When working with Excel, you may face situations where you will need to change positive numbers to negative. The main objective of this article is to explain how to **change positive numbers to negative** in Excel.

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## How to Change Positive Numbers to Negative in Excel: 6 Effective Ways

Here, I have taken the following dataset to explain this article. The dataset contains **Months **and **Loss**. I will change the **Loss **to **Profit**. To do that I will **change the positive numbers to negative** because negative profit is the loss.

### 1. Using Mathematical Operation to Change Positive Numbers to Negative in Excel

In this first method, I will use a **mathematical operation** to **change positive numbers to negative** in Excel.

Letâ€™s see the steps.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, select the cell where you want to
**change the positive number to negative**. Here, I selected cell**C5**. - Secondly, in cell
**C5**write the following formula.

`=C5*-1`

Here, I **multiplied **the value in cell **C5 **by **-1**. The formula will not change the value. It will only change the number from **positive to negative **and return the negative value as result.

- Finally, press
**ENTER**to**change the number to negative**.

- After that, drag the
**Fill Handle**to copy the formula.

Now, you can see that I have copied the formula to all the other cells and** changed my positive numbers to negative**.

**Read More: ****Excel Formula for Positive and Negative Numbers**

### 2. Applying Paste Special Feature in Excel

To explain this method, I have taken the following dataset. This dataset contains **Months**, **Income**, and **Expense**. The **Expenses **are written as **positive numbers **here. I will change these **positive numbers to negative**.

Letâ€™s see how to **change positive numbers to negative **in Excel by applying the **Paste Special **feature.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, write
**-1**in any cell outside your dataset. Here, I wrote it in cell**B11**. - Secondly, copy cell
**B11**.

- Thirdly, select the range where you want to
**change positive numbers to negative**.

- After that,
**Right-click**on the selected data. - Next, select
**Paste Special**.

Now, you will see a **dialog box **named **Paste Special** will appear.

- Firstly, select
**Values**from**Paste**. - Secondly, select
**Multiply**from**Operation**. - Thirdly, select
**OK**.

Now, you will see that the **positive numbers are changed to negative numbers**.

Finally, you can delete the **-1** you wrote in cell **B11** and get your desired dataset.

### 3. Use of ABS Function to Change Positive Numbers to Negative

To explain this method, I have taken the following dataset. This dataset contains **Months** and** Expense**. Here, you can see that some of the expenses are written as a positive number. I will change the **positive numbers to negative **and keep the negative numbers as it is.

Letâ€™s see how to **change positive numbers to negative **in Excel with the use of **the ABS function**.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, select the cell where you want to change the
**positive number to negative**. Here, I selected cell**D5**. - Secondly, in cell
**D5**write the following formula.

`=ABS(C5)*-1`

**Formula Breakdown**

- Here, in the
**ABS**function, I selected**C5**as a**number**. The**ABS**function will return the**absolute value**of the number in cell**C5**. - And then,
**multiplied**the**absolute value**by**-1**. Which will change the sign of the number to negative without changing the value. - Finally, the formula will change the number in cell
**C5**to a**negative number**.

- Thirdly, select
**ENTER**to get the result.

- Now, drag the
**Fill Handle**to copy the formula to other cells.

Finally, you can see that I have copied the formula to all the other cells and **changed positive numbers to negative**.

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### 4. Employing IF Function in Excel

For you to understand this method clearly, I have taken the following dataset. This dataset contains **Months** and** Expense**. Here, you can see that some of the expenses are written as a positive number. I will change the **positive numbers to negative **and **keep the negative numbers** as it is.

Letâ€™s see how to **change positive numbers to negative** in Excel by employing **the IF function**.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, select the cell where you want to change
**positive number to negative**. Here, I selected cell**D5**. - Secondly, in cell
**D5**write the following formula.

`=IF(C5<0,C5,C5*-1)`

Here, in the **IF **function, I selected **C5<0 **as **logicat_test**, **C5 **as **value_if_true**, and **C5*-1 **as **value_if_false**. The **IF **function will check if the value in cell **C5 **is **Less than 0**. If it is true, the formula will return the value in cell **C5 **as **result**. Otherwise, it will **multiply** the value in cell **C5 **by **-1 **and will return it as **result**.

- Thirdly, press
**ENTER**to get the result.

- Now, drag the
**Fill Handle**to copy the formula to the other cells.

