Parenthesis not an option when formatting cells

I have Excel 2010 and I do not have the option of making a negative number show with parentheses around it for any of the formatting options for number and currency, nor do they show up with parentheses in the accounting function. I've searched online and anything I've found seems to think that all I have to do is choose the option from the list, as you are able to in earlier versions of Excel, but all of my options only have a "-" for the negative. Is there something I can download to fix this or which of the custom options can I manipulate so that it will show the same as the accounting format in Excel 2003?

Start button | Control Panel | Regional Setting. On the Format tab open Advanced, there you will see the options for negative numbers. I am working with Win7 but I recall Win XP was similar. best wishes
Bernard Liengme, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Last updated April 17, 2020 Views 15,443 Applies to: