Formula for a cell in Excel. Positioning the "(". l hade it - then I lost it!

You will not believe this.  I was logged into EE about to pose this question.  Just as I was about to copy the cell formula which appears below, I tried a couple of variations and found the write combination.  I logged out, closed the browser tab and GOT THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH!  (I didn't think that was possible in a 64-bit environment.)  Long story short - autosave was set to 10 minutes and my formula is gone....

The accounting formula set to no decimals and no $ sign displays a negative number as   (1,234)
I believe this is the formula
_(* #,##0_);_(* (#,##0);_(* "-"_);_(@_)
I want to display a negative number with the left parenthesis in the left-most position, like this...    (     1,234)
(I know, I am an accounting dinosaur.)
Any suggestions?
Bill GoldenExecutive Managing MemberAsked:
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Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
Try this...It will do what you are looking for...

#,##0_);[Red](  #,##0)

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And let's say you just want to show black only then...

#,##0_);(  #,##0)

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Bill GoldenExecutive Managing MemberAuthor Commented:
Sorry.  That just changed the number to be displayed in Red and added one space between the left parenthesis and the number.
Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
Did you try the second one? It will keep the format as a blank only and will add space between the number and bracket..
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Bill GoldenExecutive Managing MemberAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I did not initially see the second one.  But it does not work either.  The number of course does not display in red but the formula still only adds one space between the number and the left parenthesis.  

I am looking for the following format:

(  23,456,789)
(    3,456,789)
(       456,789)
(         56,789)
Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
Use this...


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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Bit of playing, came up with:

* #,##0_);(* #,##0);(* "-"??_);_(@_)


#,##0_);(* #,##0);"-"??_);_(@_)

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Bill GoldenExecutive Managing MemberAuthor Commented:
Sorry Saurabh, your solution was column width dependent while Rob's accomplishes the task regardless of the width of the column.
Rory ArchibaldCommented:
You were really close with your original - it's:

_(* #,##0_);(* #,##0);_(* "-"_);_(@_)

rather than:
_(* #,##0_);_(* (#,##0);_(* "-"_);_(@_)
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Rory ArchibaldCommented:
It's just a question of whether you want to force positive numbers to leave a space for the opening parenthesis so that you never get a digit lined up with a parenthesis.
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