In this Excel lesson you will teach yourself how to use exponents.

Exponent means how many times the number will be multiplied by itself. For example 103 (10 to the 3rd power) equals 10 * 10 * 10 which is 1 000.

The power of exponent in Excel is a carot symbol (SHIFT + 6 keyboard shortcut) which is ^. So you will write 10 to the 3rd power in Excel by 10^3.


In cell you can just write =10^3.

Exponents.carot the simpliest example

Of course there is a possibility to use cell's address like =10^A2

Exponents carot and cell address

Also =A1^3 is possible.

Exponents.cell address and carot

And =A1^A2 as well.

Exponents.using cell address

Excel offers POWER function for exponents calculations. Write =POWER(10,3) to calculate our example.

Exponents.power function

You can use carot or POWER function. Choose one which you prefer. Maths is much easier with Excel.