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Excel 2003, 2007, 2010 custom formatting with the @ sign

Posted on 2012-03-20
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I have a cell with the custom format:
0;-0;;@

and

0;-0;;

what will the ampersand do the display of text.
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Hello,

not sure I understand the question. What ampersand? An ampersand is this: &
The @ sign is called the "at" sign.

The custom format has the syntax

[positive number];[negative number];[zero value];[text]

If you omit the @ sign at the end of a custom format, text will not be displayed, even if it is entered into the cell. A format of

;;;

will not show anything. A format of

;;;@

will not show numbers, only text. A format of

0;-0;-;

will show numbers, a dash for zeros and no text.

cheers, teylyn
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by:brothertruffle880
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I'm sorry.  You are correct.  I meant the AT sign "@"
I've been trying to determine exactly what the @ sign does.  I take it out, I put it in.  No difference.  Can you give me an example of the at sign being used and then the same example of the at sign not there so that I can see what the at sign does?
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Enter text in a cell.
format that cell with the custom format

0;-0;-;@

You will see the text. If you enter a number, you will see the number. If you enter a zero, you will see a - character.

Now format the cell with the custom format

0;-0;-;

You will not see any text in the cell, only in the formula bar. Numbers will display, zeros will be - again.

Now, with the custom format

;;;

nothing will ever show in the cell.

With the custom format

;;;@

no numbers will ever show in the cell, but text will.

Does that make it clearer?

cheers, teylyn
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by:brothertruffle880
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PERFECT  teylyn  Thanks!!!!
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