Number format excel 2003

Hi Experts

How would you show the 0.00 values as "-" and stil leave the positive numbers as 45.00 and the negative numbers as -69.50.


thanks
route217JuniorAsked:
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stavros41Commented:
The Format should be Accounting with 2 decimal places.

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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
I'm not quite sure how, but this custom number format seems to work

_-* #,##0.00_-;-* #,##0.00_-;_-* "-"??_-;_-@_-
JT92677Commented:
Try "Conditional Formatting" - here's an example showing what you want to do, with the - in place of 0.00

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/creating-conditional-formatting-formulas-HA001111661.aspx

There are other sources explaining conditional formatting. But it looks like the easiest solution.

Jeff

Just noticed the "accounting format" approach, if that works, it might even be easier. I use open office on a Linux computer and conditional formatting is supported, but I haven't found the "accounting" format. Maybe conditional formatting is more universal ?

Whatever works best.
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route217JuniorAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the feedback
JT92677Commented:
If you want to get clever, with alternate row shaded (like line printer paper) or highlight values based on some criteria, look at these examples:  http://www.contextures.com/xlcondformat03.html
route217JuniorAuthor Commented:
Ok expers tried the lot and still not working.
route217JuniorAuthor Commented:
Gives the negative values as -           69.50 as opposed to -69.50

Thanks
stavros41Commented:
Try this: _- #,##0.00_-;- #,##0.00_-;_- "-"_-;_-_-
JT92677Commented:
This may require an excel VB macro. I thought the conditional formatting was more useful. All it can do is change the shading, which might be useful for 0 but not what  you want.

Microsoft calls it "conditional formatting" but it is apparently just "conditional coloring" or some such nonsense. No control over the actual number formatting to do what you want to do. It did seem promising.

Sorry 'bout that.
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