# Creating Simple Formulas

When using formulas in Excel you can add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Use simple Excel formulas to also make cell references in Excel.

### Creating simple division formulas

Creating division formulas is similar to the addition, subtraction, and multiplication formulas. To **divide** the contents of cell B2 by cell B3, you would need to insert a division operator, or /, between them: =B2/B3.

#### To create a simple formula that divides one cell by another:

- Type the numbers you want to calculate in separate cells (for example, type 128 in cell B2 and 345 in cell B3).
- Click the cell where the answer will appear (B4, for example).
- Type the equals sign (=) to let Excel know a formula is being defined.
- Click the
**first cell** to be included in the formula (B2, for example). - Type a
**mathematical operator** (the division symbol, or /). The operator displays in the cell and Formula bar. - Click the
**next cell** in the formula (B3, for example). - If you include multiple cells in the formula, repeat steps 4 and 5 until the entire formula is entered.
- Press
**Enter**, or click the **Enter button** on the Formula bar. This step ends the formula.