Creating Simple Formulas

When using formulas in Excel XP 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 creating addition, subtraction, and multiplication formulas. To divide the contents of cell B2 by cell B3, you would need to insert a division operator between them: =B2/B3.

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

Simple Division Formula

  • 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 (in this case, the division symbol /). The operator displays in the cell and in the 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 to complete the formula.