In Microsoft Excel, there are several formulas you can use to perform a variety of mathematical and statistical operations. One of these formulas is the multiply function, which allows you to multiply two or more numbers together and display the result in a single cell.
To create a formula that uses the multiply function, you must first understand how to write a formula in Excel. All formulas in Excel start with an equal sign, followed by a name of the cell that contains the number.
You must then add an asterisk (*) to indicate that you want to multiply the value before the asterisk with the value after the asterisk. If you want to multiply more than two numbers, you can type additional asterisks and click on the cells to add them to your equation.
The multiply function also works well with arrays, which are a series of values that you can multiply together. For example, you may want to multiply the prices of a product in cell A with the quantity of that product in a crate in cell B.
Using an array formula is easier than using a cell reference because arrays automatically calculate the appropriate multiplier for each value. However, arrays aren’t always ideal for complex calculations or multiplication.
Copying formulas in a column
To copy a formula, you must first drag the fill handle of your mouse over the formula. When you do, the formula will be replicated in all the cells above it in the same column. This can be useful for reducing your copying time when creating formulas.
Copying formulas in tuples
If you want to multiply more than one set of data at a time, you can use a special formula called a tuple. Unlike arrays, which only multiply values in one or two columns, tuples multiply the entire set of data for each formula you enter. This is especially helpful when you have large numbers and lots of data to multiply.
You can multiply a set of numbers by a constant in a tuple by setting up an absolute reference to that constant. The absolute reference will be a constant value, and you can then multiply other sets of numbers with it without changing the cell containing that constant.
This can be done by typing a dollar sign before the letter and number of the cell that contains your constant number. This will transform the constant into an absolute reference that you can copy and paste into other cells in your spreadsheet.
Performing a multiplication in Excel is simple and straightforward. All you have to do is type a number in a cell and then add an asterisk symbol to indicate that you’re performing a multiplication. You can then click on the cell that has the number you’re multiplying and press Enter to generate the answer.
When you’re finished, you can copy the results of your formula to all the cells in your desired column by double-clicking the small green square at the bottom right corner of the cell that contains your result/answer. You can also copy the results of your formula to other cells by clicking and holding the ‘+’ key and then dragging the filled area in the cell below it.