﻿ IMAGINARY function

# IMAGINARY function

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

## Description

Returns the imaginary coefficient of a complex number in x + yi or x + yj text format.

## Syntax

IMAGINARY(inumber)

The IMAGINARY function syntax has the following arguments:

• Inumber    Required. A complex number for which you want the imaginary coefficient.

## Remarks

• Use COMPLEX to convert real and imaginary coefficients into a complex number.

## Example

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

How do I copy an example?

Important   Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help

2. Press CTRL+C.

3. In Excel, create a blank workbook or worksheet.

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

Important   For the example to work properly, you must paste it into cell A1 of the worksheet.

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.

After you copy the example to a blank worksheet, you can adapt it to suit your needs.

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 A B Formula Description (Result) =IMAGINARY("3+4i") Imaginary coefficient of the complex number 3+4i (4) =IMAGINARY("0-j") Imaginary coefficient of the complex number 0-j (-1) =IMAGINARY(4) Imaginary coefficient 4 (0)

Applies To: Excel 2010, Excel Starter, Excel Online, SharePoint Online

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