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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arrow blue right bubble Change negative to positive numbers with Paste special function


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

1. Enter 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

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

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

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

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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.

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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  

Permalink +2 Anonymous
Thank you!!! Legend.
2013-11-18 18:11 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +29 A.J.
or you could just get the absolute value with the formula =abs(cell).
2013-12-09 16:40 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +2 ravi
thank you very much which helps me to resolve the issue raised
by my colleague
2014-08-20 08:11 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 Gof
A.J. You're a true savior!
2015-01-21 09:33 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Renée
Very helpful, thanks!
2014-02-13 10:51 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Tariq Faheem Khan
THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! :roll:
2014-02-23 16:23 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +5 Think_simple
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.
2014-03-01 16:10 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Quintin
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...
2014-03-03 11:50 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Russell Berkeley
I wanted to show the % as a positive so I used : =(SQRT(A1*A1))/ A2
2014-03-13 15:11 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +3 Markg
If you want to be able to flip a number to + from - or visa versa you could use *-1 for example =(A1)*-1
2014-05-30 13:42 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 Naseer
Dear Excel legend, with the above discreption has been usefull for me, thanks for your excellency.
2014-07-24 11:36 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink -1 ravi
pls kindly help me out with this issue as i wanted to covert negative value to positive value by selecting empty cell and copying the negative value and going to paste special and selecting multiply option it is showin the negative value as 0
kutools option is not availible in 2007 & 2010 in this version
could you help me to come out to convert the neative value to positive value
what are the formulaes which are used to convert negative to positive
2014-08-20 08:06 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 tonyboy
very help ful for me and all users
2014-10-23 14:04 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Tom
Perfect, thanks so much
2014-11-20 01:40 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 USK
AUTHORIZED ALLO WED BALANCE UNIT PRICE AUTHORIZED ALLO WED UNDERRUN OVERRUN
QUANTITY QUANTI TY QUANTITY CO ST $ TO DATE $ BALANCE $ BALANCE $
100.00 106.00 -6.00 $0.01 $1.00 $1.06 $0.00 -$0.06
218.00 210.00 8.00 $0.01 $2.18 $2.10 $0.08 $0.00

I wanted automatically overrun and underrun cost to be on the respect column. How to do on Excell.
2014-12-06 15:14 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +4 Deepak Jeet
Use only formula =abs(-10)=10 so easy...
2015-03-12 07:41 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink -1 ashish
please use formula abs to change negative sign to positive
2015-04-29 17:51 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 Kripesh
It is so simple if you multiply -1 with the value or column and drag the formula :)
2015-05-11 10:18 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 kDibbs
I've found highlighting the column hitting ctrl F, then replacing - with nothing will remove the -. Its easy
2015-08-24 13:28 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Cheryl
Just did the copy/paste -1 onto highlighted positive numbers and puff, like magic my job is done here. Big time saver big help
2015-08-28 15:17 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Taimoor Ahmed
It's so simple. Don't know why it's been explained in such a complexed manner.

Suppose you have a column A with following values:
Cell A:
A2= -4000
A3= -5000
A4= -8000


Apply the formula in cell B2 =A2*(-1)

And drag it down till the last value of column A.

Done!
2016-02-01 12:09 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Sachin
Click on that Negative Number.
Right Click & go on Format Cell & click on 1234.
2016-04-19 12:17 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 joe calkee-later
Sachin, when you go to "Format Cell, and do as you suggested, that does not change the value of the number, it will only change the format, the color. And you left out a couple steps: 1. what tab to click on (number?), and 2. what category in that tab do you choose, then 3. which style option do you select (which still will not change the VALUE of the number, only the appearance (negative numbers showing in red, for example).
2016-04-26 13:27 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 Joe Calkee-later
"Formulas? We don' need no ... "

Click on Find and Replace.
Enter a dash in the "Find What" section.
Leave the "Replace With" section blank.
Click "Replace All" and BAM! Negativity" gone.

If you want to play it safe, and aren't sure about whether or not you will muck up your spreadsheet, copy Sheet 1 to Sheet 2, then perform the Find and Replace action with Sheet 2. If you like it, copy what you want and paste it back into Sheet 1. Safe as can be!
2016-04-20 23:27 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 joe calkee-later
Taimoor, Your solution requires adding a column of formulas. The easiest way is to use "find and replace", as I explained here on 4/20/16. Enter a dash in the first line, nothing in the second, and replace as many of them as you want ("find next" or "replace all").

Not "complexed" at all.

Your method creates clutter on the spreadsheet with a new column of formulas that requires the first column of negative numbers to remain, although it is now just a sub-component of the formulas column. Then, if you want to clean up the spreadsheet, you would have to hide that first column of negative numbers. Messy. No thank you. You say other people's methods are "complexed", but yours is not, IMHO, much, if any, of an improvement.
2016-04-26 13:47 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Zaki Dawood
use this formula (A1 is a cell reference in which you want to convert)

=max(A1,-A1)

What this formula does is to choose the highest number, and positive will normally be the highest number.
2017-03-20 13:40 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Joel
I chose a simpler solution, no formulas needed.

First, to preserve the original data in case I goofed up, I copied the raw CMM measurement data in Worksheet 1 to Worksheet 2.

Next, In Worksheet 2, I selected the multiple disconnected blocks of cells which had some negative numbers I wanted to convert to positive numbers. Then, I simply used the “replace” function to replace the minus sign with … nothing! It worked perfectly, and was clean; no formulas, no conditional formatting, and the raw unaltered data remained on Worksheet 1 as my backup resource.

Applying a formula is not always the answer. I love using Excel to do data logging, tracking, analysis, and to answer so many math questions, both at work and personally.

At work, I measure parts, and the machine measures distances to the left as negative numbers, and not just a positive number distance. Other measurements, though, are at a position of being on a datum X or Y, at zero. Those measurements will be off zero in the positive or negative direction, and I need hose occasional negative numbers to remain negative.

That meant I had to select a partial column here, another there, and skip ones that measured around a zero target, then apply that “negative sign removal) to only those measurements that were negatives, but did not have zero as the target dimension. It is probably confusing until actually seeing the spreadsheet I was fixing, but the method I chose worked perfectly, and had no formula involved, just a clean minus-sign removal done as a “replace” edit.

Thank you,

Joel
2017-04-02 03:38 Reply Reply with quote Quote

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