# Adding and Subtracting negative and positive numbers

## Adding and Subtracting negative and positive numbers

Having an issue when taking a negative number and misusing a positive number. I assume there is a formula. I have attached a copy of the form. Example. Cas, had a total for the month -$642.55, last week, she was in the positive by 195. the total should be

(-$642.55) - $195 =( -$447.55). Instead it is adding the two (even thought $195 is a positive number) and totaling to (-$837.55). Need a formula so that when starting with a negative number and subtracting a positive number returns a lower negative number. (as shown in illustration)

In the illustration, I manually inputed the number. Would love a formula to handle this for me!

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I'm sure this is an easy formula, but one I cannot figure out.

I have dollar values in column B - some of these totals are positive, some are negative.

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I'm using Excel 2007 and ran into a problem when creating a formula that references two cells (C8 and F8) where users will enter a negative number in each cell. So for example, the user would enter the following numbers:

Cell C8 --> -4424.872

Cell F8 --> -4278.982

To subtract both numbers I created the formula: SUM(C8-F8). But the problem is that instead of returning a negative number, the result is shown as a positive number. I'm not sure why this happening. Could someone point

Thanks for the time and expertise!

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