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Sum  show negative number?
If I highlight several numbers in a column, Excel will indicate the
sum. But it always shows that sum as a positive number, even if it's actually negative. Is there any way to change this behavior? 
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Hi,
Are you talking about the sum in the status bar. It does display the sum as negative number as well. Govind Steve wrote: If I highlight several numbers in a column, Excel will indicate the sum. But it always shows that sum as a positive number, even if it's actually negative. Is there any way to change this behavior? 
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Govind wrote:
If I highlight several numbers in a column, Excel will indicate the sum. But it always shows that sum as a positive number, even if it's actually negative. Is there any way to change this behavior? Are you talking about the sum in the status bar. It does display the sum as negative number as well. Yep, the status bar. As an example, entered 600 in one cell and +500 in the next. The status bar says Sum=100. Just played around with this a bit  apparently Excel does not recognize numbers in red as negative, unless they're also in parentheses  in spite of the fact that cell formatting provides the option of unadorned red numbers to indicate negatives. This must be some sorta bug? 
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Excel does not per se recognise any format as negative numbers, it
recognises negative numbers by the fact that they are less than 0, either entered as less than zero, or as a result of a calculation. Red, and/or parentheses are just a way of showing a number in the visual presentation of that cell. You could just as easily format positive numbers with parentheses as you could negative numbers.  HTH RP (remove nothere from the email address if mailing direct) "Steve" wrote in message ... Govind wrote: If I highlight several numbers in a column, Excel will indicate the sum. But it always shows that sum as a positive number, even if it's actually negative. Is there any way to change this behavior? Are you talking about the sum in the status bar. It does display the sum as negative number as well. Yep, the status bar. As an example, entered 600 in one cell and +500 in the next. The status bar says Sum=100. Just played around with this a bit  apparently Excel does not recognize numbers in red as negative, unless they're also in parentheses  in spite of the fact that cell formatting provides the option of unadorned red numbers to indicate negatives. This must be some sorta bug? 
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Not really, if you have your values showing as red with no negative sign
that is a conscious choice you have made when selecting the formats for those cells and Excel respects it. Why would you then expect Excel to put a negative sign in when using the status bar. If you make your format such that it has a negative sign as well as being red then Excel will provide a negative sign in the status bar. Your problem stems from the fact that the status bar does not have the facility to show a red font.  Regards Ken....................... Microsoft MVP  Excel Sys Spec  Win XP Pro / XL 97/00/02/03 ** It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission :) ** "Steve" wrote in message ... Govind wrote: If I highlight several numbers in a column, Excel will indicate the sum. But it always shows that sum as a positive number, even if it's actually negative. Is there any way to change this behavior? Are you talking about the sum in the status bar. It does display the sum as negative number as well. Yep, the status bar. As an example, entered 600 in one cell and +500 in the next. The status bar says Sum=100. Just played around with this a bit  apparently Excel does not recognize numbers in red as negative, unless they're also in parentheses  in spite of the fact that cell formatting provides the option of unadorned red numbers to indicate negatives. This must be some sorta bug? 
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"Bob Phillips" wrote:
If I highlight several numbers in a column, Excel will indicate the sum. But it always shows that sum as a positive number, even if it's actually negative. Is there any way to change this behavior? Are you talking about the sum in the status bar. It does display the sum as negative number as well. Yep, the status bar. As an example, entered 600 in one cell and +500 in the next. The status bar says Sum=100. Just played around with this a bit  apparently Excel does not recognize numbers in red as negative, unless they're also in parentheses  in spite of the fact that cell formatting provides the option of unadorned red numbers to indicate negatives. This must be some sorta bug? Excel does not per se recognise any format as negative numbers, it recognises negative numbers by the fact that they are less than 0, either entered as less than zero, or as a result of a calculation. Red, and/or parentheses are just a way of showing a number in the visual presentation of that cell. That makes perfect sense  so it must mean that Excel is not capable of showing the color red in the status line? And therefore, without formatting the cell to include the minus sign or parentheses, there's no way to tell whether the Sum is positive or negative? 
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"Ken Wright" wrote:
Not really, if you have your values showing as red with no negative sign that is a conscious choice you have made when selecting the formats for those cells and Excel respects it. Why would you then expect Excel to put a negative sign in when using the status bar. If you make your format such that it has a negative sign as well as being red then Excel will provide a negative sign in the status bar. Your problem stems from the fact that the status bar does not have the facility to show a red font. Ok, thanks, that explains it (posted my last message before I saw this explanation). Of course, it would be nice if there was some kinda warning or explanation when choosing that cell format option. And even better if the status bar was capable of showing the color red. 
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Steve wrote:
"Ken Wright" wrote: Not really, if you have your values showing as red with no negative sign that is a conscious choice you have made when selecting the formats for those cells and Excel respects it. Why would you then expect Excel to put a negative sign in when using the status bar. If you make your format such that it has a negative sign as well as being red then Excel will provide a negative sign in the status bar. Your problem stems from the fact that the status bar does not have the facility to show a red font. Ok, thanks, that explains it (posted my last message before I saw this explanation). Of course, it would be nice if there was some kinda warning or explanation when choosing that cell format option. And even better if the status bar was capable of showing the color red. One reason I like to use plain red is that it makes the numbers easier to read, without the parentheses. A secondbest option would be red with a negative sign. But that doesn't appear to be possible... 
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You can create a custom format to show almost *anything* you want.
Custom format for red and minus sign: #,##0.00;[Red]#,##0.00 And of course, you could add the parenthesis also: #,##0.00_);[Red](#,##0.00)  HTH, RD ============================================== Please keep all correspondence within the Group, so all may benefit! ============================================== "Steve" wrote in message ... Steve wrote: "Ken Wright" wrote: Not really, if you have your values showing as red with no negative sign that is a conscious choice you have made when selecting the formats for those cells and Excel respects it. Why would you then expect Excel to put a negative sign in when using the status bar. If you make your format such that it has a negative sign as well as being red then Excel will provide a negative sign in the status bar. Your problem stems from the fact that the status bar does not have the facility to show a red font. Ok, thanks, that explains it (posted my last message before I saw this explanation). Of course, it would be nice if there was some kinda warning or explanation when choosing that cell format option. And even better if the status bar was capable of showing the color red. One reason I like to use plain red is that it makes the numbers easier to read, without the parentheses. A secondbest option would be red with a negative sign. But that doesn't appear to be possible... 
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"RagDyer" wrote:
Ok, thanks, that explains it (posted my last message before I saw this explanation). Of course, it would be nice if there was some kinda warning or explanation when choosing that cell format option. And even better if the status bar was capable of showing the color red. One reason I like to use plain red is that it makes the numbers easier to read, without the parentheses. A secondbest option would be red with a negative sign. But that doesn't appear to be possible... You can create a custom format to show almost *anything* you want. Custom format for red and minus sign: #,##0.00;[Red]#,##0.00 And of course, you could add the parenthesis also: #,##0.00_);[Red](#,##0.00) Thanks, I'll give those a try. What I'd really like to be able to customize is the status bar, to show the color red or use the minus sign even though I haven't used it in the cells... 
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