How do I Divide in Excel?
We’ve covered multiplication and subtraction in previous tutorials and videos, but how do we divide in Excel? This is another commonly searched-for question on Google, and the technique is the same in Excel as it is in Google Sheets. Once you’re familiar with this technique you will have a much better understanding of how Excel works.
So let’s start off with a very simple calculation; 4 ÷ 2. The number 4 is in cell A1, and number 2 is in cell A2:
To begin with, you need to understand that division in Excel is a kind of formula, and whenever you type a formula in Excel you must begin it with the equals symbol =, and the formula is after the equals sign. Secondly, you need to know that the symbol for divide in Excel is not ÷, it is / (the forward-slash symbol). So if we want the answer to this sum to be in cell A3, we click in cell A3 and type:
and then press ENTER on your keyboard:
After you’ve pressed enter, the result of the calculation will be in cell A3:
So in effect, we have said to Excel “in cell A3, calculate the answer to what’s in cell A1, divided by what’s in cell A2”
Another way of dividing in Excel:
A more direct way of doing this is to “hard code” in the numbers into the cell – that might sound complicated but in fact it is even more simple than the above method. Let’s take the exact same calculation of 4 ÷ 2. Simply click in any cell, and type in
(remembering to start your formula with an equals sign) =
Press ENTER on your keyboard, and you’ll see the result of the calculation in the cell:
Once you get the hang of these two methods, you’ll be performing all kinds of calculations in Excel and Google Sheets. Try replacing the forward slash symbol / with + for addition, – for subtract, or * (star) for multiply.