Finally, you can see that I have copied the formula to all the other cells and **changed positive numbers to negative**.

### 5. Using Go to Special Command in Non-blank Cells

To explain this method, I have taken the following example. Here, the dataset contains information about **Income **and **Expense**. I will convert the **positive numbers to negative **in the **Expense** column. I will only change the numbers in **non-blank cells**.

Letâ€™s see how to **change positive numbers to negative** in only **non-blank cells** in Excel by using the **Go to Special** command.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, write
**-1**in any cell outside your dataset. Here, I wrote it in cell**B11**. - Secondly, copy cell
**B11**.

- Thirdly, select the range where you want to
**change positive numbers to negative**.

- After that, go to the
**Home**tab. - Next, select
**Find & Select**.

Here, you will see a drop-down menu will appear.

- Then, select
**Go To Special**.

Now, you will see a **dialog box **named **Go To Special **will appear.

- Firstly, select
**Constants**from**Select**. - Secondly, select
**OK**.

Here, you will see that only the **non-blank **cells are selected.

- After that,
**Right-click**on any of the selected cells. - Next, select
**Paste Special**.

Now, you will see a **dialog box **named **Paste Special** will appear.

- Firstly, select
**Values**from**Paste**. - Secondly, select
**Multiply**from**Operation**. - Thirdly, select
**OK**.

Now, you will see that the **positive numbers are changed to negative **numbers in the **non-blank **cells.

Finally, you can delete the **-1** you wrote in cell **B11** and get your desired dataset.

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### 6. Applying VBA to Change Positive Numbers to Negative in Excel

In this method, I will explain how you can **change the positive numbers to negative** in Excel by applying **VBA**. To explain this method I have taken the following dataset. This dataset contains **Months** and** Expense**. Here, you can see that some of the expenses are written as a positive number. I will change the **positive numbers to negative **and keep the negative numbers as it is.

Letâ€™s see the steps.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, go to the
**Developer**tab - Secondly, select
**Visual Basic**.

Now, you will see the **Visual Basic **window will open.

- After that, go to the
**Insert**tab**.Â** - Now, select the
**Module**option.

After that, you will see a **Module **has opened. In that **Module **type in the following code.

```
Sub Positive_to_Negative()
Dim current_sheet As Worksheet
Dim selected_range As Range
Dim Result As Range
Set current_sheet = Application.ActiveSheet
Set selected_range = Application.Selection
For Each cell In selected_range
Â Â Â If cell.Value > 0 Then
Â Â Â cell.Value = cell.Value * -1
Â Â Â End If
Next
End Sub
```

**Code Breakdown**

- Here, I have created a
**Sub Procedure**named**Positive_to_Negative**. - Then, I declared a
**Variable**namedÂ**current_sheet**as**Worksheet**, and another**Variable**namedÂ**selected_range**as**Range**. I also declared a**Variable**named**Result**as**Range**. - Next, I used the
**Set statement**to assign the**Application.ActiveSheet**to**current_sheet**and**Application.Selection**to**selected_range**. - After that, I used a
**For Next Loop**that will check each cell in the**selected_range**. - Then, in the
**For Next Loop**, I used an**If Statement**. Which will check if the**cell value**in the selected range is greater than**0**. If it is then, it will**multiply**the cell value by**-1**and return it as a new**cell value**. - After that, I
**ended**the**If statement**. - Finally, I
**ended**the**Sub Procedure**.

Now, **Save** the code and go back to your worksheet.

- Firstly, select the range where you want to change
**positive numbers to negative**. - Secondly, go to the
**Developer**tab. - Thirdly, select
**Macros**.

Here, a **dialog box **will appear.

- Firstly, select the
**Sub Procedure**you created in your**VBA**as the**Macro name**. Here, I selected the**Macro**named**Positive_to_Negative.** - Secondly, select
**Run**.

Now, you can see that the **numbers are changed to negative from positive** in the selected range.

## Things to Remember

- It should be noted that
**Method-1**,**Method-2**, and**Method-5**can only be used when**all the numbers are positive**. Otherwise, you will change the**negative numbers to positive**while applying these three methods.

## Practice Section

Here, I have provided a practice sheet for you to practice how to **change positive numbers to negative **in Excel.

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## Conclusion

In this article, I tried to explain how to **change positive numbers to negative **in Excel with **6 **effective methods. I hope this was helpful for you. If you have any questions please, let me know in the comment section below.

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