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I'm subtracting figures and I need to show whether the result is negative or positive.

Stumped as to how to make the '+' or '-' sign appear using cell formatting. Minus is automatic, I presume, but the positive I'm struggling with.

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Use a custom number format for your cells, such as:


displays -1, 0, 1 as

-1, 0, +1


"+"0.00;"-"0.00;"No change"

displays -1, 0, 1 as

-1.00, No change, +1.00
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Actually the "" marks around the + - are not needed. Just use +0;-0;0 – chris neilsen Jun 28 '11 at 8:47
Therefore could you use +??.??;-??.??;??.??. Which I hope would allow for alignment and show the +/- symbols? – RocketGoal Jun 28 '11 at 10:59
As mentioned here, you could use +General;-General;General to keep original decimal settings – acatalept Apr 3 '13 at 16:44

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