Multiplication in Excel

In this article, we will learn to Multiplication in Excel in Excel.

In simple words, the product of two or more numbers is the SUM of the number of times the other number. 

= 2 x 3  (In Mathematics) = 6
= 2 * 3 (In Excel) = 6  

There are 3 ways to multiply numbers in Excel.

  1. Use the multiply character ( * )
  2. Excel PRODUCT function
  3. Excel SUMPRODUCT function

Let's learn about them one by one:

Asterisk ( * ) sign is used to multiply numbers same as in mathematics multiply sign does. To use this method first start with equals ( = ) sign  and then use the asterisk ( * ) sign between every number, to multiply.

As shown in the above gif that 8 times into 8 times into 8 times 8 is equal to 4096.

Second method is using the Excel mathematical formula, The PRODUCT function

The PRODUCT function is a mathematical operator function which multiplies the numbers. PRODUCT function excel returns product of all cell values taken in as arguments.


= PRODUCT (number1, [number2], ...)

As you can see from the above snapshot that product function returns the same result as the excel Multiply character ( * ) does.

Now we will see the third method which is the SUMPRODUCT function which first takes the product and then returns the SUM.

SUMPRODUCT function is a mathematical function in Excel. It operates on multiple ranges. It multiplies the corresponding arrays and then adds them.

Total= ( A1 * B1 * C1 * .. + A2 * B2 * C2 * ..  + …)


= SUMPRODUCT (array1, [array2], ...)

As you can see from the snapshot that we got the total Price for the data without calculating in individual rows.


  1. The SUMPRODUCT function considers non - numeric values as 0s.
  2. The SUMPRODUCT function considers logic value TRUE as 1 and False as 0.
  3. The argument array must be of same length else the function returns error.

Hope this article about how to Multiplication in Excel 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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