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Excel Guide

How to Multiply Cells in Excel: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you frequently work with spreadsheets, you'll likely need to perform multiplication operations in Excel. Whether you're multiplying two cells, a range of cells, or entire columns or rows of data, Excel provides easy ways to accomplish these tasks.

How to Multiply Two Cells in Excel

The fundamental multiplication operation involves two cells. To achieve this:

  1. Type =C1*C2 into any cell, where C1 and C2 are the cells you want to multiply.
  2. For example, to multiply the contents of cells A1 and B1, you would type =A1*B1.

How to Multiply a Range of Cells in Excel

You can multiply a range of cells using the SUMPRODUCT function:

  1. Type =SUMPRODUCT(C1:C5) into any cell, where C1:C5 is the range of cells you want to multiply.
  2. For instance, to multiply the contents of cells A1 through A5, you would type =SUMPRODUCT(A1:A5).

How to Multiply an Entire Column or Row of Data in Excel

To multiply an entire column or row, use the AutoFill feature:

  1. Type =C1*C2 into the first cell of the column or row, where C1 and C2 are the cells you want to multiply.
  2. Select the cell where you typed the formula and the cell you want to multiply it by.
  3. Click the AutoFill button in the Home tab of the Ribbon.
  4. Excel will automatically fill in the formula for the rest of the column or row.

How to Multiply Two Columns or Rows of Data in Excel

Multiplying two columns or rows follows a similar process:

  1. Type =PRODUCT(C1:C5) into the first cell of the column or row, where C1:C5 is the range of cells you want to multiply.
  2. Select the cell where you typed the formula and the cell you want to multiply it by.
  3. Click the AutoFill button in the Home tab of the Ribbon.
  4. Excel will automatically fill in the formula for the rest of the column or row.

How to Multiply Two Entire Columns or Rows of Data in Excel

To multiply two entire columns or rows, you can use the AutoFill feature:

  1. Type =C1*C2 into the first cell of the first column or row, where C1 and C2 are the cells you want to multiply.
  2. Select the cell where you typed the formula and the cell you want to multiply it by.
  3. Click the AutoFill button in the Home tab of the Ribbon.
  4. Excel will automatically fill in the formula for the rest of the column or row.

Mastering these multiplication techniques in Excel will enhance your efficiency when working with numerical data in spreadsheets.