ABS function

Returns the absolute value of a number. The absolute value of a number is the number without its sign.

Syntax

ABS(number)

Number     is the real number of which you want the absolute value.

Example

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Data
-4
Formula Description (Result)
=ABS(2) Absolute value of 2 (2)
=ABS(-2) Absolute value of -2 (2)
=ABS(A2) Absolute value of -4 (4)
 
 
Applies to:
Excel 2007