# MS Excel: ABS Function (WS, VBA)

This Excel tutorial explains how to use the Excel ABS function with syntax and examples.

## Description

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

## Syntax

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.

## Applies To

The ABS function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:

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

## Type of Excel Function

The ABS function can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following 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:

Based on the Excel spreadsheet above, the following ABS examples would return:

```=ABS(A1)
Result: 210.67

=ABS(A2)
Result: 2.9

=ABS(A3)
Result: 3

=ABS(-4.5)
Result: 4.5

=ABS(-210.67)
Result: 210.67

=ABS(5)
Result: 5

=ABS(2-10)
Result: 8```

## Example (as VBA Function)

Now, let's look at more Excel ABS examples and explore how to use the ABS function in Excel VBA code. For example:

```Dim LNumber As Double

LNumber = Abs (-210.6)```

In this example, the variable called LNumber would now contain the value of 210.6.

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