Exponents in Excel

In this article, we will learn to get exponents in Excel.

In simple words, the exponent of a number is, the number of times the number gets multiplied.

= 23  (In Mathematics) = 8

= 2 ^ 3 (In Excel) =  8

There are 2 ways to multiply numbers in Excel.

  1. Use the Caret character ( ^)
  2. Excel POWER function

Let's learn about them one by one:

Caret ( ^ ) sign is used to indicate the exponent of a number. To use this method first start with equals ( = ) sign  and then use the caret ( ^ ) sign between the numbers and exponent (power).

As shown in the above snapshot, the 2 Power of 5 comes out to be 25, which is 5 x 5.

The second method is using the Excel mathematical formula, The POWER function.

The POWER function calculates the power of a number.


=POWER ( number, power)

As you can see from the above snapshot that POWER function returns the same result as the excel exponent character ( ^ ) does.


  1. The function returns the error if the argument to the function is non numeric.

Hope this article about how to Exponents in Excel is explanatory. Find more articles on SUMPRODUCT functions here. Please share your query below in the comment box. We will assist you.

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