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MS Excel: ABS Function (WS, VBA)

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


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


The syntax for the ABS function in Microsoft Excel is:

ABS( number )

Parameters or Arguments

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 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:

Microsoft Excel

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

Result: 210.67

Result: 2.9

Result: 3

Result: 4.5

Result: 210.67

Result: 5

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.