If you are searching for some special tricks to use division formula in Excel for multiple cells then you have landed in the right place. There are some ways to use the division formula in Excel for multiple cells. This article will show you each and every step with proper illustrations so, you can easily apply them for your purpose. Let’s get into the central part of the article.
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What Is Division Formula in Excel?
Actually, Excel does not have any DIVIDE function to perform the Division Operation.
Instead, you have to use the Forward Slash Operator (/) to divide two numbers or cells in Excel. For Example:
- 25/5 = 5
- A1/B1 = 5, where cell A1 and cell B1 hold numbers 50 and 10 respectively.
- A1/10 = 5, where cell A1 holds the number 50.
Division of Multiple Cells at a Time in Excel
You can use Excel’s division symbol to divide multiple cells in Excel.
B5/C5/D5 = 5, where B5 = 150, C5 = 3 and D5 = 10
How Does This Formula Work:
In an Excel formula, division and multiplication have the same order of calculation but with left-to-right associativity. Read this article to know more: Order & Precedence of Operations in Excel.
- So, at first, B5/C5 will be calculated = 150/3 = 50
- Then the result of B5/C5 (50) will be divided by D5 = 50/10 = 5
Now check out this image.
You see that formula =A2/(B2/C2) has returned a value of 500. Why?
Because, according to calculation order, the expression inside a parenthesis will be evaluated first.
- So, (B2/C2) will be evaluated at first = 3/10 = 0.3333
- Next A2 will be divided by the result of B2/C2 (0.3333) = 150/0.3333 = 500
Hope this is clear to you.
Divide Two or More Numbers Using Forward Slash (/):
Dividing two or more numbers using Excel’s division symbol is the same as dividing two or more cells. See the image below.
Don’t forget to place an equal sign (=) before the formula; otherwise Excel might treat your entry as a date value. For example, if you input the value 11/19, Excel will show your entry as 19-Nov.
Or, if you type 11/50, the cell might show value Nov-50. The cell will hold value 11/1/1950. This time as 50 cannot be a day value, Excel assumes that you’re typing the month and the year.
5 Examples of Division Formula in Excel for Multiple Cells
In this section, I will show you 4 quick and easy methods to use the division formula in Excel for multiple cells on Windows operating system. You will find detailed explanations with clear illustrations of each thing in this article. I have used Microsoft 365 version here. But you can use any other versions as of your availability. If anything of this article doesn’t work in your version then leave us a comment.
1. Formula to Divide Entire Column Values by a Specific Number in Excel
Suppose you want to divide the values of a column (multiple cells) using a specific number (say 10). Use these steps.
- In the cell C5, insert this formula:
- Now, drag the Fill Handle icon to paste the used formula respectively to the other cells of the column or use CTRL+C and CTRL+V to copy and paste.
- And here is the result. On the right side of the image, you are seeing the formulas. I have used to FORMULATEXT function to get the formulas used in column C.
2. Divide Values Using Absolute Cell Reference with Dynamic User Input in a Column
Now, what if you need to divide the above column with the number 50?
Will you edit the formula by changing the number from 10 to 50, and then copy the formula for other cells in the column?
It is not a good idea. Rather we can write this formula newly. Check out the image below. We have written the formula using an absolute cell reference. Follow the steps below for this.
- Insert the value of the Dividend in cell C4.
- Then, insert the formula into cell C7 to get the result.
- Now, drag the fill handle icon to get the column filled with a similar formula. In column D, you will see the formula text which is used in column C.
- By inserting different values in cell B2, we can divide the column with different numbers.
Check out the following GIF image.
3. Using QUOTIENT Function to Divide Multiple Cells
You can use the QUOTIENT function to get the quotient value in the integer form excluding the remainder. This function returns the integer part of a division without remainder.
To use this function, insert this formula into the cell D5:
🔎 Formula Explanation:
Syntax of QUOTIENT function is: QUOTIENT(numerator, denominator)
- Numerator = B5: It is the Dividend which is the number to be divided
- Denominator = C5: It is the Divisor by which the number will be divided.
- Now, drag the Fill Handle icon to paste the used formula respectively to the other cells of the column or use Excel keyboard shortcuts CTRL+C and CTRL+V to copy and paste.
4. Formula to Divide by 1000
Suppose, cell B5 = 10,000 and you want to divide B5 by 1000. You can use these ways:
- You can directly, divide cell B5 by 1000. For this, use this formula in cell C5:
- Also, you can insert the divisor 1000 in a cell and then, make a cell reference of it to divide. In this case, use the formula below when you have inserted the value 1000 in cell G4:
- In both cases, you will get the same result, in the first case, you can’t change the dividend value all at once but you can do it in 2nd case.
5. Excel Formula to Add and Divide Simultaneously
If you want to add some numbers and then divide the sum value with another number, this is a little bit tricky. Suppose you want to add two numbers (say they are 50 and 60) and then want to divide the result with another number 11.
Here is the formula: (50 + 60)/11 = 110/11 = 10
If you write the formula in this way: 50 + 60/11, it will result = 50 + 5.45 = 55.45; you will not get the desired result. Because, according to the order of calculations, the division will perform first (with the left to right associativity) and then the addition.
So, you have to place the addition within a parenthesis. Parenthesis has a higher order of calculations than division.
Want to know more about operator precedence and associativity in Excel? Read this article: What is the Order & Precedence of Operations in Excel?
Now, let’s see several formulas to add and then divide in Excel.
Add and Divide by Typing Numbers Within Cell:
Let’s assume 7 randomly chosen numbers that are to be added and then divided by a fractional number, e.g. 1.052632. We will perform these two operations simultaneously using the following formula within a cell.
Using Cell Reference and Excel Functions to Add and Then Divide:
Typing numbers in a formula is not really a good idea. It will be better to use Excel functions with cell references to add and divide using a single formula.
Here we will show you 3 exemplary formulas.
Formula Using Cell References Only:
Formula Using SUM Function:
Formula Using QUOTIENT Function:
Handling #DIV/0! Error in Excel Division Formula
In mathematics, you cannot divide a number by zero (0). It is not allowed.
So, when you divide a number by zero in Excel, it will show an error. It is #DIV/0! Error.
We can handle #DIV/0! Error in Excel using two functions:
1. Handling #DIV/0! Error Using IFERROR Function
First, let’s use the IFERROR function to handle #DIV/0! Error.
Syntax of IFERROR Function:
See how I have used the IFFERROR function to handle the #DIV/0! Error.
Used Formula in the Following Example:
2. Handling #DIV/0! Error Using IF function
Now, I will use the IF function to handle the #DIV/0! Error.
Syntax of IF Function:
IF(logical_test, [value_if_true], [value_if_false])
Here is the way to use the IF function to handle #DIV/0! Error.
=IF(Set condition as denominator equals to zero, Value_if_true, division_formula)
Used Formula in the Following Example:
=IF(C19=0, "Not allowed",B19/C19)
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