The Excel POWER Function

Related Function:
SQRT function

Basic Description

The Excel Power function calculates a given number, raised to a supplied power.

The syntax of the function is :

POWER( number, power )

where the number and power arguments are numerical values.

These can be supplied to the function either directly, as a value returned from another function, or as a reference to a cell containing a number.

Note that the Excel Power function is the same as using the power operator ^

ie.

POWER( 4, 2 ) is the same as 4^2


Excel Power Function Examples

The following spreadsheet shows examples of the Excel Power function. The formulas are shown in the spreadsheet on the left and the results are shown in the spreadsheet on the right.

 Formulas:
Examples of use of the Excel Power Function
 Results:
Excel Power Function Results

Further examples of the Excel Power function can be found on the Microsoft Office website.


Power Function Errors

If you get an error from the Excel Power Function, this is most likely to be the #VALUE! error:

Common Errors
#VALUE!-Occurs if either of the supplied arguments can not be interpreted as numeric values