In this article, we will learn How to eliminate negative values in Excel.

**Scenario:**

Working with numbers in excel is easy. You don't need to quote it anywhere. All currency, percentage, date, time and fraction values are interpreted as numbers in excel. But sometimes negative numbers can give headaches when seen in data. For example If the start date is greater than the end date, the function returns the number of days with a negative sign. But we know date values cannot be negative. But excel doesn't understand this. So we use a formula to remove negative values (value<0) with either 0 or empty cells.

**MAX formula to remove negative values**

MAX function returns the maximum of the value given as arguments. So we use MAX function where the difference of the two returns a negative value and the other argument is 0. So eventually the maximum of negative value and 0 will be the 0 value.

MAX formula

=MAX(difference, 0) |

difference : formula which returns negative values

0 : if the difference returns negative, this value (0) will be displayed.

**Example :**

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have some value to run the formula over some data. So first we use the MAX formula to remove negative values.

**Use the formula:**

=MAX(B4-A4, 0) |

As you can see the formula returns 0 wherever negative values are expected. But what if the data already has 0 value and now you need to differentiate between actual 0 value and this formula returned 0 value. Then in that case we cannot use the MAX function as MAX function can only return number value. So in that scenario we use IF function to replace negative with any value you like.

**IF formula to remove negative values**

IF function is a conditional formula. You can use whenever you have a certain condition to satisfy here the problem is if the dataset has already 0 values then you cannot replace negative values with 0 or any other number, then we switch to IF function. The IF function just takes the formula and checks if the formula returns a negative value ( value < 0 ) and returns a predefined value whenever negative value occurs.

MAX formula

=IF(difference<0, "", difference) |

difference : formula which returns negative values

"" : empty cell (no value between quotes). The function returns this value ("") if the difference returns negative value

**Example**

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have some value to run the formula over some data. So Now we use the IF formula to remove negative values.

**Use the formula:**

=IF(B5-A5<0,"",B5-A5) |

As you can see the formula returns an empty cell wherever negative value is expected. You can use this formula to replace negative values with any custom value.

Here are all the observational notes using the formula in Excel

**Notes :**

- MAX formula doesn't return text value. Use IF formula if you need to replace negative values with text values.
- Check the validation of date values if the function returns #VALUE! Error.
- If the start date and end date is the same date and that date is working, the function returns 1.
- If the start date or end date is out of range, then function returns #NUM! Error.
- Arguments must be given as array reference, not the individual dates separated using commas, the function throws too many arguments error.
- Excel stores dates as serial numbers and is used in calculation by the function. So it’s recommended to use dates as cell reference or using the DATE function instead of giving direct argument to the function.

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