# Documentation/Calc Functions/ABS

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## Function name:

ABS

## Category:

Mathematical

## Summary:

Returns the absolute value of a real number.

## Syntax:

ABS(**Number**)

## Returns:

A non-negative, real value.

## Arguments:

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

## 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 GIF below illustrates the ABS function:

## Examples:

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

=ABS(20) | Absolute value of 20 | 20 |

=ABS(-2) | Absolute value of -2 | 2 |

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

## Related LibreOffice functions:

## ODF standard:

Section 6.16.2, part 2, ODF 1.2.

## Equivalent Excel functions:

ABS