Offset Formula in Microsoft Excel

In this article we will learn about how to use Offset function in Microsoft Excel.

One of the rows

- How many rows you want to move the starting point and both of these can be positive, negative or zero.

Height and Width: - This is the size of the range you want to return.

Let’s take an example to understand the Offset function how works in excel.

We have data in range A1:D10. Column A contains Product Code, Column B contains Quantity, column C contains per product cost and column D contains Total cost. We want to return the value of cell C5 in cell E2.


Follow below mentioned steps.

  • Select the cell E2 and write the formula.
  • =OFFSET(A1,4,2,1,1) press enter.
  • The function will return the value of cell C5.


Use the Offset function along with Sum function

Follow below mentioned steps:-

  • Select the cell E3 and write the formula.
  • =SUM(OFFSET(A1,5,1,1,2))press enter.


  • The function will return the sum of Cell B6+C6 = 1309.


Note: Before you insert the offset function (without having to calculate totals) to return to a range, select a category of the same size if you specify rows a cell or range of cells above or to the left is the number of columns that want to come back, enter a negative number.

This is all about the Offset function and its uses in Microsoft Excel 2010 and 2013.



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