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How to change positive numbers to negative in Excel?

How can you quickly change all positive numbers or values to negative in Excel? The following methods can guide you to quickly change all positive numbers to negative in Excel.

Change positive numbers to negative with Paste Special function

Change positive numbers to negative with VBA code

Change positive numbers to negative or vice versa with Kutools for Excel


Change or convert positive numbers to negatives and vice versa:

With Kutools for Excel’s Change Sign of Values utility, you can change the positive numbers to negative or vice versa, reverse the sign of numbers, fix trailing negative signs, and so on.

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


You can change positive numbers to negative with Paste Special function in Excel. Please do as follows.

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

2. Highlight the range that you want to change, then right-click and choose Paste Special from the context menu to open the Paste Special dialog box. See screenshot:

3. Then select All option from the Paste, and Multiply from the Operation.

4. And then click OK, all of the positive numbers have been changed to negative numbers.

5. At last, you can delete the number -1 as you need.


arrow blue right bubble Change positive numbers to negative with VBA code

Using VBA code, you can also change positive numbers to negative, but you must know how to use a VBA. Please do as the following steps:

1. Select the range that you want to change.

2. Click Developer >Visual Basic, a new Microsoft Visual Basic for applications window will be displayed, click Insert > Moduleand then copy and paste the following codes in the module:

Sub ChangeToNegative()
'Updateby20131113
Dim rng As Range
Dim WorkRng As Range
On Error Resume Next
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set WorkRng = Application.Selection
Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8)
Set WorkRng = WorkRng.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeConstants, xlNumbers)
For Each rng In WorkRng
    xValue = rng.Value
    If xValue > 0 Then
        rng.Value = xValue * -1
    End If
Next
End Sub

3. Click doc-positive-negative-2 button to run the code, a dialog is popped out for you to select a range that you want to convert the posItive values to negative. See screenshot:

4. Click Ok, then the positive values in the selected range is converted to negative at once.


arrow blue right bubble Change positive numbers to negative or vice versa with Kutools for Excel

You can also use Kutools for Excel’s Change Sign of Values tool to quickly change all positive numbers to negative.

Kutools for Excel : with more than 300 handy Excel add-ins, free to try with no limitation in 60 days. 

If you have installed Kutools for Excel, you can change positive numbers to negative as follows:

1. Select the range you want to change.

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

3. And in the Change Sign of Values dialog box, select Change all positive values to negative option.

4. Then click OK or Apply. And all of the positive numbers have been converted to negative numbers.

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Tips: To change or convert all the negative numbers to positive, please choose Change all negative values to positive in the dialog box as following screenshot shown:

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

Click to Download and free trial Kutools for Excel Now!


arrow blue right bubble Demo: Change positive numbers to negative or vice versa with Kutools for Excel

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    Excel Dummy · 1 years ago
    oh my gosh, that was so easy and helpful (paste special)
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    Arman · 2 years ago
    Thanks a lots...
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    William Leong · 2 years ago
    Thank you for the guidance. Clear and easy to understand.
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    Vicky · 2 years ago
    Helpful..thanks. would need more help in future..
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    Barnaby · 3 years ago
    Put the figure in brackets
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    SeSe84 · 4 years ago
    AWESOME!! nice, quick, easy.
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    sahdev · 4 years ago
    I need to add an tool for typing like word in vb.net 2003, which should be called on demand like button click or placed i form. Also user should be able to create auto correct option int it. Basiclly user should be able to type, format and auto correct text. Your feedback will be of great help.
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    ARAVINDAN · 4 years ago
    Helped at the time of requirement , saved a lot of time
    :-)
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    BookGirlNJ · 4 years ago
    You can also just highlight all the cells, Copy, right-click, Paste Special... and choose Subtract. It changes them all to negative.
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    lee p · 4 years ago
    Just use the following formula:

    =A2*-1

    Works a treat, none of this faffing about with Paste Special and suchlike
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    Sushil Joshi · 5 years ago
    Thank you very very Much... This simple but important formula helped me a lot.... Once again thank you.
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    vinod james · 5 years ago
    Very helpfull thank you very much
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    Raghu · 5 years ago
    Perfect!!

    Thank You!

    Raghu
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    Lynne · 5 years ago
    Excellent instructions with pics...followed perfectly and worked perfectly!
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    Aman · 5 years ago
    Thank you and it was very helpfull.
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    Dominic · 6 years ago
    Hello,
    I am trying to make a customer statement in excel.
    I want to have a coloumn for date, description, amount ,currency, exchange rate, Debit , credit and balance.

    I want it that when i put a negative figure on the amount, it multiplies with the exchange rate and posts on the debit automatically. and vice versa for the credit !

    How can i do that in excel please.

    Dominic
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      Jay Chivo · 6 years ago
      [quote name="Dominic"]Hello,
      I am trying to make a customer statement in excel.
      I want to have a coloumn for date, description, amount ,currency, exchange rate, Debit , credit and balance.

      I want it that when i put a negative figure on the amount, it multiplies with the exchange rate and posts on the debit automatically. and vice versa for the credit !

      How can i do that in excel please.

      Dominic[/quote]

      Please try to do as follows:

      [img]http://www.extendoffice.com/images/stories/doc-comments/11.png[/img]

      [img]http://www.extendoffice.com/images/stories/doc-comments/22.png[/img]
      • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.
        Jay Chivo · 6 years ago
        [quote name="Jay Chivo"][quote name="Dominic"]Hello,
        I am trying to make a customer statement in excel.
        I want to have a coloumn for date, description, amount ,currency, exchange rate, Debit , credit and balance.

        I want it that when i put a negative figure on the amount, it multiplies with the exchange rate and posts on the debit automatically. and vice versa for the credit !

        How can i do that in excel please.

        Dominic[/quote]

        Please try to do as follows:

        http://www.extendoffice.com/images/stories/doc-comments/11.png

        http://www.extendoffice.com/images/stories/doc-comments/22.png[/quote]

        In Debit, please use =if(C2>0,"",C2*E3)
        In Credit, please use =if(C2