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 How to sum numbers regardless of sign in Excel?

Supposing you have a range of numbers which contains both positive and negative values, and now, you want to sum the numbers regardless of the sign, it means to sum all the numbers as positive values. How could you deal with this problem in Excel?

Sum numbers regardless of sign with array formulas

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The following simple array formulas can help you to sum all the numbers without taking account of the negative sign, please do as follows:

1. Please enter any of the following array formulas, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to get the correct result as following screenshot shown:

=SUM(IF(A1:B12<0,-1*A1:B12,A1:B12))

=SUM(ABS(A1:B12))

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Note: In the above formulas, A1:B12 is the data range that you want to sum, please change the cell reference as your need.


arrow blue right bubble Sum numbers regardless of sign with Kutools for Excel

If you have Kutools for Excel, with its Sum Absolute Values feature, you can quickly get the total of the numbers regardless the sign.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:( Go to Download Kutools for Excel Now! )

1. Click a blank cell where you want to put the result, and then click Kutools > Formulas > Sum absolute values, see screenshot:

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2. In the Formula Helper dialog box, select the data range that you want to sum in the Number text box, see screenshot:

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3. And then click Ok button, all the selected numbers are added together regardless the sign of them.

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