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Converting the sign of a range of numbers

August 12, 2010

When needing to change the sign of a range of numbers from negative to positive or vice versa, the following tip is one way to go about this.

  1. place a negative one (-1) in any cell and copy that cell
  2. with the copied cell on the clip board, select the range of cells to be changed (the range might be non-contiguous in which case you may select these while depressing the ‘control’ key) and then  select paste special -> multiply

This procedure multiplies the entire range by the number on the clip board which may present you with some other creative uses hereof too.

Craig Juta, Sage Accpac Intelligence consultant

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