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Change default comma style formatting

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After yet another one of the lovely Office updates my excel Comma formatting changed.  Now when I click on the comma to format a column of numbers, instead of putting my negative figures into brackets, it puts a minus in front, but with a massive gap between the number and the minus.


So now I have to CONSTANTLY change the format of the numbers.


Is there no way I can change the default setting of what happens when I click on the Comma?  Before this thing drives me bonkers?

3 Replies





You may find the solution in this thread.


Hope that helps

@Haytham Amairah 

This actually did help.  Unfortunately the change only stays while excel is open.  Once you close it, it reverts back to the old setting and you have to do it all over again.


So now if I can just figure out how to make that change stick, I'll be golden!


But thank you!



Go to the XLSTART folder through this path:



And check out if there is any file with the extension of (*.xlt) or (*.xltx), then delete it.