The exponents are simply repeated multiplications. For example, four to the third power (4³) isn’t 4×3, it’s 4×4 x 4, which equals a total of 64. If that sounds complicated, fear not; Excel can do the heavy lifting for you!
How to display exhibitors in Excel
Before we learn how to use exponents, let’s start with a quick example of how to enter them in Excel. In this case, we will have to use the Exponent function to be able to display the exponent.
To do this, right-click on a blank cell and then select “Format Cells” from the menu.
Under “Category:” on the left, select “Text,” then click “OK.”
In the same cell, type the base number and the exponent without any spaces between them. In our example, we will find 10³ (10 x 10 x 10). Our base number is 10 and three is the exponent.
Next, highlight your exponent; in our example, these are all three.
Right-click on the cell again and choose “Format Cells.”
Check the box next to “Exponent” in the “Effects” section, then click “OK.” Press Enter or click in any other cell to complete the process.
How to use exponents in the formula bar
You can also use exponents in the Excel formula bar. To do this, click on the empty cell in which you want to display the result of a calculation.
You plug your exponent into the following formula: “= Power (number, power).” We will use 10⁴ for our example, so we type “= Power (10.4)” (without the quotes) in the formula bar.
To run the formula, press Enter or click the check mark to the left of the formula bar.
How to use exponents in an individual cell
If you want to do the calculation in a cell, you can skip the formula bar completely and use a bit of Excel shortcut instead.
To find 10⁵, for example, you can type “= 10 ^ 5” (again, without the quotes) and then press Enter.
Regardless of how you get there, the answer will be the same. If you’re short on time, finding the one superscript solution in Excel is a quick alternative to manual calculations.