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Using the Absolute Value Shortcut in Excel: A Quick Guide

To use the absolute value shortcut in Excel, follow these steps:

  1. Type the formula that contains a reference to the cell you want to find the absolute value of. For example, if you want to find the absolute value of cell A1, you would type "=ABS(A1)" (without the quotes) in the formula bar.

  2. With the cursor still in the cell reference (in this example, A1), press the F4 key on your keyboard. This will add the dollar signs ($) to the cell reference to make it an absolute reference. Alternatively, you can manually add the dollar signs before the column and/or row reference.

  3. Press Enter on your keyboard to complete the formula. The cell will now display the absolute value of the original cell reference.

Using the absolute value shortcut can be useful when you want to ignore the negative sign of a number and work with its absolute magnitude. By making the cell reference absolute, you can copy the formula to other cells without changing the reference and thus find the absolute value of other cells as well.

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