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ABS

 Number Absolute Value 10 10 =ABS(C4) -10 10 =ABS(C5) 1.25 1.25 =ABS(C6) -1.25 1.25 =ABS(C7) What Does it Do ? This function calculates the value of a number, irrespective of whether it is positive or negative. Syntax =ABS(CellAddress or Number) Formatting The result will be shown as a number, no special formatting is needed. Example The following table was used by a company testing a machine which cuts timber. The machine needs to cut timber to an exact length. Three pieces of timber were cut and then measured. In calculating the difference between the Required Length and the Actual Length it does not matter if the wood was cut too long or short, the measurement needs to be expressed as an absolute value. Table 1 shows the original calculations. The Difference for Test 3 is shown as negative, which has a knock on effect when the Error Percentage is calculated. Whether the wood was too long or short, the percentage should still be expressed as an absolute value. Table 1 Test Cut Required Length Actual Length Difference Error Percentage Test 1 120 120 0 0% Test 2 120 90 30 25% Test 3 120 150 -30 -25% =D36-E36 Table 2 shows the same data but using the =ABS() function to correct the calculations. Table 2 Test Cut Required Length Actual Length Difference Error Percentage Test 1 120 120 0 0% Test 2 120 90 30 25% Test 3 120 150 30 25% =ABS(D45-E45)