# How to find the slope of a line in Excel

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Excel is widely used for mathematical operations due to the variety of functions and tools it provides. It also has several options for creating and formatting charts. If you have a trendline, you may need to find the slope of the line. In Excel, there are 3 ways of doing this:

1. Use the equation on the trendline
2. Use the SLOPE() function: this returns the slope of a line
1. Syntax: SLOPE(known-y’s, known-x’s)
1. known-y’s: the range of the y values
2. known-x’s: the range of the x values
3. Use the mathematical formula to calculate the slope (m)
1. m = change in y coordinates/change in x coordinates

## Option 1 – Use the equation

### Step 1 – Open the Format Trendline menu

• Select the chart and/or the line
• Go to Chart Design > Add Chart Element > Trendline > More Trendline Options

### Step 2 – Select the display option

• In the Format Trendline pane, select Display Equation on chart
• The equation will be displayed on the chart

### Step 3 – Find the value of the slope

• The slope is the number adjacent to ‘x’

## Option 2 – Use the SLOPE function

### Step 1 – Create the formula

• Select the cell where the result is to be displayed
• Type in the formula using cell references:

=SLOPE(range of y, range of x)

• Press Enter

### Step 2 – Check the result

• The value matches that in the equation

## Option 3 – Use the SLOPE formula

### Step 1 – Create the formula

• Select the cell where the result is to be displayed
• Type in the formula using cell references:

=(y2-y1)/(x2-x1)

• Press Enter

### Step 2 – Check the result

• The value matches that derived from the other 2 options