Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Hiding Zeroes in Cells
Here’s a way to hide zeroes in cells, to improve the readability of your spreadsheet by making only the relevant non-zero numeric values visible.
Select the range of interest, right-click on that selection, and left-click to select Format Cells.
In the Format Cells dialog box:
• Select the Number tab.
• In the Category list, select Custom.
• In the Type field, enter
#;-#;; (notice the semicolon separators).
• Click OK.
why not do a conditional formatting coloring cells having 0 values in white.
Because in Excel versions before 2013, those cell values will be visible as they show through when their range is selected. Not good.
Why don’t use the preferences/advanced option instead this one?
Because every workbook or every worksheet or every zero value on the sheet would be affected. This way I posted, you have the full flexibility of formatting the zeroes where you want, not just everywhere but for certain places, and is easy to do with the formatting steps I showed.