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How To Make The Cell Or Font Color Red If The Number Is Negative?

I'd like to make a cell change color or the cell's font change color as the
number in the cell changes from negative to positive or vice versa?

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Dim myRange As Range
Dim cell As Range
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Hopefully there's a simple function I've been missing.

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