# How to do the power of in excel

The power of a number can be very useful when dealing with mathematical problems, e.g. calculating areas, functions, etc. To do the power of in Excel there are two main options:

• Option 1. To use the “POWER” function;
• Option 2. To use the “^” operator.

## Option 1 – To use the “POWER” function

Excel offers the “POWER” function to calculate the power of. To use this function proceed as follows.

## Step 1 – Select in which cell you’ll write the function

• Select the cell by clicking on it or with the keyboard arrows.

## Step 2 – Write the function

• Inside the selected cell write “=” to let the tool understand you want to insert a function;
• Start writing “POWER” and the tool will suggest the POWER function;
• Write the cell where you have the number to which you want to calculate the power of;
• Write the power you want to use;
• Press enter to confirm the function.

## Option 2 – To use the “^” operator

An easy way to do the power of is to use the “^” operator. To do that proceed as follows.

## Step 1 – Select in which cell you’ll write the function

• Select the cell by clicking on it or with the keyboard arrows.

## Step 2 – Write the function

• Inside the selected cell write “=” to let the tool understand you want to insert a function;
• Select the cell you want to convert to add it to the function;
• Write “^” after the selected cell;
• Write the power you want to use;
• Press enter to confirm the function.