If you are looking for ways to find the upper and lower limits of a confidence interval in Excel, then this article will help you with 5 different ways. The confidence interval determines the probability of lying a mean value in a range of values. The upper and lower limits of this interval predict the limit of the range where a true mean value may exist. So, letâ€™s start with the main article to know more about the process.

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## How to Find the Upper and Lower Limits of a Confidence Interval in Excel: 5 Easy Ways

Here, we have the following dataset containing some samples showing their weight distribution. Using this dataset we will determine the upper and lower limits of a confidence level easily.

For completing this article, we have used *the Microsoft Excel 365 version, but you can use any other version at* your convenience.

__Method-1__: Using Excel Add-ins to Find Upper and Lower Limits of a Confidence Interval

Here, we will calculate the limits easily after calculating the **confidence interval** for the weights quickly using Excel **Add-ins**.

** Step-01**:

First, we have to enable the **Add-ins **for calculating the **confidence interval** of the weights.

- Go to the
**File**.

- Select
**Options**.

Then, you will be taken to a new wizard.

- Go to the
**Add-ins**tab, select**Excel Add-ins**from the**Manage**options and finally click**Go**.

After that, the **Add-ins **wizard will open up.

- Check the options
**Analysis Toolpak**,**Solver Add-in,**and then press**OK**.

** Step-02**:

After enabling the** toolpak**, we will analyze our data now.

- Go to the
**Data**tab >>**Analyze**group >>**Data Analysis**

Later, the **Data Analysis **dialog box will pop up.

- Choose the
**Descriptive Statistics**option and then press**OK**.

In this way, you will get the **Descriptive Statistics **dialog box.

- Choose the
**Input Range**as**$C$4:$C$14**(the range of the weights) >>**Grouped By â†’ Columns**>>**New Worksheet Ply**>> check the options**Summary statistics**and**Confidence Level for Mean**(by default**95%**). - Finally, press
**OK**.

Then, you will get the results in a new worksheet. Among the resultant values, we will utilize the **Mean **value and **Confidence Level **for calculating the limits.

- To have the limit values we have used the following two rows after the created table to determine the
**Lower Limit**and**Upper Limit**.

- Type the following formula to get the
**Lower Limit**

`=B3-B16`

Here, we are subtracting the **Mean **value from the **Confidence Level**.

- Apply the following formula in cell
**B18**to gain the**Upper Limit**

`=B3+B16`

Here, we will add up the **Mean **value with the **Confidence Level**.

**Read More:** How to Calculate 99 Confidence Interval in Excel

__Method-2__: Utilizing a Simple Formula

In this section, we will apply a simple formula to calculate the limits manually. For calculation, we have added some rows beside our dataset and inserted **1.96 **as the **z **value (here, **1.96 **will work for a **95% **confidence level).

First, we will calculate the **mean**, **standard deviation,** and **sample size** using the **AVERAGE**, **STDEV**, and **COUNT**** functions**.

- Type the following formula in cell
**E4**.

`=AVERAGE(C4:C14)`

Here, **the AVERAGE function** will determine the mean weight of the range **C4:C14**.

- Apply the following formula in cell
**E5**.

`=STDEV(C4:C14)`

**STDEV **calculates the standard deviation of the range **C4:C14**.

- For calculating the sample size use the following formula in cell
**E6**.

`=COUNT(C4:C14)`

**The COUNT function** will determine the total number of samples in the range **C4:C14**.

** Step-02**:

Now, we will calculate the limits by applying our formula easily.

- Calculate the lower limit using the following formula

`=E4-E7*E5/SQRT(E6)`

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**Formula Breakdown**

**E7*E5 â†’**becomes**96*14.18514 â†’ 27.803**

**SQRT(E6) â†’**becomes**SQRT(11) â†’****The SQRT function**will calculate a square root value of**11****Output â†’ 3.3166**

**E7*E5/SQRT(E6) â†’**becomes**803/3.3166 â†’ 8.38288**

**E4-E7*E5/SQRT(E6) â†’**becomes**27273-8.38288 â†’ 65.88985**

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- Calculate the upper limit by entering the following formula

`=E4+E7*E5/SQRT(E6)`

**Â ****Formula Breakdown**

**E7*E5 â†’**becomes**96*14.18514 â†’ 27.803**

**SQRT(E6) â†’**becomes**SQRT(11) â†’ The SQRT function**will calculate a square root value of**11****Output â†’ 3.3166**

**E7*E5/SQRT(E6) â†’**becomes**803/3.3166 â†’ 8.38288**

**E4+E7*E5/SQRT(E6) â†’**becomes**27273+8.38288 â†’ 82.65561**

**Read More:** How to Calculate 95 Percent Confidence Interval in Excel

__Method-3__: Applying CONFIDENCE Function to Find Upper and Lower Limits of a Confidence Interval

Here, we will apply **the CONFIDENCE function** to calculate the confidence interval at 95% which means the alpha value would be 5% or 0.05.

