ABS function – How to get absolute value in excel

This blog explains how to get absolute value in Excel using the ABS function with syntax and examples.

How to get absolute value in Excel?

The Microsoft Excel ABS function returns the absolute value of a number.

What is an absolute value?

The absolute value represents its value without its sign.

For example:

ValueAbsolute Value

The ABS function is a built-in Math/Trig Function in Excel. It can be used as a worksheet function (WS) and a VBA function (VBA) in Excel. As a worksheet function, the ABS function can be entered as part of a formula in a cell of a worksheet. As a VBA function, you can use this function in that is entered through the Microsoft Visual Basic Editor.


The syntax for the ABS function in Microsoft Excel is:

ABS( number )

Parameters or Arguments

number – A numeric value used to calculate the absolute value.


The ABS function returns a numeric value.

Applies To

  • Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000

Type of Function

  • Worksheet function (WS)
  • VBA function (VBA)

Example (as Worksheet Function)

Let’s look at some Excel ABS function examples and explore how to use the ABS function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

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ABS Function

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Original ValueABS Function (Original Value)Formula
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Let’s try it out!

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