# How to Average Absolute Values in Excel

We can use **AVERAGE** function to calculate average of certain values. We can use **ABS** function to get absolute values for both positive number and negative number. If we want to get the average absolute values, we need to combine both above two functions in the formula. In this free tutorial, we will provide two formulas for you to** average absolute values.**

**Precondition:**

Prepare table below. There are some negative numbers.

**Method: Average Absolute Values by Formula**

**Step 1:** In D2 enter the formula **=AVERAGE(ABS(A2:B8))**.

**Step 2:** As it is an array formula, so press **Ctrl+Shift+Enter** to get value.

**Step 3:** If you don’t want to enter an array formula and you like apply a regular formula instead, you can enter this formula **=AVERAGE(INDEX(ABS(A2:B8),0,0))**.

**Step 4:** Just press **Enter** as usual.

We get the same result.

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