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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A brilliant blog – I enjoy reading your posts. Lesley

Thanks Lesley

This is good information, but how do I make this the default?

I don’t think you can, Tanya

Thank you! You helped me with my homework 🙂

Glad to be of help!

iIt Dint work for me….AS I type (200) when I hit enter the bracket goes missing and no. gets to -200…plz help me

I’m unsure why as I’ve just re-tried it. Are you sure you followed the instructions correctly.

It’s possible to set up your excel programme to open up with settings that you choose by using workbook templates. The other alternative is to use a macro for setting changes so that it’s quicker to use.

If you want to know more about “formatting-a-negative-number-with-parentheses”, check this link ……..

http://www.exceltip.com/excel-format/formatting-a-negative-number-with-parentheses.html

Thank You

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thanks alot…. it really helpfull…. i have solved many of my broblems… thanks for sharing

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thanks for sharing your valuable knowledge

Thank you so much it really helped me a lot

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I am helped.

Great.

I want to make if the cells is negative number write Down and if the cells is positive number write up how I do this in excel ??

How about IF(B2<0,"Down","Up") where B2 is the cell with the number in?

GREAT help! thanks!

Thank you very much.it helps

Perfect. Thanks very much.

thanks it is working

hi guys this will replace the negative to bracket, set it under Custom

_-* #,##0.00_-;* (#,##0.00);_-* “-“??_-;_-@_-

#,##0.00;[Red](#,##0.00)