Excel 2003, 2007, 2010 - Custom Formatting Syntax

Posted on 2012-08-13
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I don't see what difference it makes if I have a ampersand at the end of my custom format.  For instance:
works the same as

is there something I'm not understanding about this?
Question by:brothertruffle880
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    Excel see a cell's format as having four Sections.....
    Positive numbers ; Negative Numbers ; Zero Values ; Text values

    So having the @ placeholder means that text in a cell is seen as text

    Not having the 4th section defined make no difference to the number format of a cell.
    It could make a difference to a cell's appearance if it vacillates between numbers and text.

    For some info on text formats ....

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