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# Math.Abs Method (Decimal)

Visual Studio 2008

Updated: August 2010

Returns the absolute value of a Decimal number.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

## Syntax

```public static decimal Abs(
decimal value
)
```

#### Parameters

value
Type: System.Decimal

A number that is greater than or equal to Decimal.MinValue, but less than or equal to Decimal.MaxValue.

#### Return Value

Type: System.Decimal
A Decimal, x, such that 0 x Decimal.MaxValue.

## Remarks

The absolute value of a Decimal is its numeric value without its sign. For example, the absolute value of both 1.2 and -1.2 is 1.2.

## Examples

The following example uses the Abs(Decimal) method to obtain the absolute value of several Decimal values.

```decimal[] decimals = { Decimal.MaxValue, 12.45M, 0M, -19.69M,
Decimal.MinValue };
foreach (decimal value in decimals)
Console.WriteLine("Abs({0}) = {1}", value, Math.Abs(value));

// The example displays the following output:
//       Abs(79228162514264337593543950335) = 79228162514264337593543950335
//       Abs(12.45) = 12.45
//       Abs(0) = 0
//       Abs(-19.69) = 19.69
//       Abs(-79228162514264337593543950335) = 79228162514264337593543950335
```

## Platforms

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

## Version Information

#### .NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

#### .NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

#### XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

## Change History

Date

History

Reason

August 2010

Added a definition of absolute value.

Customer feedback.

October 2008

Replaced the example.

Customer feedback.

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