# QUOTIENT function

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

Tip: If you're looking to divide numeric values and keep a remainder, you'll want to use the "/" operator as there isn't a DIVIDE function in Excel. For example, to divide 5 by 2, you would type "=5/2" (without the quotes) into a cell, which returns 2.5. The QUOTIENT function for these same numbers (QUOTIENT 5,2) returns 2.. For other ways to divide numbers, see Divide cells or numbers.

## Description

Returns the integer portion of a division. Use this function when you want to discard the remainder of a division.

## Syntax

QUOTIENT(numerator, denominator)

The QUOTIENT function syntax has the following arguments:

• Numerator    Required. The dividend.

• Denominator    Required. The divisor.

## Remark

If either argument is nonnumeric, QUOTIENT returns the #VALUE! error value.

## Example

Copy the example data in the following table, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. To toggle between viewing the formulas and the results, press F2. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.

 Formula Description Result =QUOTIENT(5, 2) Integer portion of 5/2 2 =QUOTIENT(4.5, 3.1) Integer portion of 4.5/3.1 1 =QUOTIENT(-10, 3) Integer portion of -10/3 -3