Excel allows us to get an absolute value of a number, by using the **ABS** function. The ABS function converts a negative number to a positive This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in getting an absolute value of a number.

*Figure 1. The result of the ABS function*

**Syntax of the ABS Formula**

The generic formula for the ABS function is:

**=ABS(number)**

The parameters of the ABS function are:

**number**– a number which we want to convert from negative to positive.

**Setting up Our Data for the ABS Function**

In column B (“Number”), we have the list of numbers and in column C (“Absolute number”), we want to get an absolute value for the numbers.

* Figure 2. Data that we will use in the ABS example*

**Get an Absolute Value for a Number**

In our example, we want to get absolute values for numbers from column B in column C.

The formula in the cell C3 is:

**=ABS(B3)**

The parameter **number **is the cell B3.

To apply the ABS function, we need to follow these steps:

- Select cell C3 and click on it
- Insert the formula:
`=ABS(B3)`

- Press enter
- Drag the formula down to the other cells in the column by clicking and dragging the little “+” icon at the bottom-right of the cell.

*Figure 3. Using the ABS function*

As you can see, the value from B3 (-123) is converted to its absolute value (123).

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