Exponents refer to how many times a number should be multiplied by itself in a given scenario. 10 with an exponent of 3 is typed 10^{3}, and equals 10*10*10 or 1,000. Let’s learn **how to work with exponents in Microsoft Excel.**

### How to Find Exponents with the Power Formula

Excel offers you multiple ways of working with exponents. The first is called the **Power **formula.

Imagine you have three numbers, and you want to apply the exponent of 5 (called the power) to them.

Click into empty cell **B2**. Type** =**, the universal start of every Excel formula. Continue by typing **POWER(**. Remember, you want to raise the value in cells **A2, A3**, and **A4** to the 5th power.

Go ahead and click into cell A2. Your formula now reads:

=POWER(A2,

Continue by typing in your power, 5, and finally 5. Your formula now is:

=POWER(A2,5)

Hit **Enter** on your keyboard, and you’ll see your solution: **3,125.**

Now, in Excel, there’s no need to type formulas over and over. Instead, hover over cell **B2**‘s lower right corner. When you see the **+** appear, click and drag the formula downwards to fill cells **B3** and** B4**.

Excel will automatically apply your formula to the values in cells **A3** and **A4**.

### How to Quickly Raise Any Number to a Power in Excel

Quick, what’s 17 raised to the 4th power? Likely, you don’t know the answer off the top of your head. Fortunately, Excel offers a fast, formula-driven shortcut to help you find out.

Click into any empty cell. Once again, type **=,** followed by your number, **17.**

You should see:

=17

Next, type in a caret **^** symbol, followed by your power.

Your formula is now:

=17^4

Hit **Enter**, and Excel returns your solution: **83,521.**

As you can see, Excel makes working with exponents a breeze by offering you a pair of quick formula options.