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Excel 2007 Brackets for Negative Numbers

I have a user currently using excel 2007 on Windows 7 who requires all the negative figures from hundreds of financial spreadsheets to be shown in brackets. As they do not have permission to access Control Panel I have logged onto the PC as the network administrator and changed the settings in Region and Language to show both numbers and currency with brackets. (This solution works for XP running office 2003)

When logging back on as the user for the first time it did work and all negative figures were shown in brackets. After a couple of hours this has now reverted back to display a '-' instead and the bracket option no longer appears under the 'Format Cells' menu. I have logged back onto the PC as the administrator and the negative bracket options are still selected in the Region and Language options under Control Panel. I have also installed the SP2 for office 2007 as well with no result.
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Hi Tech Services

The user can set this themselves by going to the Format cells option, picking the Custom area and pasting this into the type box:


Copy and Paste Special, format to your other cells and job done.

Tech_ServicesAuthor Commented:
Hi Andy

Your solution does set minus figures to brackets (and red) but when you have lots spreadsheets it would take a long time to format them all. I am still unsure as to why only this user had this issue but by providing their account with access to Control Panel I was able to change the Region and Language settings as that user which seems to have worked without formatting all the spreadsheets.

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Last ditch..maybe it'll help

i had a similar issue, it was solved for me at the link below: mine was date and time formats. basically it automates through vba what andy was suggesting. if you start with this you may be abel to get a VBA expert to tweak it to have it parse through all files in a folder to adjust.  Going forward would suggest your client set a up a default file template with andys formatting.

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