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How do you escape parentheses around numbers in Google Docs Spreadsheets so that they don't default to displaying as negative numbers?

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Not sure what you want to do with the data and if this would mess it up, but you can prefix the number with a ' (single quote) and it will not display as negative (e.g. '(3) will display as (3)).

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Works for my purposes. Thanks! – user10453 Oct 3 '12 at 4:47
Cool, happy it helps! – RocketDonkey Oct 3 '12 at 4:47

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