In this article, we will show **how to convert negative value to positive in Excel using formula**. We will create **Excel** formulas with common functions like **IF**, **MAX**, and **ABS**. Using these formulas, you can easily convert the format. So, without any delay, let’s start the discussion.

## How to Convert Negative Value to Positive Using Formula in Excel: 3 Easy Ways

To demonstrate the methods, we will use a dataset of the **company’s income** for the **previous **month and the **present **month in **million dollars**. By **subtraction **process, we can find the change in income. Sometimes, we need to know only the **value **of the difference, not the sign. Let’s see the **3** methods to **convert the negative value to the positive using formula in Excel**.

### 1. Use ABS Function to Convert Negative Value to Positive in Excel

Utilizing **the ABS function**, we can formulate a formula to convert the **negative **value to **positive**. Let’s follow the steps below to learn the method.

**STEPS:**

- In the
**Change**column, you can observe both positive and negative numbers. - In this step, we will convert the
**negative**values of the**E**column into**positive**ones. - To do so, write down the following formula in the
**F5**cell:

`=ABS(E5)`

- Now, press
**Enter**to see the result.

- After that, drag down the formula in the
**F6:F9**range with the**Fill Handle**option.

- As a result, in the
**Positive Value**column, all values are positive. - So, we have successfully converted the
**negative**value to**positive**.

### 2. Utilize MAX Function to Convert Negative Value to Positive in Excel

Utilizing **the MAX function**, we can build up a formula to convert the **negative **value to a **positive**. Let’s follow the steps below to learn the method.

**STEPS:**

- Firstly, we need to calculate the change in the
**income**of the company. - To do so, you have the
**subtraction**from the**present**value to the**previous**value. - So, write down the following formula in the
**E5**cell to calculate the change:

`=D5-C5`

- Then, press
**OK**to observe the result.

- After that, drag down the
**subtraction**formula in the**E6:E9**range with the**Fill Handle**option.

- As a result, we can observe the change in
**income**in the**E**column.

- In the
**Change**column, you can observe both**positive**and**negative**numbers. - In this step, we will convert the
**negative**value into**positive**. - To do so, write down the following formula in the
**F5**cell:

`=MAX(E5,-E5)`

- Then, press
**Enter**to watch the result.

- After that, drag down the formula in the
**F6:F9**range with the**Fill Handle**option.

- As a result, in the
**Positive Value**column, all values are positive. - So, we have successfully converted the
**negative**value to**positive**one.

### 3. Create a Formula Using IF Function to Change Negative Value to Positive

Utilizing **the IF function**, we can form a formula to convert the **negative **value to **positive**. Let’s follow the steps below to learn the method.

**STEPS:**

- In the
**Change**column, you can observe both positive and negative numbers. - In this step, we will convert the
**negative**values of the**E**column into**positive**. - To do so, write down the following formula in the
**F5**cell:

`=IF(E5>0,E5,-E5)`

- Now, press
**Enter**to see the result.

- After that, drag down the formula in the
**F6:F9**range with the**Fill Handle**option.

- As a result, in the
**Positive Value**column, all values are positive. - So, we have successfully converted
**negative**value to**positive**.

**Read More: ****How to Change Positive Numbers to Negative in Excel**

## How to Change Negative Value to Positive and Vice Versa in Excel Applying VBA Code

Without building the formula, we can also change the** negative** value to **positive** applying **VBA** Code. Here, you can also change the **positive** number to **negative**. To demonstrate the method we have created a dataset of **5** random numbers. Here, both **positive **and negative numbers are **present**.

**STEPS:**

- Firstly, select the numbers in the
**B4:B9**range. - Then,
**Ctrl**+**C**to copy the numbers.

- After that,
**Ctrl**+**V**to paste the numbers in the**C**and**D**columns. - So, the numbers of the
**B**columns are copied to the**C**and**D**columns.

- Now, select the
**C5: C9**range.

- After selection, click on the
**Developer**tab and select**Visual Basic**.

- Instantly, the
**Microsoft Visual Basic Application**window will open. - In this window, select
**Insert**>>**Module**to open the module. - In the module, you will insert your code.

- As a result, the module will appear.
- Now, write down the following code in the module:

```
Sub Pos_To_Neg()
Dim x As Range
For Each x In Selection
If IsNumeric(x.Value) Then
x.Value = Abs(x.Value)
End If
Next x
End Sub
```

**ABS**function. In the code, we are applying the

**ABS**function and the code is returning the absolute value of the selected cells.

- After writing the code, you need to run the code.
- To do so, press on the following
**icon**. - So, your code has successfully run.
- Now, return the
**Excel Worksheet**to observe the outcome.

- As a result, in the
**All****Positive**column, all values are**positive**. - So, we have successfully converted the
**negative**value to**positive**.

- In the next step, we will convert the
**positive**value to**negative**. - To do so, select the
**D5:D9**range and return to the module.

- In the module, replace the following code with the previous code:

```
Sub Neg_To_Pos()
Dim x As Range
For Each x In Selection
If IsNumeric(x.Value) Then
x.Value = -Abs(x.Value)
End If
Next x
End Sub
```

**ABS**function. In the code, we are applying the

**ABS**function and the code is returning the absolute value of the selected cells. After that, we are adding

**minus sign**with each result. For this reason, all the elements are in the negative form.

- After writing the code, press the following
**icon**to run the code. - Now, return the
**Excel Worksheet**to observe the outcome.

- As a result, in the
**All Negative**column, all values are**negative**. - So, we have successfully converted the
**positive**value to**negative**.

**Read More: ****Excel Formula If Cell Contains Negative Number**

## Utilize Custom Formatting to Show Negative Value to Positive and Vice Versa

Utilizing **Custom Formatting**, we can easily change the negative value to positive and vice versa. Let’s follow the steps below to learn the method.

**STEPS:**

- Firstly, select the numbers in the
**B4:B9**range. - Then,
**Ctrl**+**C**to copy the numbers.

- After that,
**Ctrl**+**V**to paste the numbers in the**C**and**D**columns. - So, the numbers of the
**B**columns are copied to the**C**and**D**columns.

- Now, select the
**C5: C9**range.

- After selection, press the shortcut key
**Ctrl**+**1**. - Here, the shortcut key will open the
**custom formatting options**. - Now, go to the
**Custom**panel and in the**Type**input bar, enter “**#,###;#,###**”. - In the end, click
**OK**to proceed.

- As a result, in the
**C**column, all the numbers are in the**positive**form. - As the
**C9**cell contains**0**, it is showing nothing in this cell. - After that, you can also convert the
**positive**value to**negative**. - So, select the
**D5: D9**range.

- After selection, press the shortcut key
**Ctrl**+**1**. - Here, the shortcut key will open the
**custom formatting options**. - Now, go to the
**Custom**panel and in the**Type**input bar, enter “**-#,###;-#,###**”. - In the end, click
**OK**to proceed.

- As a result, in the
**D**column, all the numbers are in the**negative**form. - As the
**D9**cell contains**0**, it is showing just (**–**) in this cell.

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## Conclusion

In this article, we have shown **how to convert negative value to positive in Excel using formula**. There is a practice workbook at the beginning of the article. Go ahead and give it a try. Last but not least, please use the **comment section** below to post any questions or make any suggestions you might have.

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