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Excel ABS function

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2019-07-09

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Syntax and Arguments

Usage and Examples


The ABS function returns the absolute value of a number. Negative numbers will be converted to positive with this function, but positive numbers and zero number will be unaffected.

Syntax and arguments

Formula syntax



  • Number: Required. The number whose absolute value you want to get.

Return Value

The ABS function returns the absolute value of the given number.

Usage and Examples

In this section, I provide some practical applications for using the ABS function in Excel.

Example 1: Get the absolute value of numbers (convert negative numbers to positive numbers)



Explain: Convert the number in A2 to absolute value (positive value).

You can drag the fill handle down to the cells which you want to apply this formula.
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Example 2: Get sun/average of absolute value in Excel

Get the absolute sum of numbers in a range.

Array formula syntax:


Press Shift + Ctrl + Enter keys at the same time to get the correct calculation

Take getting absolute sum of numbers in A2:A7 as instance, enter formula


And press Shift + Ctrl + Enter keys simultaneously to get the correct result.
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1. you also can use this formula =SUMPRODUCT(ABS(A2:A7)) and press the Enter key to get absolute sum.

2. If you want to get absolute average value of numbers in a range, use this array formula
and press Shift + Ctrl + Enter keys simultaneously.

Example 3: Get absolute difference between numbers/dates in Excel

Formula Syntax



Number1, number2: Required. The two numbers whose absolute difference you want to get.

Take below screenshot for instance:

Calculate the absolute difference of A2 and B2, use this formula

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Tip: if you want to calculate the absolute difference between two times, use =ABS(number1-number2), and format the results to time.

Sample File
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