


When I import to excel from our accounting system, negative numbers show the
minus sign at the right e.g. 100 instead of 100 or (100) Excel reads this as text and I have to go through the list manually inserting a minus sign at the left and deleting the minus sign from the right. Is there any easier way to do this? The numbers are not a fixed length, so the  could be the third or the thirteenth character in the cell. 


Found it! Thanks PJB
=IF(RIGHT(A1,1)="",SUBSTITUTE(A1,"",""),A1) "Heather" wrote: [..] 


On Thu, 21 Apr 2005 09:39:26 0700, "Heather"
<Heather> wrote: >When I import to excel from our accounting system, negative numbers show the >minus sign at the right e.g. 100 instead of 100 or (100) Excel reads this >as text and I have to go through the list manually inserting a minus sign at >the left and deleting the minus sign from the right. >Is there any easier way to do this? The numbers are not a fixed length, so >the  could be the third or the thirteenth character in the cell. What version of Excel do you have? Later versions (2002+, possibly earlier) can do this automatically  easiest if your data to be converted is in columns. Select the relevant column (one column at a time). From the main menu, select Data/Text to Columns Next Next Advanced: Ensure "Trailing minus for negative numbers" is SELECTED. OK Finish If you have an earlier version, or a complicated distribution of numbers with trailing negatives, post back and we can use a VBA routine. ron 