as to why the adjustment on Regional Settings do not automatically flow through to the "Number" formats in Excel. Any ideas?
     
  5. jimr381

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    I do not think the parenthesis and minus sign formatting is tied to the regional settings. I might be wrong and do not know for sure since I only us the US version of the application. Have you tried to do what I suggested?
     
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