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Handling Negative Numbers in a Complex Custom Format in Excel

When working with negative numbers in Excel, it is important to understand the different number formats that are available. The most common format is the standard number format, which displays negative numbers in red with a leading minus sign. However, there are other formats that can be used to display negative numbers in a more complex way. For example, the custom format can be used to display negative numbers in parentheses. To do this, select the cells that you want to format and then click on the "Format" button. In the "Number" tab, select "Custom" from the list of options. In the box next to "Type", enter the following code:

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

This code will format negative numbers so that they are enclosed in parentheses. If you want to change the color of the parentheses, you can do so by adding a semicolon after the code and then specifying a color code. For example, to make the parentheses red, you would use the following code:

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

You can also use the custom format to display negative numbers with a trailing minus sign. To do this, use the following code:

#,##0_-

This code will format negative numbers so that they have a trailing minus sign. If you want to change the color of the minus sign, you can do so by adding a semicolon after the code and then specifying a color code. For example, to make the minus sign red, you would use the following code:

#,##0_-;[Red]\-

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