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MS Excel: POWER Function (WS)

This Excel tutorial explains how to use the Excel POWER function with syntax and examples.


The Microsoft Excel POWER function returns the result of a number raised to a given power.


The syntax for the POWER function in Microsoft Excel is:

POWER( number, power )

Parameters or Arguments

It is the base number.
It is the exponent used to raise the base number to.

Applies To

The POWER function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:

  • Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000

Type of Excel Function

The POWER function can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following type of function:

  • Worksheet function (WS)

Example (as Worksheet Function)

Let's look at some Excel POWER function examples and explore how to use the POWER function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Microsoft Excel

Based on the Excel spreadsheet above, the following POWER examples would return:

=POWER(A1, A2)
Result: 81

=POWER(A1, A3)
Result: 140.2961154

=POWER(A2, 2)
Result: 16