Excel - Conditional Formatting question (if cell = 0, wrap cell in quotes)

Asked By Mo on 01-May-07 01:35 PM
IF Cell value = 0, wrap with quotes
not exactly quotes.. but with this number format:   ""'#0"',"
wrapped in single quotes, followed by a comma.

(format-cells - costum , to see what it looks like)


also, i dont want it to apply to every column (if its possible to do that)
just A1:A323,  B1:B323, E1:E323, G1:G323,  I1:I323, K1:K323

thanks in advance




Bernie Deitrick replied on 02-May-07 11:21 AM
Mo,

You don't need to use conditional formatting: just use a custom number format.  From Help:



Replace the format for zeroes with   "'#0"',  or    ""'#0"',"   I'm not sure which will geive you
your desired results.

HTH,
Bernie
MS Excel MVP




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Bernie Deitrick replied on 02-May-07 11:33 AM
Mo,

Well, that did not work well - the section of help that I copied was a .gif - you will need to open
the attachment..  Sorry.

HTH,
Bernie
MS Excel MVP
Mo replied on 02-May-07 01:38 PM
u mean theres attachments on this forum? where?
a .gif? i dont see that anywhere either... or a broken link or whatnot


Bernie, the problem is this:
I have a # column, a text column, # column, text column, etc
(and i need them in this particular order, to be copied and pasted into
notepad, for a reason or another)

the cells have this format applied to them:
number column:   ""'#0"',"
text columns:       ""'@"',"

the problem is, sometimes,
the cells in the TEXT column (which only have a text cell format)
will have a 0 in them. it wont be wrapped in quotes and such:(

so my choices (as far as i know) are either
1) find a way to apply BOTH a text AND number cell format to all cells
2) a format which applies to any cell, regardless of text/number value.
(cell range  A1:R323)
3) Conditional formatting for 0's
(seems the easiest/most possible method)

i'm not sure what other options i have atm
Bernie Deitrick replied on 02-May-07 02:10 PM
Mo,

Custom formats have four sections: format for values greater than zero, format for values less than
zero, formats for 0 values, and formats for string values, separated by ;'s.  So:


will do something along the lines of what you want.... Not sure how you want text to appear.  Just
play with the strings in the third and fourth positions.

HTH,
Bernie
MS Excel MVP
Mo replied on 02-May-07 11:58 PM
thanks very much:)
works like a charm

i finally understand what the  ; are for
(well..i had an idea before, but now i get why it was not working in my
format testings lol)
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