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How To Use SIGN() Function in Google Sheets


Given an input number, returns `-1` if it is negative, `1` if positive, and `0` if it is zero.

Common questions about the SIGN formula include:
1. What does the SIGN formula do?
2. How is the SIGN formula used in Google Sheets?
3. How do I enter the SIGN formula in Google Sheets?
4. Is it necessary to add arguments to the SIGN Formula?

The SIGN formula can be used appropriately to return a numerical value representing the sign of a given number. The number must be a numeric value, and an argument should not be added to the formula for it to work correctly.

The formula can be commonly mistyped as
“SIGN” instead of “SIGN”, or forgetting to add the number argument after the formula.

Common ways the SIGN formula is used inappropriately include using non-numerical values in the argument, adding unnecessary arguments, and forgetting to type the correct number of brackets for the formula.

Common pitfalls when using the SIGN formula include not specifying the number argument, incorrect data types in the number argument, and not checking the output for the sign.

Common mistakes when using the SIGN Formula include forgetting to add the argument after the formula, using an incorrect number argument, and mistyping the formula name.

Common misconceptions people might have with the SIGN Formula include believing that the formula works with text values, not understanding the difference between the SIGN Formula and the ABS Formula, and thinking that it is necessary to add arguments to the SIGN Formula.

How To Actually Use SIGN() in Sheets


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