There may be times when you don't want a report full of zeros. Maybe the report would be easier to read if only non-zero values were shown. It was only last week that someone asked me how to do this.
One option is to select Tools, Options and select the View tab. Then deselect the 'Zero values' option. If you want to hide zero values for only part of your worksheet, the following stpes will do the trick.
To easily format a range of cells to hide zero values:
- Select the range of cells you want to apply the format to.
- Select Format, Cells and click on the Number tab.
- In the Category box, select Custom. The current format (i.e. #,##0.00;-#,##0.00) should be displayed in the Type field. Notice that there's a semi-colon in the format. The format to the left of the semi-colon is for positive numbers. The format to the right of the semi-colon is for negative numbers.
- A little-known trick is that you can add a second semi-colon to the right of the existing format (i.e. #,##0.00;-#,##0.00;). This will force cells containing zero values to display as blanks.