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How to Use the POWER Formula in Excel: Functions, Examples, and Writing Steps


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In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the POWER formula in excel completely.

When working with numbers in excel, we sometimes need to calculate their power for various purposes. If we use POWER to do the calculation, we can do it easily and fast.

Want to learn more about this POWER formula and how to use it optimally in excel? Read this tutorial until its last part!

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What is the POWER Formula in Excel?

POWER is an excel formula you can use to power a number. You just need to input the number you want to power and the power level to get your power calculation result.



POWER Function in Excel

You can use POWER to get the power calculation result of your number.



POWER Result

The POWER result is a number which is the power calculation result of the number you input into it.



Excel Version from Which We Can Start Using POWER

You can start using POWER in excel since excel 2003.



The Way to Write It and Its Inputs

Here is the general writing form of POWER in excel.

= POWER ( number , power_level )


And here is a bit explanation for each input you need to give when you write POWER in excel.
  • number = the number you want to power
  • power_level = the level of the power calculation you want to do to your number



Example of Its Usage and Result

Here is an implementation example of the POWER formula in excel.

How to Use the POWER Formula in Excel: Functions, Examples, and Writing Steps - Screenshot of the POWER Implementation Example

As you can see here, we just need to input our number and the power level we want to POWER. Do that and we will get the power calculation result of our number immediately!

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Writing Steps

Here is the step-by-step instruction you can use as your guide to write the POWER formula in excel.

  1. Type an equal sign ( = ) in the cell where you want to put the power calculation result of your number

    How to Use the POWER Formula in Excel: Functions, Examples, and Writing Steps - Screenshot of Step 1

  2. Type POWER (can be with large and small letters) and an open bracket sign after =

    How to Use the POWER Formula in Excel: Functions, Examples, and Writing Steps - Screenshot of Step 2

  3. Input the number you want to power or the cell coordinate of the number. Then, type a comma sign ( , )

    How to Use the POWER Formula in Excel: Functions, Examples, and Writing Steps - Screenshot of Step 3

  4. Input the power level you want for the power calculation or the cell coordinate where the power level is

    How to Use the POWER Formula in Excel: Functions, Examples, and Writing Steps - Screenshot of Step 4

  5. Type a close bracket sign

    How to Use the POWER Formula in Excel: Functions, Examples, and Writing Steps - Screenshot of Step 5

  6. Type Enter
  7. Done!

    How to Use the POWER Formula in Excel: Functions, Examples, and Writing Steps - Screenshot of Step 7




POWER Alternative: The Caret Symbol ( ^ )

Besides using POWER, you can also use the caret symbol ( ^ ) to calculate the power of your number in excel. Just type the number you want to power, a caret symbol, and the power level you want for the calculation.

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Here is the general writing form which summarizes that explanation.

= number ^ power_level


And here is the implementation example of the caret symbol method to calculate the power of some numbers.

How to Use the POWER Formula in Excel: Functions, Examples, and Writing Steps - Screenshot of the Caret Symbol Method Implementation Example to Power a Number

We use the same set of numbers we used in the POWER implementation example. If you compare these two examples, you can see that we get the same power results from both methods.

So, if you need an alternative to the POWER formula in excel, just type in a caret symbol from your keyboard!



Exercise

After you have understood how to use the POWER formula in excel, let’s do an exercise to sharpen your understanding.

Download the exercise file and do all of the instructions below. Download the answer key file when you have done the exercise and want to check your answers. Or probably if you are confused about how to get the results you need.

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Instructions

Use POWER to do each of the instructions below!
  1. Use the power level of 3 to calculate the power of the number at the top!
  2. Use the power level of 5 to calculate the power of the number at the top!
  3. Calculate the root level of 5 of the number at the top (read the additional note part if you don’t know how to calculate root by using POWER)!

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Additional Note

You can also calculate the root of a number in excel by using this POWER formula. The method to do that is by inputting 1/x as the power level of your POWER. The x here is the root level you want for the root calculation process of your number.

How to Use the POWER Formula in Excel: Functions, Examples, and Writing Steps - Screenshot of the POWER Formula Writing Example to Calculate Root

How to Use the POWER Formula in Excel: Functions, Examples, and Writing Steps - Screenshot of the POWER Root Calculation Result Example We can do that because root is the opposite of power in a number calculation process.



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