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ABS function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation

What is ABS function in Excel? ABS function is one of the Math and Trig functions in Microsoft Excel that returns the absolute value of a number. The absolute value of a number is the number without its sign. Syntax of ABS function ABS(number) The ABS function syntax has the following arguments: Number: The real number of which you want the…

Change negative numbers to positive in Excel

To change negative numbers to positive and leave positive numbers along (i.e. get absolute values) use the built-in ABS function. See illustration below: Formula =ABS(number) Explanation In the example shown the formula in C6 is: =ABS(B6) How this formula works The ABS function is fully automatic. All you need to do is supply a number and ABS will return the…

Round a number to n significant digits in Excel

This tutorials shows how to Round a number to n significant digits in Excel. If you need to round a number to a given (variable) number of specified digits or figures, you can do so with an elegant formula that uses the ROUND and LOG10 functions. Formula =ROUND(number,digits-(1+INT(LOG10(ABS(number))))) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in D6 is as follows:…

Find closest match in Excel

This tutorial shows how to Find closest match in Excel using the example below; Formula {=INDEX(data,MATCH(MIN(ABS(data-value)),ABS(data-value),0))} Explanation To find the closest match with a lookup value and numeric data, you can use an array formula based the INDEX, MATCH, ABS and MIN functions. In the example shown, the formula in E5 is: {=INDEX(data,MATCH(MIN(ABS(data-E4)),ABS(data-E4),0))} where “data” is the named range B5:B14, and E4…

Find Closest Match in Excel Using INDEX, MATCH, ABS and MIN functions

To find the closest match to a target value in a data column, use the INDEX, MATCH, ABS and the MIN function in Excel. Use the VLOOKUP function in Excel to find an approximate match. 1. The ABS function in Excel returns the absolute value of a number. Explanation: C3-F2 equals -39. The ABS function removes the minus sign (-) from a negative number, making it positive.…

Excel ABS function Example

The ABS function in Excel returns the absolute value of a number. In other words: the ABS function removes the minus sign (-) from a negative number, making it positive. 1. For example, the ABS function in cell B1 below returns the absolute value of a negative number. The ABS function has no effect on 0 (zero) or positive numbers. 2. The absolute value…