How to change negative numbers to positive in Excel?

When you are processing operations in Excel, sometimes, you may need to change the negative numbers to the positive numbers or vice versa. Are there any quick tricks you can apply for changing negative numbers to positive? This article will introduce you the following tricks for converting all negative numbers to positive or vice versa easily.

Change negative to positive numbers with Paste special function;
Good for all Excel starters, but too many steps.

Using VBA code to convert all negative numbers of a range to positive;
Good for Excel advanced users, but too complicated.

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You can change the negative numbers to positive numbers with following steps:

1. Tap number -1 in a blank cell, copy it, then select the negative numbers, if the negative cells are not adjacent, select the first negative one, then hold Ctrl key, and select the others.

2. After selecting all of the negative numbers, Right-click to pop out the Right-click menu and click Paste Special… from the menu. See screenshot:

3. And a Paste special dialog box will be displayed, select All option from Paste, select Multiply option from Operation, click OK. See screenshot:

4. The all selected negative numbers will be converted into positive numbers. Delete the number -1. See screenshot:

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arrow blue right bubble Using VBA code to convert all negative numbers of a range to positive

As an Excel professional, also you can run the VB code to change the negative numbers to positive numbers.

1. Select the range which containing the negative numbers you want to convert into positive, then click Developer > Visual Basic.

2. There will be a new window displayed. Click Insert > Module, then input the following codes in the module:

Sub Positive
Dim Cel As Range
For Each Cel In Selection
If IsNumeric(Cel.Value) Then
Cel.Value = Abs(Cel.Value)
End If
Next Cel
End Sub

3. Then click doc-change-negative-positive-4button to run application, and all the selected negative numbers will be changed into positive numbers.

Most of Excel users don’t want to use VBA code, are there any quick tricks for changing the negative numbers into positive? Kutools for excel can help you easily and comfortably to achieve this.


arrow blue right bubble Quickly and easily change negative numbers to positive with Kutools for Excel

After installing Kutools for excel, you can change negative numbers to positive numbers quickly.

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Please apply this utility by clicking Kutools > Content Converter > Change Sign of Values, see screenshot:

Step 1. Select a range include the negative numbers you want to change, and click Kutools > Content Converter > Change Sign of Values.

Step 2. Check Change all negative values to positive under Operation, and Click Ok. See screenshot:

You will see all negative numbers change to positive numbers as shown as below:

Note: With this utility, you also can fix trailing negative signs, change all positive numbers to negative, reverse the sign of all values and change all negative values to zero.

Fore more detailed information about Change Sign of Values, please visit Change sign of Values feature.


Relative article:

Change positive numbers to negative

Reverse signs of values in cells

Fix trailing negative signs in cells

Change negative number to zero


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Comments  

+2#Anonymous2013-11-18 18:11
Thank you!!! Legend.
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+5#A.J.2013-12-09 16:40
or you could just get the absolute value with the formula =abs(cell).
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0#Renée2014-02-13 10:51
Very helpful, thanks!
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0#Tariq Faheem Khan2014-02-23 16:23
THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! :roll:
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+1#Think_simple2014-03-01 16:10
Make sure all the numbers are present as 'value' and not as formula. Then hit ctrl+F and replace "-" (negative sign) with ""(empty). That should make all the numbers positive.
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0#Quintin2014-03-03 11:50
or... in 2 different cells = same number, multiply them with each other and take the square root of it.. =sqrt(A1*B1)
Neg times neg = positive...
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0#Russell Berkeley2014-03-13 15:11
I wanted to show the % as a positive so I used : =(SQRT(A1*A1))/A2
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