We can use the **excel sign function **to return the **sign of a number**. The sign function returns:

- Number zero as
**0** - A positive number
**as 1** - A negative number
**as -1**

The steps below will walk through the process.

*Figure 1: How to Use the Excel Sign Function*

**Syntax**

**=SIGN(NUMBER)**

**Formula**

**=SIGN(A4)**

**Setting up the Data**

- We will set up the data by inputting the
**NUMBERS**into**Column A** **Column B**is where we want the**SIGN FUNCTION**to return the result

* Figure 2: Setting up the Data*

**Using the Excel Sign Function**

- We will click on
**Cell B4** - We will insert the formula below into the cell

**=SIGN(A4)** `We will`

**press the enter key**

* Figure 3: Result of the Sign Function for Cell A4*

- We will click on
**Cell B4**again - We will
**double-click**on the fill handle (**the small plus sign at the bottom right of Cell B4**) and drag down to copy the formula into the other cells

* Figure 4: Result of the Sign Function for Column A*

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