** Steps**:

- Follow
**Step-01**of**Method-2**to calculate the**Mean**,**Standard Deviation**, and**Sample Size**of the weights.

- Apply the following formula in cell
**E8**.

`=CONFIDENCE(E7,E5,E6)`

Here, **E7 **is the significant value or alpha, **E5 **is the standard deviation, and **E6 **is the sample size. **CONFIDENCE **will return the confidence interval of this range.

- To gain the lower limit subtract the
**mean**value from the**confidence interval**.

`=E4-E8`

- For the upper limit add the
**mean**value with the**confidence interval**.

`=E4+E8`

**Read More:**Â How to Calculate 90 Percent Confidence Interval in Excel

__Method-4__: Implementing NORMSDIST and CONFIDENCE.NORM Functions

Here, we will use **the** **NORMSDIST function** to calculate the normal distribution of the **z **value (for this function the **z **value will be **1.645 **for a **95% **confidence level) and then **the CONFIDENCE.NORM **to calculate the **confidence interval**.

** Steps**:

- Follow
**Step-01**of**Method-2**to calculate the**Mean**,**Standard Deviation**, and**Sample Size**of the weights.

- To calculate the confidence level percentage apply
**the NORMSDIST function**in cell**E8**.

`=NORMSDIST(E7)`

Here, **E7 **is the **z **value.

- Type the following formula in cell
**E9**.

`=CONFIDENCE.NORM(1-E8,E5,E6)`

Here, **1-E8 **will return the **alpha **or **significant **value which will be **0.05**, **E5 **is the standard deviation, and **E6 **is the sample size. **CONFIDENCE.NORM **will return the **confidence interval **of this range.

- To gain the lower limit subtract the
**mean**value from the**confidence interval**.

`=E4-E8`

- For the upper limit add the
**mean**value with the**confidence interval**.

`=E4+E8`

**Read More:**Â How to Calculate Confidence Interval in Excel

__Method-5__: Utilizing NORM.S.INV and SQRT Functions to Find Upper and Lower Limits of a Confidence Interval

For this section, we will use **the NORM.S.INV function** to calculate the limits of a **confidence interval**.

** Steps**:

- Follow
**Step-01**of**Method-2**to calculate the**Mean**,**Standard Deviation**, and**Sample Size**of the weights.

- For calculating the lower limit apply the following formula in cell
**E7**.

`=$E$4-NORM.S.INV(0.975)*($E$5/SQRT($E$6))`

**Â ****Formula Breakdown**

**S.INV(0.975) â†’**it will return the value of the**z**which will be used for calculating the confidence interval (for the**95%**level we have to use**0.975**here)**Output â†’ 1.95996**

**SQRT(E6) â†’**becomes**SQRT(11) â†’ The SQRT function**will calculate a square root value of**11****Output â†’ 3.3166**

**$E$5/SQRT(E6) â†’**becomes**185/3.3166 â†’ 4.2769**

**S.INV(0.975)*($E$5/SQRT($E$6)) â†’**becomes**95996/4.2769 â†’ 8.3827**

**$E$4-NORM.S.INV(0.975)*($E$5/SQRT($E$6)) â†’**becomes**27273- 8.3827 â†’ 65.88985**

- To have the upper limit apply the following formula in cell
**E8**.

`=$E$4+NORM.S.INV(0.975)*($E$5/SQRT($E$6))`

**Â ****Formula Breakdown**

**S.INV(0.975) â†’**it will return the value of the**z**which will be used for calculating the confidence interval (for the**95%**level we have to use**0.975**here)**Output â†’ 1.95996**

**SQRT(E6) â†’**becomes**SQRT(11) â†’ The SQRT function**will calculate a square root value of**11****Output â†’ 3.3166**

**$E$5/SQRT(E6) â†’**becomes**185/3.3166 â†’ 4.2769**

**S.INV(0.975)*($E$5/SQRT($E$6)) â†’**becomes**95996/4.2769 â†’ 8.3827**

**$E$4-NORM.S.INV(0.975)*($E$5/SQRT($E$6)) â†’**becomes**27273+ 8.3827 â†’ 82.65545**

## Practice Section

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## Conclusion

In this article, we tried to show the ways to find the upper and lower limits of a confidence interval in Excel. Hope you will find it useful. If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to share them in the comment section.

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