Indeed, Microsoft Excel is a highly effective program. We can execute continuous operations on a given dataset using Excel’s tools and capabilities. In this article, we will demonstrate ** 5** easy and quick methods on how to calculate the

**delta between two numbers in Excel**. Delta indicates the difference between the 2 numbers. We can easily

**calculate the delta in Excel.**Also, there is a

**DELTA function**available in Excel. So, without further ado, let’s go through the entire article to understand the topic properly.

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## 5 Methods to Calculate Delta Between Two Numbers in Excel

For ease of understanding, we are going to use a ** List of Marks**. This dataset includes the name of the

**, and their corresponding marks for**

*Students***and**

*Test 1***in columns**

*Test 2***B**,

**C**, and

**D**respectively.

*Note:** This is a basic dataset to keep things simple. In a practical scenario, you may encounter a much larger and more complex dataset*.

Now, using this dataset, we’ll show ** 5** convenient approaches to calculate the delta between two numbers in Excel. So let’s explore them one by one.

Here, we have used

*Microsoft Excel 365*version, you may use any other version according to your convenience. Please leave a comment if any part of this article does not work in your version.

### 1. Using DELTA Function

In our first method, we won’t calculate the difference between two numbers actually. Basically, we will test that is there any difference between the numbers or not. For this purpose, we’ll get the help of the **DELTA function**. So, let’s explore the method step by step.

**📌**** Steps:**

- At the very beginning, create a new column with the heading
.*Result* - Then, in this column, select cell
**E5**and enter the formula below.

`=DELTA(C5,D5)`

- After that, press the
**ENTER**key.

- Now, bring the cursor to the right-bottom corner of cell
**E5**and it’ll look like a plus (**+**) sign. Actually, it’s the**Fill Handle**tool. - Currently, double-click on it.

Magically, it’ll copy the formula to the lower cells with correct cell references and give you outputs in the remaining blank cells.

If you look at the above image carefully, you can see that if the marks of ** Test 1** and

**aren’t the same, it gives**

*Test 2***0**in

**Column E**. This happens in the case of

**. Contradictorily, if the numbers in both tests become the same, then the output becomes**

*Jonas***1**in

**Column E**. Which happens in the case of

**.**

*Sara*- Again, construct a new column with the heading
**Difference**and go to the first cell (**F5**) of this column. - At this moment, insert the following formula into the cell.

`=IF(E5=0,“YES”,“NO”)`

- Like before, press
**ENTER**.

Right now, we want to highlight the cells containing the text ** NO** so that they get noticed easily in our eyes. To do this,

- At first, select cells in the
**F5:F14**range. - Secondly, navigate to the
**Home**tab. - Thirdly, click on the
**Conditional Formatting**drop-down icon on the**Styles**group of commands. - Then, click on
**Highlight Cells Rules**from the drop-down list. - From the sub-menu, select
**Text that Contains**.

Immediately, the **Text That Contains** dialog box appears before us.

- Then, write down
**NO**in the**Format cells that contain the text**box. - Also, choose
**Custom Format**in another box.

Instantly, the **Format Cells** wizard will open up.

- Here, proceed to the
**Fill**tab. - Afterward, choose
**Red**as the**Background Color**.

- Also, advance to the
**Font**tab. - Hereafter, select
**Bold**as the**Font Style**. - Lastly, click
**OK**.

Finally, the result is before our eyes.

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### 2. Utilizing ABS Function

From this method and the following ones, we’ll calculate the amount of delta between two numbers in Excel. In this approach, we’ll use the **ABS function**. Let’s see the process in detail.

**📌**** Steps:**

- At first, go to cell
**E5**and write down the formula below.

`=ABS(C5-D5)`

- Henceforth, tap
**ENTER**.

Simply, we got the delta between these two numbers. Actually, it’s the difference between the two numbers. Generally, when we subtracted ** 40** from

**, we get**

*37***. But, here the result is**

*-3***because it’s just the difference between the numbers omitting the sign.**

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### 3. Inserting SQRT Function

When you have a tool like Microsoft Excel, you can effortlessly perform such a task using different methods. In the following procedure, we’ll make use of the **SQRT function**. So, without further delay, let’s dive in!

**📌**** Steps:**

- Firstly, select cell
**E5**and put down the following formula into the cell.

`=SQRT((C5-D5)^2)`

Here, we squared the term **(C5-D5)** first. Again, we calculated the square root to get only the positive difference.

- Secondly, hit
**ENTER**.

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### 4. Employing IF Function

If you’re one of those people who enjoy using Excel formulas then this method have you covered. It’s simple & easy, just follow along.

**📌**** Steps:**

- Initially, jump to cell
**E5**and insert the following formula.

`=IF(C5>D5,C5-D5,D5-C5)`

Here, we introduced a logical statement with the **IF function**. The ** logical_test** argument of this formula is

**C5>D5**. If this is true, the output in cell

**E5**will be

**C5-D5**which is the

**argument. Otherwise, it will be**

*value_if_true***D5-C5**which is the

**argument.**

*value_if_false*- Then, hit
**ENTER**.

### 5. Applying VBA to Create User-Defined Function

Although using formulas is a quick way of editing data, it can be difficult to interpret. Furthermore, if you often need to automate the task, then you may consider the **VBA** code below. So let’s begin.

**📌**** Steps:**

- Primarily, proceed to the
**Developer**tab. - Then, click on
**Visual Basic**in the**Code**group.

Instantly, **Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications** window will pop up.

- Secondarily, go to the
**Insert**tab. - Then, click on
**Module**from the options.

Instantly, Excel will insert a new module on the right of the display.

- After that, paste the following code into the module.

```
Function Cal_Delta(x As Double, y As Double)
Cal_Delta = Abs(x - y)
End Function
```

Then, save the file as **Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook**.

- Following this, get back to the worksheet named
.*VBA* - Subsequently, go to cell
**E5**and write down**=c**and you will find some suggestions starting with**c**. - Just, double-click on the first highlighted function which we created a while ago. Alternatively, you can press the
**TAB**key to select the function.

- Thenceforth, give the arguments of the function. The final form of the formula looks like the following.

`=Cal_Delta(C5,D5)`

- As usual, press
**ENTER**.

**Similarly**, use the**Fill Handle**tool to get the other cell’s results.

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## Conclusion

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