EVEN function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the EVEN function in Microsoft Excel.


Returns number rounded up to the nearest even integer. You can use this function for processing items that come in twos. For example, a packing crate accepts rows of one or two items. The crate is full when the number of items, rounded up to the nearest two, matches the crate's capacity.



The EVEN function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Number    Required. The value to round.


  • If number is nonnumeric, EVEN returns the #VALUE! error value.

  • Regardless of the sign of number, a value is rounded up when adjusted away from zero. If number is an even integer, no rounding occurs.


Copy the example data in the following table, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. For formulas to show results, select them, press F2, and then press Enter. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.





Rounds 1.5 to the nearest even integer



Rounds 3 to the nearest even integer



Rounds 2 to the nearest even integer



Rounds -1 to the nearest even integer


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