# Converting a Number with Minus Sign on Right to Minus on Left

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### Symptoms

When you import a worksheet into Microsoft Excel and that worksheet contains numbers with minus signs on the right (for example, 12345-), Microsoft Excel may not treat these numbers as negative numbers.

### Cause

Microsoft Excel treats these numbers as text because the minus sign appears to the right side of the number.

### Workaround

There are two ways to solve this problem:
1. Use a worksheet formula. -or-

2. Create a macro.
Use the following formula in a worksheet:
`   =IF(RIGHT(A1,1)="-","-"&LEFT(A1,LEN(A1)-1),A1)*1 `
For example, follow these steps:

1. Enter the following in a worksheet:
`      A1: 3      A2: 2-      A3: 1-      A4: 4      A5: 6- `
2. In cell B1, enter the above formula.
3. Fill the formula in B1 down to B5.
4. Select cells B1:B5 and click Copy on the Edit menu.
5. Select cell A1 and click Paste Special on the Edit menu.
6. Click Values and click OK.
7. Select B1:B5 and click Delete on the Edit menu.
Use the appropriate macro below for your version of Microsoft Excel.

NOTE: You must select the range of cells containing the values you want to change before you run the macro.

### Microsoft Excel Versions 5.0 and Later

``   Sub move_minus_left()      Dim currentcell As Object      For Each currentcell In Selection         If Right(currentcell.Value, 1) = "-" Then            currentcell.Formula = "-" & Left(currentcell.Value, _               Len(currentcell.Value) - 1)         End If      Next currentcell   End Sub``

### Microsoft Excel Versions 3.0, 4.0, and 4.0a

`   A1: =FOR.CELL("Current")   A2: =SELECT(Current)   A3: =IF(RIGHT(Current,1)="-",FORMULA("-"&LEFT(Current,LEN(Current)-1)),)   A4: =NEXT()   A5: =RETURN() `

### Microsoft Excel Versions 2.x

`   A1: Switch Minus Sign   A2: =ACTIVE.CELL()   A3: =IF(RIGHT(A2,1)="-",FORMULA("-"&LEFT(A2,LEN(A2)-1)),)   A4: =RETURN() `
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