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How to Use the Absolute Value Shortcut in Excel

If you work with numbers in Excel, you may find yourself needing to take the absolute value of a number on occasion. The absolute value of a number is the number's distance from zero on a number line. In other words, it is the number's magnitude without regard to its sign. For example, the absolute value of both -5 and 5 is 5.

You can take the absolute value of a number in Excel using the ABS function. ABS is a built-in function in Excel that returns the absolute value of a number. The syntax for the ABS function is as follows:

=ABS(number)

where "number" is the number for which you want to take the absolute value. For example, to take the absolute value of -5, you would use the following formula:

=ABS(-5)

You can also use the ABS function to take the absolute value of a cell reference. For example, if cell A1 contains the value -5, you could use the following formula to take the absolute value of the contents of cell A1:

=ABS(A1)

If you want to take the absolute value of a range of cells, you can use the ABS function with the cell range reference. For example, if cells A1:A5 contain the values -5, -4, -3, -2, and -1, respectively, you could use the following formula to take the absolute value of the entire range:

=ABS(A1:A5)

You can also use the shortcut method to take the absolute value of a number in Excel. To do this, simply select the cell containing the number for which you want to take the absolute value and press the F4 key on your keyboard. This will add the absolute value operator, which is the pipe character (|), to the beginning and end of the number. For example, if cell A1 contains the value -5, pressing the F4 key will change the value to |-5|. The result of this is 5, which is the absolute value of -5.

You can also use the shortcut method to take the absolute value of a cell reference. For example, if cell A1 contains the value -5, you could press the F4 key to change the cell reference to |A1|. The result of this is 5, which is the absolute value of the contents of cell A1.

If you want to take the absolute value of a range of cells, you can use the shortcut method with the cell range reference. For example, if cells A1:A5 contain the values -5, -4, -3, -2, and -1, respectively, you could press the F4 key to change the cell reference to |A1:A5|. The result of this is 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1, which are the absolute values of the respective cells.

You can also use the shortcut method to take the absolute value of a number in Excel by selecting the cell containing the number and pressing the CTRL+SHIFT+7 keys on your keyboard. This will add the absolute value operator, which is the pipe character (|), to the beginning and end of the number. For example, if cell A1 contains the value -5, pressing CTRL+SHIFT+7 will change the value to |-5|. The result of this is 5, which is the absolute value of -5.

You can also use the shortcut method to take the absolute value of a cell reference. For example, if cell A1 contains the value -5, you could press CTRL+SHIFT+7 to change the cell reference to |A1|. The result of this is 5, which is the absolute value of the contents of cell A1.

If you want to take the absolute value of a range of cells, you can use the shortcut method with the cell range reference. For example, if cells A1:A5 contain the values -5, -4, -3, -2, and -1, respectively, you could press CTRL+SHIFT+7 to change the cell reference to |A1:A5|. The result of this is 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1, which are the absolute values of the respective cells.

You can also use the shortcut method to take the absolute value of a number in Excel by selecting the cell containing the number and pressing the CTRL+SHIFT+A keys on your keyboard. This will add the absolute value operator, which is the pipe character (|), to the beginning and end of the number. For example, if cell A1 contains the value -5, pressing CTRL+SHIFT+A will change the value to |-5|. The result of this is 5, which is the absolute value of -5.

You can also use the shortcut method to take the absolute value of a cell reference. For example, if cell A1 contains the value -5, you could press CTRL+SHIFT+A to change the cell reference to |A1|. The result of this is 5, which is the absolute value of the contents of cell A1.

If you want to take the absolute value of a range of cells, you can use the shortcut method with the cell range reference. For example, if cells A1:A5 contain the values -5, -4, -3, -2, and -1, respectively, you could press CTRL+SHIFT+A to change the cell reference to |A1:A5|. The result of this is 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1, which are the absolute values of the respective cells.

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