How to Divide in Excel

Using the Excel / Operator

 AB
1= 15 / 4 
2  
3  

The simplest way to divide in Excel is to use the / operator. An example of this is shown in the above spreadsheet on the right. This formula consists of the = sign followed by two numbers that are separated by the / operator.

This simple Excel division formula divides the number 15 by the number 4, and returns the result 3.75.


As with all Excel formulas, instead of typing numbers directly into the division formula, you can use references to cells containing numeric values.

 AB
1= B1 / B215
2 4
3  

An example of how to divide in Excel, using cell references, is shown in cell A1 of the above spreadsheet on the right. This division formula divides the number in cell B1 by the number in cell B2.

Again, the formula returns the value 3.75.


Division Error

If you get an error from your Excel division formula, this is most likely to be the #DIV/0! error:

Common Error
#DIV/0!-Produced if you attempt to divide by 0.