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How to convert negative numbers into positive numbers

Hi all,


Apologies in advance if this has been answered before.


As the subject suggests; How can I convert negative numbers into positive numbers?



Frequent Visitor

Calculate column, from negative to positive and keep positive as positive.

= each if [COLUMN] < 0 then [COLUMN] *-1 else [COLUMN] *1)

Advocate I
Advocate I

You could also highlight the column in the query editor and right click, select transform, and choose absolute value. That would give the positve number outcome you're looking for. 

Super User
Super User

@Len - You might have to wrap it in an IF statement if you want to preserve already positive numbers. 


You could also use the ABS function (absolute value)


You cold also multiple by -1, "[Column] * -1"


With ABS you could get rid of negative numbers while not impacting the positive numbers.

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Just put a "-" or a "0 -" in front. A double negative is a positive.


For instance, I have a measure that calculates lost opportunities, intended to be used on a column chart along with a net gain measure. What I want is for the loss to be a descending column below the 0 line, and the gain to be a positive column above. The basic calculation of each is a sum, so they normally both return a positive number. So my formula instead is:


Lost Opportunity = 0 - CALCULATE(

SUM(Items[Forecast Amount]) - SUM(Items[Actual]),



Items[Status] = "Cancelled"




Elsewhere I have another measure that requires the positive number version of Lost Opportunity, so:


% Lost = DIVIDE(-[Lost Opportunity], [Total Gain])


Lost Opportunity already returns a negative number, so -[Lost Opportunity] converts it back.


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