# Change negative numbers to positive in Excel

To change negative numbers to positive and leave positive numbers along (i.e. get absolute values) use the built-in ABS function. See illustration below:

## Formula

=ABS(number)

## Explanation

In the example shown the formula in C6 is:

=ABS(B6)

### How this formula works

The ABS function is fully automatic. All you need to do is supply a number and ABS will return the absolute value.

### Convert negative numbers in place

If you only need to convert negative numbers once, you can convert in-place with Paste Special:

- Add -1 to a cell and copy to the clipboard
- Select the negative numbers you want to convert
- Use Paste Special > Values + Multiply