MS Excel: ABS Function (WS, VBA)
Learn 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 Microsoft Excel ABS function is:
ABS( number )
Parameters or Arguments
number is a numeric value.
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:
Based on the spreadsheet above, the following Excel ABS examples would return:
|=ABS(A1)||would return 210.67|
|=ABS(A2)||would return 2.9|
|=ABS(A3)||would return 3|
|=ABS(-4.5)||would return 4.5|
|=ABS(-210.67)||would return 210.67|
|=ABS(5)||would return 5|
|=ABS(2-10)||would return 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.