PRODUCT function

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

Description

The PRODUCT function multiplies all the numbers given as arguments and returns the product. For example, if cells A1 and A2 contain numbers, you can use the formula =PRODUCT(A1, A2) to multiply those two numbers together. You can also perform the same operation by using the multiply (*) mathematical operator; for example, =A1 * A2.

The PRODUCT function is useful when you need to multiply many cells together. For example, the formula =PRODUCT(A1:A3, C1:C3) is equivalent to =A1 * A2 * A3 * C1 * C2 * C3.

Syntax

PRODUCT(number1, [number2], ...)

The PRODUCT function syntax has the following arguments:

  • number1    Required. The first number or range that you want to multiply.

  • number2, ...    Optional. Additional numbers or ranges that you want to multiply, up to a maximum of 255 arguments.

    Note   If an argument is an array or reference, only numbers in the array or reference are multiplied. Empty cells, logical values, and text in the array or reference are ignored.

Example

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

How do I copy an example?

  1. Select the example in this article.

    Important   Do not select the row or column headers.

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    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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Formula

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=PRODUCT(A2:A4)

Multiplies the numbers in cells A2 through A4.

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=PRODUCT(A2:A4, 2)

Multiplies the numbers in cells A2 through A4, and then multiplies that result by 2.

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=A2*A3*A4

Multiplies the numbers in cells A2 through A4 by using mathematical operators instead of the PRODUCT function.

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Applies To: Excel 2007



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