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How To Use ABS() Function in Google Sheets


Returns the absolute value of a number.

Common questions about the ABS formula include:
1. What does the ABS formula do?
2. How do you use the ABS formula?
3. What are the syntax and parameters of the ABS formula?

The ABS formula can be used to return the absolute value of a given number. This can be useful for calculations that require absolute values.

The ABS formula can be commonly mistyped as either ABS() or ABSOLUTE().

Common ways of using the ABS formula inappropriately include using it in a range of cells, or on an array of text or numbers that are not numerical values.

Common pitfalls when using the ABS formula include forgetting to use = sign before the formula, not enclosing the argument in parentheses, not passing a numeric value as the argument, or inputting incorrect parameters.

Common mistakes when using the ABS Formula include passing a non-numeric value as the argument, not inputting the correct parameters, or accidentally typing in ABS() instead of the absolute formula.

Common misconceptions with the ABS Formula include thinking it is used only for positive numbers, or not understanding how to assign the argument.

How To Actually Use ABS() in Sheets


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