SIGN function

Determines the sign of a number. Returns 1 if the number is positive, zero (0) if the number is 0, and -1 if the number is negative.

Syntax

SIGN(number)

Number     is any real number.

Example

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Formula Description (Result)
=SIGN(10) Sign of a positive number (1)
=SIGN(4-4) Sign of zero (0)
=SIGN(-0.00001) Sign of a negative number (-1)
 
 
Applies to:
Excel 2007