# How to Sum Absolute Value in Excel: 6 Easy Ways

We will consider a simple dataset that contains both negative and positive numbers.

### Method 1 – Use the ABS Function Inside the SUM Function to Sum Absolute Values

Steps:

• Add a new row in the dataset to calculate the sum.

• Use the following formula on cell B12.
`=SUM(ABS(B5:B9))`

• Press Enter to get the result.

The ABS function returns the absolute value of the selected range. The SUM function adds all the absolute values.

### Method 2 – Get the Absolute Value of the Sum Result Using SUM Inside ABS Function

Steps:

• Go to cell B12 and put the following formula there.
`=ABS(SUM(B5:B9))`

• Press Enter to get the result.

### Method 3 – Combination of Two SUMIF Functions to Sum Absolute Values

Steps:

• Use this formula at cell B12.
`=SUMIF(B5:B9,">0")-SUMIF(B5:B9,"<0")`

• Press Enter.

### Method 4 – Combination of SUM and SUMIF Functions to Sum Absolute Values

Steps:

• Write the following formula on cell B12.
`=SUM(SUMIF(B5:B9,{">0","<0"})*{1,-1})`

• Press Enter.

### Method 5 – Get the Absolute Value of a Sum for Specific Values Using SUMIF and ABS Functions

Steps:

• We have 2 lists of numbers on the dataset.

We will apply a condition within the SUMIF function: the sum of the positive numbers from list 1. From list 2, we will sum the negative numbers. We’ll add both results and apply ABS operation on the previous result.

• Use the following formula in cell C11.
`=ABS(SUMIF(B5:B9,">0")+SUMIF(C5:C9,"<0"))`

Here, >0 is applied for positive numbers and <0 for negative numbers.

• Press Enter.

### Method 6 – Sum Absolute Values with a Function in Excel VBA

Steps:

• Right-click on the sheet name at the bottom.
• Choose the View Code option from the Context Menu.

• The VBA window appears.
• Choose the Module option from the Insert tab.

• Use the following VBA code on the VBA module and save it.
``````Function ABS_SUM(range_1 As Range) As Double
Dim sum_1 As Double
Dim cell_1 As Range
Result = 0
On Error GoTo Done
For Each cell_1 In range_1
sum_1 = sum_1 + Abs(cell_1)
Next cell_1
Done:
ABS_SUM = sum_1
End Function``````

• Go to cell B12.

• Insert the following formula:
`=ABS_SUM(B5:B9)`

• Press Enter.

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