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. Tap 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:

change negative numbers to positive in Excel

3. And a Paste special dialog box will be displayed, select All option from Paste, select Multiply option from Operation, click OK. See screenshot:

change negative numbers to positive in Excel

4. The all selected negative numbers will be converted into positive numbers. Delete the number -1. See screenshot:

change negative numbers to positive in Excel


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.


Courtesy: Extend Office


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  1. Vilas Shende
    April 20, 2015

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