ABS Function In Excel

This Excel Tutorial demonstrates how to use the Excel ABS Function in Excel to calculate the absolute value, with formula examples.

ABS Function Description:

The ABS Function Calculates the absolute value of a number. The absolute value is the number’s distance from zero. Example: The absolute value of -9 is 9.

Formula Examples:

abs function examples

ExampleFormulaResult
Negative=ABS(C5)5
Positive=ABS(C6)3
Zero=ABS(C7)0

Syntax and Arguments:

The Syntax for the ABS Formula is:

Function Arguments ( Inputs ):

number – A number.

Additional Notes

Use the ABS Function to calculate the absolute value of a number. Simply enter any number directly into the formula, or reference a cell containing a number.

ABS Examples in VBA

You can also use the ABS function in VBA. Type:
application.worksheetfunction.abs(number)
For the function arguments (number, etc.), you can either enter them directly into the function, or define variables to use instead.

Return to the List of all Functions in Excel

How to use the ABS Function in Excel:

To use the AND Excel Worksheet Function, type the following into a cell:
=AND(
After entering it in the cell, notice how the AND formula inputs appear below the cell:
abs formula syntax
You will need to enter these inputs into the function. The function inputs are covered in more detail in the next section. However, if you ever need more help with the function, after typing “=ABS(” into a cell, without leaving the cell, use the shortcut CTRL + A (A for Arguments) to open the “Insert Function Dialog Box” for detailed instructions:
how to use the abs function in excel

For more information about the ABS Formula visit the
Microsoft Website.

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