Dealing With Negative Time Formatting

Jul 16, 2007

It seems that time (i.e. -1:00) will be default as #########, etc. This makes me very unhappy. How to get around?

I could be fine with converting time to a total in seconds (i.e. 1:00 converted to 60 seconds)... but I'm not sure what kind of formula could do that.

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I don't know how to manipulate the formula with quoting the "You can't have cups less than zero".

Teletubbies coffee - Nested If

Create a nested If function to describe the Teletubbies coffee drinking habits based on the following criteria:

0 cups = Tea drinker

1-5 cups = Normal

More than 5 cups = Caffeine fiend

Copy the function down and check that it works.

How to structure the If function

Try modifying the If function so that if Cups of coffee is a negative number you see an appropriate error message. Make sure the rest of the function still works!

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I have done research on the forum and help on vba and got the following

I understand that the underscore is needed for the alignment.
However, when I include the _) the above is shown as follows:

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I am currently using the following format to display numbers in my excel.

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The brackets and underscores are used so that the positive and negative numbers align with overhanging brackets.

I want to modify the format such that it is able to display decimals where ever applicable.

For example

1,000 display as 1,000
0 display as a dash "-"
1.265 display as 1.265
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I tried changing it to:

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However it added a "." to all positive and negative numbers regardless of whether there were decimals after it.


10 displayed as 10.
-30 displayed as (30.)

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I can't use 1904. I have a formula that almost works.

I am doing everything in Military time. This is the finial peice of the puzzle.

Our shift begins at 18:00 and ends up until 7:00 (am) or so depending onwork

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A2 I have a time (Actual- Time the work was actually complete.)
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A2 I have a time
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I have one service level sheet where i used data in time format. I am getting error while using this sheet. I will just explain it in simple way...............

Please find below mentioned details.

Cell C D F

1 23:04 23:13 00:03

In cell G1 i have formula to get time difference between cell C1 and D1 and its give me difference between these both time as 00:09.

Formula is =IF(OR(ISBLANK(C1),ISBLANK(D1)),"",D1-C1)

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Formula is =IF(OR(ISBLANK(C1),ISBLANK(F1)),"",F1-C1)

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this is not what I need

It should be showing the following

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