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Excel is widely used for calculations because of its convenient format and ease of performing arithmetic operations. You may need to convert a single number or a column of numbers from positive to negative. While you can go to each number and insert the minus sign in front of it, this can be time-consuming if you have a long list of numbers.

## Option 1 – Using a formula

### Step 1 – Create the formula

- Select the destination cell for the negative number
- Type the formula using cell references
- = Positive * -1

- Press
**Enter**

### Step 2 – Copy the formula

- Using the fill handle from the first cell, drag the formula to the remaining cells

OR

- Select the cell with the formula and press
**Ctrl+C**or choose**Copy**from the context menu (right-click) - Select the rest of the cells in the column and press
**Ctrl+V**or choose**Paste**from the context menu (right-click)

### Step 3 – Check the result

- The positive numbers are converted to negative

## Option 2 – Use **Paste Special**

### Step 1 – Copy the value

- Copy the positive values into a neighboring column
- Enter -1 (minus one) in a cell outside the column
- Copy the -1 by pressing
**Ctrl+C**or by right-clicking and selecting**Copy**from the context menu - Select the positive values that were copied

### Step 2 – Open the **Paste Special **window

- Open the
**Paste Special**window by right-clicking and selecting**Paste Special**from the context menu

OR

Go to **Home > Clipboard > Paste > Paste Special**

OR

Press** Alt+E+S**

### Step 3 – Paste the value

- In the
**Paste Special**window, select**Multiply** - Click
**OK**

### Step 4 – Check the result

- All values in the column are multiplied by -1 which turns them into negative numbers