A formula is an expression, which tells Excel what to do in a selected cell. A cell in Excel is an individual rectangle that belongs to a column and a row.

A column is a group of cell in a vertical order, while a row is horizontal.

When making a formula in Excel, make sure to know where the cell of the number you desire to be calculated is located; the column (A, B, C, D,…) and then the row (1, 2, 3, 4,…). (example: A1)

Excel uses common operators:

**+** for addition

**-** for subtraction

***** for multiplication, and

**/** for division

Excel also calculates in order -- meaning, it knows to calculate formulas inside the parenthesis first.

Here is a video to help you get started on the basics of making a formula in Excel:

To create a formula in Excel

1. Select a cell where you want Excel to calculate you formula.

2. Type the equal sign (=) to tell Excel that you are entering a formula.

3. Type your formula.

4. Like previously mentioned, Excel recognizes the order of operations. It prioritizes operations inside the parentheses.

One alternative to creating a formula is by selecting the cells where the numbers you desire are located.

1. Select a cell where you want Excel to calculate your formula.

2. Type the equal sign (=)

3. Instead of typing, simply select the cells (ex: select A1, add an operator and select A2)

Another alternative is by using the function button Excel provides.

1. Press the button and a pop-up window will show up.

2. Select your desired operation, and Excel will calculate it for you.

Hope you learned something, have a good day!