How to Divide in Excel

 AB
1= 15 / 4 
2  
3  

In order to divide in Excel you simply 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, 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 numbers that are stored in cells, 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 likely to be the #DIV/0! error:

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