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How to fix/convert trailing negative signs to real numbers in Excel?

For some reasons, you may need to fix trailing negative signs in cells in Excel. For example, a number with trailing negative signs would be like 90-. In this condition, how can you quickly fix the trailing negative signs by removing the trailing negative sign from right to left? Here are some quick tricks can help you.

Fix trailing negative signs in cells with formulas

Fix trailing negative signs in cells with Text to Columns function

Fix trailing negative signs in cells with VBA code

Quickly fix trailing negative signs in cells with Kutools for Execel

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arrow blue right bubble Fix trailing negative signs in cells with formulas


For example, I have a range (A1:A11) which contains numbers with trailing negative signs. I can use the following formulas to fix them by removing the negative signs from left to right.

1. =IF(RIGHT(A1,1)="-",SUBSTITUTE(A1,"-","")*-1,A1)

2. =VALUE(IF(RIGHT(A1,1)="-",RIGHT(A1,1)&LEFT(A1,LEN(A1)-1),A1))

Select a blank cell adjacent to the cell that you want to change. I will click B1 and input one of the above formulas to the cell. Then tap the Enter key, and the trailing negative sign will be removed from right to left. And then drag the fill handle over the range of cells that you want to fix traling negative signs. See screenshot:

arrow blue right bubble Fix trailing negative signs in cells with Text to Columns function

Also we can use Text to Columns to fix trailing negative signs with the following steps:

1. Select the range you want to fix the trailing negative signs.

2. Go to the ribbon, click Data > Text to Columns, and a Convert Text to Columns Wizard dialog box will appear. See screenshot:

3. Click the Next button in step 1 and step 2.

4. In Step 3, click the Advanced… button and an Advanced Text Import Settings dialog box will pop out; please check Trailing minus for negative numbers option and click OK. See screenshot:

5. Click Finish. And all of the trailing negative signs will be fixed.


arrow blue right bubble Fix trailing negative signs in cells with VBA code

We can also use a VBA code to fix trailing negative signs in cells, please do as follows:

1. Highlight the range you would like to fix trailing negative signs, then Click Developer > Visual Basic, a new Microsoft Visual Basic for applications window will be displayed, click Insert > Module and then input the following VBA code:

VBA: fix all trailing negative signs in a selected range.

Sub FixNegative()
'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, xlTextValues)
For Each rng In WorkRng
    xValue = rng.Value
    If VBA.Right(xValue, 1) = "-" Then
        rng.Value = "-" & VBA.Left(xValue, VBA.Len(xValue) - 1)
    End If
Next
End Sub

2. Click doc-fix-trailing-signs-4 button to run the code, and then a dialog is displayed for you to select a range you want to fix the trailing negative, see screenshot:

doc-fix-trailing-signs-7

3. Click Ok, then all the trailing negative valuse are fixed to normal negative values.


arrow blue right bubble Quickly fix trailing negative signs in cells with Kutools fo Excel

We can quickly fix trailing negative signs with Kutools for Excel’s Change Sign of Values.

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If you have installed Kutools for Excel, you can fix trailing negative signs as follows.

Step 1. Select the range you want to change positive numbers to negative numbers, and click Kutools > Content Converter > Change Sign of Values. See screenshot:

Step 2. Check Fix trailing negative signs in the popup dialog, and click Ok or Apply. See screenshot:

Kutools for Excel’s Change Sign of Values can also change all positive values to negative values, 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.


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    Rat · 2 years ago
    Thank you so much. Very useful.
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    Matt Smith · 3 years ago
    If the methods outlined on this webpage do not work for you, note that there are different "negative sign" characters, such as "‐" or "-" or "–" or "—"

    I had been generating reports from a particular source which does not use the standard "-", and this problem had plagued me for days before I mustered the determination to find out the cause. I'm sure you can imagine the feeling of satisfaction upon discovering the imposter "negative sign".
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    HAROON · 3 years ago
    hi,
    can any one guide me.. if i want to put values 1-9 for only one symbol (*) IN DIFFERENT CELLS. SAME SYMBOL WITH DIFFERENT VALUES.
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    Mark DeBoer · 5 years ago
    Hi Shirley,

    Here is the article. MD