# Documentation/Calc Functions/ABS

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## Function name:

ABS

## Category:

Mathematical

## Summary:

Calculates the absolute value or modulus of a real number.

## Syntax:

ABS(**Number**)

## Returns:

Returns a non-negative, real number which is the absolute value of the real number passed as argument.

## Arguments:

**Number** is the real number, or a reference to a cell containing that number, whose absolute value is to be calculated.

- If
**Number**is non-numeric, then ABS reports a #VALUE! error.

## Additional details:

The absolute value of a number is its value without the +/- sign.
If **Number** is negative, the corresponding positive value is returned.
If **Number** is not negative, its value is returned without change.

The figure below illustrates the ABS function:

## Examples:

Formula | Description | Returns |
---|---|---|

=ABS(234.5) | Absolute value of 234.5 | 234.5 |

=ABS(D1)
where cell D1 contains the value -123 |
Absolute value of -123 | 123 |

=ABS(0) | Absolute value of 0 | 0 |

## Related LibreOffice functions:

## ODF standard:

## Related (or similar) Excel functions:

ABS