How To Use Excel ABS Function

how to use excel abs function

Quick Intro

Using Excel ABS Function will give you an absolute number. In simple words, it will convert a negative number into a positive number.

Use Excel ABS Function To Get Absolute Value

In above example, to get positive numbers I have used this function. It has just removed the negative sign from the numbers.



  • number A number or value to get a positive number of.

More Information on ABS Function

  • You can also use this absolute function as an array function.
  • You can also put the number in the function to get the positive number.
  • If specify a number which is not an integer, it will return #VALUE!.


In the below example, I have used ABS function to get absolute values against the change in the interest rate.

Excel-ABS Function To Get Absolute or Positive Number

You can use this function when a sign of the number is not so important.

Sample File

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What’s Next?

To learn more about Excel ABS Function you can check Microsoft’s Help Section. And, if you have a unique idea to use it, I would love to hear from you.

There are also you have RAND function which is highly useful like this. Apart from this, I have a list of excel functions and some real life formulas examples.