# ABS

Returns the absolute value of a number.

## Syntax

```
ABS(<number>)
```

### Parameters

Term | Definition |
---|---|

number | The number for which you want the absolute value. |

## Return value

A decimal number.

## Remarks

The absolute value of a number is a decimal number, whole or decimal, without its sign. You can use the ABS function to ensure that only non-negative numbers are returned from expressions when nested in functions that require a positive number.

## Example

The following example returns the absolute value of the difference between the list price and the dealer price, which you might use in a new calculated column, **DealerMarkup**.

```
=ABS([DealerPrice]-[ListPrice])
```