Quick Tip – Flip Numbers From + To – (Or Vice Versa)
I was working with some budget stuff today and wanted to forecast that a range of accounts would be written off. I had a forecast that showed the projected transactions monthly, (all zeros as the projects have been discontinued,) and the projected year-end balance. So I basically wanted to take the projected year-end balances, flip them from positive to negative and stuff them in the July transaction column. Here’s how:
- Copy the range of numbers
- Right click the destination and choose PasteSpecial
- Select Values and Subtract:
Now interestingly enough, if there are values in the cells, it overwrites them. If there are formulas in the cells, it subtracts them from the formulas. Kind of odd that it isn’t consistent.
(And of course, if you subtract a negative number, it turns into a positive too.)
Originally Posted by ruve1k
Yep, you’re absolutely correct. I had a base of zero in the cell, so it subtracted from zero. (Could have sworn I tested it before I posted and it overwrote though. Just tested again to be sure and you are correct!)
Originally Posted by brettdj
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