POWER function

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


Returns the result of a number raised to a power.


POWER(number, power)

The POWER function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Number    Required. The base number. It can be any real number.

  • Power    Required. The exponent to which the base number is raised.


The "^" operator can be used instead of POWER to indicate to what power the base number is to be raised, such as in 5^2.


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.



R esult


5 squared.



98.6 raised to the power of 3.2.



4 raised to the power of 5/4.


Applies To: Excel 2016, Excel 2010, Excel Starter, Excel 2013, Excel Online, Excel 2016 for Mac, Excel for Mac 2011, Excel 2007

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