How to reverse signs of values in cells in Excel?

When we use excel, there are both positive and negative numbers in a worksheet. Supposing we need to change the positive numbers to negative and vice versa. Of course, we can change them manually, but if there are hundreds of numbers need to be changed, this method is not a good choice. Are there any quick tricks to solve this problem?

Reverse the sign of values in cells with Paste Special function

Reverse the sign of values in cells with VBA code

Reverse the sign of values in cells with Kutools for Excel quickly


Reverse the sign of all numbers:

Kutools for Excel’s Change Sign of Values utility can help you to change the positive numbers to negative and vice versa, it also can help you to reverse the sign of the values and fix trailing negative sign to normal.

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We can reverse the sign of values in cells with the Paste Special function in Excel, please do as follows:

1. Tap number -1 in a blank cell and copy it.

2. Select the range that you want to reverse the sign of values, right-click and choose Paste Special. See screenshot:

3. In the Paste Special dialog box, click All options from Paste and Multiply option from Operation. See screenshot:

4. Then click OK, and all of the signs of the numbers in the range have been reversed.

5. Delete the number -1 as you need.


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Also, we can use a VBA code to reverse the sign of values in cells. But we must know how to get the VBA to do the thing. We can do it as the following steps:

1. Select the range you want to reverse the sign of values in cells.

2. Click Developer > Visual Basic in Excel, a new Microsoft Visual Basic for applications window will be displayed, or using the shortcut keys (Alt+F11) to active it. Then click Insert > Module, and then copy and paste the following VBA code:

Sub Convert()
Dim C As Range
For Each C In Selection
C.Value = -C.Value
Next C
End Sub

3. Then click doc-reverse-sign-6 button to run the code. And the sign of numbers in the selected range have been reversed at once.


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We can reverse the sign of values quickly with Change Sign of Values feature of Kutools for Excel.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:

1. Select the range that you want to reverse the signs of the numbers.

2. Click Kutools > Content > Change Sign of Values…, see screenshot:

3. In the Change Sign of Values dialog box, check the Reverse the sign of all values, see screenshot:

doc-reverse-signs-of-values5

4. And then click OK or Apply. All of the signs of the numbers have been reversed.

The Change Sign of Values of Kutools for Excel can also fix trailing negative signs, change all negative values to positive and change all positive values to negative. For more detailed information about Change Sign of Values, please visit Change Sign of Values feature description.

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Comments  

Permalink +8 JAVED KHAN
In a New Cell simply Multiply a the Cell-value by -1. It will reverse automatically. No need to perform such a long procedures.

e.g if the value in B1 is -25 then in Cell C1 enter the formula :

=B1 * -1

:-)
2014-03-11 07:47 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +2 wolfstevent
The goal was to change an entire range of cells easily, not just a single cell. The paste multiply method is basically a one step procedure to do just that.
2014-04-22 02:20 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 CPH1810
You sir have just blown my mind with your Excel Ninja ways, I tip my hat to you sir :lol:
2014-09-04 00:25 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 Jonathan
OMG THANK YOU SOOO MUCH. I have been looking all over the place for a way to simply do this. I was trying to find a way to have Excel take the SUM of a group of numbers and make it negative so that it would automatically do all the rest of the math on the sheet correctly. If anyone else is looking to do something similar, using the information I just obtained from #JAVED KHAN, enter the following function (this is just an example, change the cell references to match the ranges you are needing to use)

=SUM(B2:H2) * -1

This will now take the sum of the range and automatically change the value to a negative number.
2014-10-01 21:34 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 wolfstevent
Very cool trick. I imported transactions from BofA and AMEX and of course they use different signs for debits. One multiply paste later and I'm all fixed up.

Thanks.
2014-04-22 02:18 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Michaelq
This is tangentially related. I have a workbook in Excel 2013 that's baffling me. I get a #VALUE! error with the formula =SUM(8-(F4:F23) ) in cell F2.

When I reverse that, =SUM(F4:F23)-8) , I get (#) where (#) is the negative of what I expect.

But when I use #Jonathon's formula with my working formula in it, I again get the #VALUE! error.

How is this #VALUE! error even possible? What I want is for F2 to be a positive number that's the leftover balance when F4:F24 is less that 8.
2014-11-11 00:44 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Vikas
Michaelq please use abs function. It turns negative and positive values both to positive one.
2015-05-19 15:28 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Kevin Cox
I'm looking to add multiple $ to cells with formulas example (=((I29+AM29+AV29+BH29+CG29+CP29+DS29+AJ78+BA91+BU91+CO91+DK78)-(V25+EF25+EN25))/4

Is there away to do this quickly...
2014-11-11 14:31 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 David K
From my perspective it seems there is no foolproof way to simply remove a negative sign:

Multiplying by -1 can screw up subsequent cell values if each one is using a formula.
VBA requires saving in a different format.
Kutools requires you to download/purcha se an add-on.

You can format a column to show negatives as positives, but it turns the font Red.
2015-01-19 22:29 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 CHRISTINE
thank you

i had just posted in the SUN system with the srong month. this has helped me to reverse all the 195 entries within 7 minutes...
2015-09-02 08:58 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Hasan
Thank you so much, Sir. You helped me a lot. I hope I can return the favor. Thank you so much.
2015-11-25 15:19 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Emoployee
Thx Bro for the useful thread
2015-12-17 06:42 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Taylor
I have a mac version of excel and the paste special doesn't allow me to do that :-/ dying.
2016-08-09 21:44 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Bob
Yes. Yes it does. Enter "-1" in a cell. Copy that cell. Highlight all the values whose sign you wish to flip. Opt-Cmd-V opens paste special dialog box, choose multiply from the Operations section (I also find it beneficial to choose "values" in the Paste Section rather than "all" to preserve any formatting).
2016-11-22 19:05 Reply Reply with quote Quote

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