An exponent describes the power you raise a number to. These are easy to calculate with spreadsheets. Let’s learn **how to work with exponents in Microsoft Excel.**

## How to Find Exponents in Microsoft Excel

Excel offers multiple great ways to work with exponents. Let’s look at three: finding an exponent of any number, raising existing numbers to a certain power, and working with the **POWER** formula.

Imagine that you want to raise **five** to the **third** power. In other words, you want to multiply **5 x 5 x 5.** That, of course, is one way to perform the calculation. But imagine that you wanted to raise to the **fiftieth** power. There’s no reason to perform the math manually.

Begin by finding an empty cell in your worksheet. Type** =,** and then **5**. The equal sign tells Excel you’re building a formula. Next, you’ll want to insert the caret symbol. It looks like this, **^**, and you’ll find it on the **6** key on your keyboard.

Finally, insert the power you want to raise your number **5** to. Here, that’s **3**. Your finished formula looks like this:

=5^3

Hit **Enter** on your keyboard, and Excel will return the solution: **125.**

Now, imagine that you already have a number on your spreadsheet, and you want to raise it to a power.

Find an empty cell again, and type **=.** Then, click on the cell containing the number. Finally, add the **^** symbol and type in the power.

Hit **Enter**. You’ll see your solution appear in the new cell.

Finally, Excel has a **POWER** formula. Let’s raise **three** to the **fourth** power. In an empty cell, type **=POWER(**, then **3,4)**.

Hit **Enter**, and you’ll see the solution: **81.**

All three of these quick formulas help you work with exponents quickly inside Excel. Use them any time you’re raising numbers to powers large or small.