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On 02/16/2014 02:36 PM, Brian Barker wrote:
At 11:27 16/02/2014 -0800, Tom Williams wrote:
I selected cells "B2..B5" and used the "Format/Cells" function to
change the format to a currency format.  I chose the "-$1,234.00" in
red format.  The numbers in column B were changed accordingly.  Then,
my friend wanted only the first cell with a number to have a dollar
sign and the numbers below it to NOT have a dollar sign.  So, I
selected cells "B3..B5" and used the "Format/Cells" function to
change the format.  When the "Format Cells" window appeared, the
"Currency" number format was selected, as expected.  I went to the
"Format code" box and simply removed the "$$" references, leaving the
rest of the format code intact.  The Category immediately changed to
"User Defined", which is fine.

Here's the problem:  after the category changes to "User Defined",
the modified format code, which is still displayed, doesn't apply to
the selected cells ...

Nothing happens until you confirm by clicking OK, of course.  But if
you mean that the format didn't change even after you clicked OK, then
the obvious first possibility is that you had made an error in
modifying the string in the "Format code" box and had created
something that was not a valid format code.  In this case, the format
of the selected cells would not change and no new format example would
be created in the User-defined category.  (You can test this by

Thanks for posting this.  Duh!!!!  :)   Since no message of any kind was
issued telling me the modified format might be invalid, it didn't occur
to me that I was breaking the format code.  I'll experiment with this.




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