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How to move minus sign from right to left/back to front in Excel?

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In some cases, you may encounter the negative numbers with minus sign at the back as below screenshot shown. And to move these minus signs from the back to the values’ front must be a time-wasted job if there are hundreds of values needed to fix. However, here I introduce some tricks to help you quickly to fix these trailing minus sign in Excel.
Move minus sign from back to front with Text to Columns
Move minus sign from back to front with VBA
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arrow blue right bubble Move minus sign from back to front with Text to Columns


There is a hidden utility in Text to Columns that can help you move minus sign from back to front.

1. Select the numbers you want to fix the trailing minus sign, and click Data > Text to Columns. See screenshot:
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2. In the Text to Columns wizard, directly click Next > Next to go to the Step 3 of 3 dialog, and click Advanced. See screenshot:

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3. In the Advanced Text Import Settings dialog, just check Trailing minus for negative numbers option, and click OK to close it.
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4. Then click Finish to close Text to Columns dialog, and the minus sign of the negative numbers have been moved from back to front.
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If you are familiar with VBA, here is one can help you.

1. Press Alt + F11 keys simultaneously to open Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste below VBA code to the new Module window.

VBA: Move minus sign from back to front (right to left)

Sub FixTrailingNumbers()
'UpdatebyKutoolsforExcel20160409
    Dim xRg As Range
    Dim xCol As Range
    Dim xTxt As String
    On Error Resume Next
    xTxt = ActiveWindow.RangeSelection.Address
    Set xRg = Application.InputBox("Select a range", "Kutools for Excel", xTxt, , , , , 8)
    If xRg Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
    For Each xCol In xRg.Columns
        xCol.TextToColumns Destination:=xCol, TrailingMinusNumbers:=True
    Next
End Sub

3. Click Run button or F5 key to execute this code, and a Kutools for Excel dialog pops out to remind you select a range to work. See screenshot:
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4. Click OK, and now the minus signs of negative numbers have been fixed correctly.


arrow blue right bubble Move minus sign from back to front with Kutools for Excel

If above methods are not easy enough, you can try to apply the Change Sign of Values utility of Kutools for Excel – a handy Excel tool to help you quickly move minus sign from back to front.

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After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Select the numbers you want to fix the trailing minus signs, and click Kutools > Content > Change Sign of Values. See screenshot:
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2. In the Change Sign of Values dialog, check Fix trailing negative signs option. See screenshot:
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3. Click Ok or Apply, now the minus signs of the negative numbers have been fixed from back to front.

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