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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

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

1. Enter number -1 in a blank cell, then select this cell, and press Ctrl + C keys to copy it.

2. Select all negative numbers in the range, right click, and select Paste Special… from the context menu. See screenshot:

Notes:
(1) Holding Ctrl key, you can select all negative numbers with clicking them one by one;
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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 as you need. See screenshot:

Easily change negative numbers to positive in the specified range in Excel

Comparing to removing the negative sign from cells one by one manually, Kutools for Excel's Change Sign of Values feature provides an extremely easy way to quickly change all negative numbers to positive in selection.


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Using VBA code to convert all negative numbers of a range to positive

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

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

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 Run button or press F5 key to run application, and all negative numbers will be changed to positive numbers. See screenshot:


Quickly and easily change negative numbers to positive with Kutools for Excel

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.

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

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

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

Note: With this Change sign of Values feature, 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. Have a Free Trial!

(1) Quickly change all positive values to negative in the specified range:

(2) Easily reverse the sign of all values in the specified range:

(3) Easily change all negative values to zero in the specified range:

(4) Easily fix trailing negative signs in the specified range:

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Thank you!!! Legend.
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or you could just get the absolute value with the formula =abs(cell).
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thank you very much which helps me to resolve the issue raised by my colleague
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A.J. You're a true savior!
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Very helpful, thanks!
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THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! :roll:
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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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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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I wanted to show the % as a positive so I used : =(SQRT(A1*A1))/A2
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If you want to be able to flip a number to + from - or visa versa you could use *-1 for example =(A1)*-1
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شكرا لك من اعماق القلب انك حقا مبدع فقط بضع كلامات قلتها تكفي عن كل الشرح الموجود هنا
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Dear Excel legend, with the above discreption has been usefull for me, thanks for your excellency.
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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
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very help ful for me and all users
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Perfect, thanks so much
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AUTHORIZED ALLOWED BALANCE UNIT PRICE AUTHORIZED ALLOWED UNDERRUN OVERRUN QUANTITY QUANTITY QUANTITY COST $ 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.
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Use only formula =abs(-10)=10 so easy...
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please use formula abs to change negative sign to positive
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It is so simple if you multiply -1 with the value or column and drag the formula :)
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I've found highlighting the column hitting ctrl F, then replacing - with nothing will remove the -. Its easy
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Just did the copy/paste -1 onto highlighted positive numbers and puff, like magic my job is done here. Big time saver big help
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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!
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Click on that Negative Number. Right Click & go on Format Cell & click on 1234.
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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).
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"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!
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