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hi i need to change all the numbers in a column to negative ones?

Solved by D. D. in 21 mins

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Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:34

Hello, I understand that you need help in converting all your numbers in a column to negative numbers, right?

User
26/07/2018 - 12:34

yeah asn an example all of these would need A - infront of them

User
26/07/2018 - 12:35

yeah as an example all of these would need a - in front of them

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:35

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Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:35

Easiest way to do this is to simply multiply your values to -1

User
26/07/2018 - 12:36

im completly new to this

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:36

If you'll look at the formula in column D, I've multiplied the values by -1 and you'll see the result.

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:36

Select cell D5 and you will see the formula in the formula bar.

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:37

You are doing it wrong.

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:37

Please undo.

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:37

Try it in B2.

User
26/07/2018 - 12:38

sorry

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:38

You have to type the formula in another cell, otherwise, the formula won't work.

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:38

=A2*-1 The formula means you are multiplying the value of A2 to -1.

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:38

So if you want to convert A3, then change A2 to A3 in the formula.

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:39

You changed it to C5 but your cell C5 does not have a value yet.

User
26/07/2018 - 12:40

how would i do this to a who;e column

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:41

You will first type the formula in the first cell.

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:41

Then select that cell, click and hold the tiny box in the bottom right corner and drag it downwards

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:42

There you go.

User
26/07/2018 - 12:43

this is the one i need to do it to

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:44

Why are some of your data already in the negative?

User
26/07/2018 - 12:44

that was me trying to get through it

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:44

So all your numbers are POSITIVE?

User
26/07/2018 - 12:44

yeah

User
26/07/2018 - 12:44

yeah

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:44

Do you just want this solved or do you want to learn it?

User
26/07/2018 - 12:45

i need to learn for the future if i need to do it a gain

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:45

Okay, remember the formula I gave you earlier?

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:45

=A2*-1

User
26/07/2018 - 12:45

but i would also apreacate if you you help solve it to

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:45

This is converting whatever the value is in A2 to negative.

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:46

Since you data starts in G2 then you must change A2 to G2.

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:46

And watch where you are typing.

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:46

You must type it in H2 or right next to it.

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:46

It won't make sense if you type it on top.

User
26/07/2018 - 12:49

im sorry i reall am trying

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:50

Type this in H2 = G2*-1

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:50

Remember, you have to type the formula right next to the value you are trying to convert.

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:50

DO you see the column letters and row numbers?

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:51

Column letters are the letters above the sheet. ABCDEF....

User
26/07/2018 - 12:51

yeah

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:51

Row numbers are the numbers to the left

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:51

1234...

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:51

Type this where H and 2 intersect

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:51

=g2*-1

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:53

There you go.

User
26/07/2018 - 12:53

thanks so much

User
26/07/2018 - 12:53

your a lif saver

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:53

You are welcome! Glad to have helped!

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:53

Would there be anything else that I can help you with regards to the original question?

User
26/07/2018 - 12:54

no youve been awesome

User
26/07/2018 - 12:54

hank you

Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:54

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26/07/2018 - 12:54

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Excelchat Expert
26/07/2018 - 12:54

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User
26/07/2018 - 12:55

thanks yeah no problem

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