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How to sum the absolute values in Excel?

Supposing you have a list of data which contains both positive numbers and negatives, and now you want to sum their absolute values which means all the negatives will be calculated as positives. For example, you want 10+(-10) would be 20 instead of 0. Are there any quick tricks to help you calculate the absolute values in Excel?

Sum the absolute values with formulas

Sum the absolute values by changing all negative numbers to positive in Excel

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Here are some cute formulas for you to sum the absolute values, please look at this:

Formula 1: SUMIF() function:

With the following two SUMIF functions, you can quickly calculate the sum of the absolute values, do as this:

1. In a blank cell which you want to put the result, enter this formula =SUMIF(A2:A11,">0") - SUMIF(A2:A11,"<0") or =SUM(SUMIF(A2:A11,{">0","<0"})*{1,-1}), and press the Enter key. See screenshots:

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Formula 2: SUMPRODUCT() function

This Sumproduct formula also can do a favor for you, please type the following formula: =SUMPRODUCT(ABS(A2:A11)), and press Enter key, then you will get the sum of the absolute values that you need.

Formula 3: SUM() Array Formula:

If you are interested in the array formula, I can talk about this Sum array formula. Please enter this: =SUM(ABS(A2:A11)) formula, and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys, which signifies this is an array formula, after pressing the keys, the result will be displayed and you'll see braces around the formula in the Formula bar: {=SUM(ABS(A2:A11))}.

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Apart from formulas, we can change all negative numbers to positive ones and then sum up these numbers. And you can apply Kutools for Excel's Change Sign of Values utility to get it done with ease.

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1. Select a blank cell below the numbers whose absolute values you will add, type the formula =SUM(A2:A14) (A2:A14 is the number cells whose absolute values you will sum) into it, and press the Enter key. See screenshot:

2. Select these number cells (A2:A14 in our case), and click Kutools > Content > Change Sign of Values. See screenshot above.

3. In the opening Change Sign of Values dialog box, please check the Change all negative values to positive option, and click the Ok button.

And now all negative values are converted to positive values, and the summing result changes automatically. See screenshot below:

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    Gerard Veneman · 4 years ago
    There's another method. You could use a macro-function too. A macro function is entered holding CTRL+SHIFT while pressing ENTER. The formula needed for the examples showed above is:


    You should not type the accolades { and }. They will appear automatically when you hold the CTRL and SHIFT keys while pressing ENTER. Excel uses this to indicate the formula is a macro-formula.