Divide numbers

Let's say you want to find out how many person hours it took to finish a project (total project hours ÷ total people on project) or the actual miles per gallon rate for your recent cross-country trip (total miles ÷ total gallons). There are several ways divide numbers.

What do you want to do?

Divide numbers in a cell

Divide cells in a range

Divide numbers in a cell

To do this task, use the / (forward slash) arithmetic operator.

For example, if you type the following formula in a cell:


The cell displays the following result:


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Divide cells in a range


The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

How to copy an example

  1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.

  2. Select the example in the Help topic.

    Note: Do not select the row or column headers.

    Selecting an example from Help

    Selecting an example from Help

  3. Press CTRL+C.

  4. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.

  5. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.









Description (Result)


Divides 15,000 by 12 (1250)

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