Rather than having negative numbers with a minus sign in front of them, some people prefer to put negative numbers in brackets.
To do this, select the cell or range of cells to be formatted, then if using Microsoft Excel 2003 or earlier, click Format – Cells and ensure the Number tab is uppermost. If using Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010,2013 or 2016, then on the Home tab, in the Number group, click the dialog box launcher. In either case, the Format Cells dialog box will be displayed. In the Category section, click Custom and then choose the format nearest to the one you wish to adapt.
In the Type box, adapt the format to be your required choice; in the box above I might change it to #,##0;(#,##0). Click OK. Any negative numbers should now be shown in brackets.
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