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

Summary

The Excel ABS function returns the absolute value of a number. Negative numbers are converted to positive numbers, and positive numbers are unaffected.
The Abs function is a built-in function in Excel that is categorized as a Math/Trig Function.

What Does It Do ?

This function calculates the value of a number, irrespective of whether it is positive or negative.
Find the absolute value of a number.

Return value

A positive number.

Syntax

ABS function has one syntax and hence they can be written in Two different ways:

=ABS(number) or
=ABS(cell reference)

Parameters or Arguments

Number - the numeric value for which we need to calculate the Absolute value.
Cell reference: Reference to cells containing number.

Formatting

The result will be shown as a number, no special formatting is needed.

Usage notes

• For example, ABS(-50) returns a value of 50 and ABS(50) returns a value of 50, because the ABS function returns a number's distance from zero. No changes will happen to positive numbers. Only negative values are converted to positive values.
• In situations when you need to change negative number to positive numbers, the Excel ABS function is an easy solution. In other words: the ABS function removes the minus sign (-) from a negative number, making it positive.
• ABS can accept only numeric values. Anything other than numeric value the error will be #VALUE!.