Microsoft Excel – display a dash (-) instead of a zero

I was asked by a client how I could display a dash (-) instead of 0 in cells. Although this could be done by the use of an IF statement, an easier way to do it is to select the cells to be adapted then go to the Format Cells Number tab (in Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010 and 2013, click on the dialog box launcher at the bottom of the Number group on the Home tab and in Microsoft Excel 2003 or earlier, click Format – Cells then go to the Number tab.)

Go to the Accounting section, then from the Symbol dropdown, click None.

Click OK. A dash will be displayed instead of a zero.

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About jdonbavand

I am a trainer of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project and Crystal Reports. I have called my blog "If Only I'd Known That...." because I hear it so many times in training sessions. In fact, if only I had a £100 (or 150 Aussie dollars)for every time someone says "If only I'd known that." ....
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9 Responses to Microsoft Excel – display a dash (-) instead of a zero

  1. pk says:

    Thank you for the explanation on how to turn a zero into dashes. I have been stumbling around for a while and your explanation solved my problem.

  2. shubhangi says:

    i am trying to do same but zero not turn into dashes. i have a query
    , if in cell 2 decimal are in cell e.g 0.02 then what can i do for turn in dashes

  3. Marco says:

    I understand how to format numbers so that in negatives show in red and parenthesis bot zeros show as zeros, or negatives show in black and parenthesis, and zeros show as dashes; but I want to combine negatives in red and parenthesis, and zeros show as dashes…. please show me how..

  4. Emilio Peña says:

    this works for me but now i need the numbers and dashes centered into the cell

  5. Ori says:

    This worked for me (Nordic keyboard):
    # ##0 ;# ##0;”-” ;_ @_

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