Operators

The operators that can be used in Excel formulas span the entire range of commonly used symbols. These operators are listed in this section, with the most frequently used described first.

Arithmetic Operators

Arithmetic operators are used for basic calculations and return numeric values. Table 3-1 lists the arithmetic operators used in Excel formulas.

Table 3-1. Arithmetic Operators in Excel Formulas

Operator

Operation

Example Formula

Result

+

Addition

=15+13

28

Subtraction

=104–74

30

/

Division

=42/3

14

*

Multiplication

=5*8

40

^

Exponentiation

=2^8

256

%

Division by one hundred (percent)[a]

=140%

1.4

[a] Like algebraic signs, the percent sign is also an operator.

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