#### How do I get absolute values for a range of cells?

```I various spreadsheets with a mixture of positive and negative numbers.  I
would like to make them absolute values.  I believe a macro would be
necessary.
```
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Terry (158)
3/2/2005 3:41:05 PM
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```Hi Terry

i've just tried this on a SMALL data set - so you might like to test it a
bit more thoroughly before believing in it ... but i selected the range i
wanted to convert to positive values and did
edit / replace
find what:  -
replace with: <<leave blank>>

clicked Replace All

seemed to work.

Cheers
julieD

"Terry" <Terry@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:6F41A1F8-1E8C-4643-92B4-8CD2971BF3B0@microsoft.com...
>I various spreadsheets with a mixture of positive and negative numbers.  I
> would like to make them absolute values.  I believe a macro would be
> necessary.

```
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JulieD1 (2295)
3/2/2005 3:46:49 PM
```Not really, you could use a help column and a simple formula

=IF(A1<0,A1*-1,A1)

copy down/across and then copy and paste special as values,
now you could replace the originals with the help column

--

Regards,

Peo Sjoblom

"Terry" <Terry@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:6F41A1F8-1E8C-4643-92B4-8CD2971BF3B0@microsoft.com...
> I various spreadsheets with a mixture of positive and negative numbers.  I
> would like to make them absolute values.  I believe a macro would be
> necessary.

```
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terre081 (3244)
3/2/2005 3:52:19 PM
```It's also possible by way of the ABS() function, which returns the
absolute value of whatever is between the brackets (cell reference,
etc).  Would it be easier to use a formula than write and maintain a
macro?

```
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CycleZen (674)
3/2/2005 3:54:26 PM

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