# How to Do Subtraction in Microsoft Excel

One of the functions that Microsoft Excel has to offer is subtraction, an essential arithmetic operation that Excel performs in several ways. This guide will walk you through performing subtraction in Excel, providing detailed steps and examples.

## Do Subtraction in Microsoft Excel

• ### 1. Subtraction Using Basic Formulas

To perform subtraction in Microsoft Excel using basic formulas, begin by opening your spreadsheet and selecting the cell where you want the result. Initiate the formula by typing the equals sign (=) followed by the number you intend to subtract and then the minus (-) operator. Continue by typing the number you wish to subtract. Press Enter to execute the formula and display the subtraction result in the selected cell. This method enables you to effortlessly subtract numbers and achieve accurate calculations within your Excel workbook.

• ### 2. Subtraction Using SUMPRODUCT Function

Begin by opening your Excel spreadsheet and selecting the cell where you want the result. Initiate the formula by typing the equals sign (=) and input “SUMPRODUCT(” and select the range of cells you want to subtract from. Proceed by typing the minus (-) operator and selecting the range of cells you want to subtract. Close the function with “)” and press Enter to obtain the subtraction result.

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### 3. Subtraction Using SUM Function

Open your Excel spreadsheet and choose the cell where you desire the result. Initiate the formula by typing the equals sign (=.) Enter “SUM(” and select the range of cells from which you want to subtract. Continue by typing the minus (-) operator and selecting the range of cells you wish to subtract. Close the function with “)” and press Enter to obtain the subtraction result.

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## FAQs

### What happens if you subtract non-numeric values in Excel?

Subtracting non-numeric values results in an error, such as the #VALUE! error.

### What’s the purpose of the SUM function in subtraction?

The SUM function can be used for subtraction by entering negative values from the selected range.

### Can you use subtraction with conditional statements in Excel?

Yes, subtraction can be incorporated into IF statements for conditional calculations.

### How can you quickly autofill a subtraction formula in Excel?

After entering the first formula, drag and apply the formula to adjacent cells using the autofill handle (bottom right corner).

### Is there a specific function for subtracting date and time values in Excel?

The DATEDIF function can subtract date and time values, providing the difference in various units.