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Encoding Code 39 in Excel removes parentheses and changes the Data to Negative

I need to encode data for Code 39 using your fonts. I am using parenthesis, my data, and parenthesis. When I do this, it converts my data to a negative number and the parentheses disappear.

Here is an example:
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When I hit return, this happens:
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How do I fix this?


12-19-14     1708 day(s) ago    

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Ben

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2016 Update:
A new product (Native Barcode Generator for Excel) has been released since this question was resolved that offers an easier method of generating barcodes in Excel.


A formatting option within Excel can cause numeric data surrounded with parentheses to be read as negative (for accounting purposes). There are a few ways to resolve the issue.

OPTION 1
Encode the data using asterisks or exclamation points using this tutorial:


OPTION 2
Format the Column to Text before surrounding the data with parentheses.

OPTION 3
Use the VBA Font Encoder to format the data

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