# Excel - COLUMN Function Problem - Expert Solution

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How do I change a column of (-) Negative values to Positive? (+) I have a list of business expenses on a spreadsheet.
Solved by X. W. in 30 mins
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Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 04:36
Hi
User 01/04/2017 - 04:36
No I think this will do it...
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 04:38
just multiple it by -1
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 04:38
so suppose if cell A1 is -5, then in some helper column use the formula,
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 04:39
=A1*-1, then copy the output back as values in A1
User 01/04/2017 - 04:41
Oh! ok I think I get it. Can I give it a try while you are still with me?
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 04:42
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 04:42
I am here only
User 01/04/2017 - 04:42
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 04:45
ok
User 01/04/2017 - 04:49
there are about 100 values that need to be changed. How do I define the entire range. Rather than a single cell?
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 04:49
you can just drag the formula down, if its all in one column
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 04:49
use it with if condition
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 04:49
like this
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 04:50
=if(A1<0,A1*-1,A1)
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 04:50
copy this formula in helper column and drag it down
User 01/04/2017 - 04:51
ok thank you please hold while I give it a try...
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 04:51
ok, I am here only
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 04:59
Hi, it worked or not?
User 01/04/2017 - 04:59
Im having trouble getting it to work, im sorry. i know your time is limited.
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 05:00
you can upload your sheet here and I can help
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 05:00
if data is not confidential or you can share sheet with dummy data
User 01/04/2017 - 05:01
ok
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 05:03
about 3 minutes remaining in session, if your query is still not resolved, you can follow me here
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 05:03
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 05:03
if the session ends
User 01/04/2017 - 05:05
ok thank you i will
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 05:05
Excelchat Expert 01/04/2017 - 05:05
before the session ends
User 01/04/2017 - 05:05
yes
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