## 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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** 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:

** 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 button to run application, and all the selected negative numbers will be changed into positive numbers.

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** 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:

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:

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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## Comments

by my colleague

Neg times neg = positive...

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

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.

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!

Right Click & go on Format Cell & click on 1234.

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!

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.

=max(A1,-A1)

What this formula does is to choose the highest number, and positive will normally be the highest number.

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