Can't see text


New Member
Jul 25, 2010
I've got an old spreadsheet that was created using Excel 2002. I recently upgraded to 2010 and converted the spreadsheet. There is a lot of conditional formatting in it so that if a number is 0, it is set as the same color as the background (sometimes that is white, sometimes it is yellow) so you can't see all of the zeros.

I have two issues:

1. Whenever I am typing, I can't see anything in the cell. I can see what I'm typing in the formula bar at the top, but I'm used to looking at the cell I'm working in.

2. When I enter a new row, the text is formatted the same as the background whether the value is zero or not (so you can't see it when there is a "real" number entered). I checked the conditional formatting for these new cells and it appears to be the same as all the others. I end up having to use the format painter to copy the formatting from another row.

Any idea what's going on here? Thanks for your help.

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Well-known Member
Apr 10, 2009
Welcom to the Board.

I'm not sure if this applies with 2010 since I have 2007, but if it doesn't somebody else might comment.

If you only want to Hide the Zero's, Click on the Office Button, then Excel Options. Under Advanced, scroll down to "Display options for this workbook." Uncheck in the "Show a zero in cells that have zero value. OK your way out.

Then I would remove all Conditional Formating that makes reference to a zero 0.

As far as nuber 2. When you insert a row all formating is copied down. So that is why you are having the same problem with new rows.

Hope that helps.

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