# Math.Abs Method (Int16)

Silverlight

Updated: September 2010

Returns the absolute value of a 16-bit signed integer.

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

## Syntax

```public static short Abs(
short value
)
```

#### Parameters

value
Type: System.Int16
A number that is greater than Int16.MinValue, but less than or equal to Int16.MaxValue.

#### Return Value

Type: System.Int16
A 16-bit signed integer, x, such that 0 x Int16.MaxValue.

## Exceptions

ExceptionCondition
OverflowException

value equals Int16.MinValue.

## Remarks

The absolute value of an Int16 is its numeric value without its sign. For example, the absolute value of both 123 and -123 is 123.

## Examples

The following example uses the Math.Abs(Int16) method to get the absolute value of several Int16 values.

```
short[] values = { Int16.MaxValue, 10328, 0, -1476, Int16.MinValue };
foreach (short value in values)
{
try
{
outputBlock.Text += String.Format("Abs({0}) = {1}", value, Math.Abs(value)) + "\n";
}
catch (OverflowException)
{
outputBlock.Text += String.Format("Unable to calculate the absolute value of {0}.",
value) + "\n";
}
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       Abs(32767) = 32767
//       Abs(10328) = 10328
//       Abs(0) = 0
//       Abs(-1476) = 1476
//       Unable to calculate the absolute value of -32768.

```

## Version Information

#### Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

#### Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

#### XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

## Platforms

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

## Change History

Date

History

Reason

September 2010

Added a definition of absolute value.

Customer feedback.