How to Find an Average in Excel 2013

Microsoft Excel includes a number of different ways that you can calculate totals or values based on your cell data. But if you need to know how to find an average in Excel 2013 then you may be struggling to locate the average function in Excel 2013.

You may know how to calculate an average by hand, and can even figure it out with a couple of steps in Excel. But there is actually a dedicated formula that allows you to find an average in Excel 2013 very quickly. This can save time and eliminate mistakes that can occur when manually performing a calculation.

We have recently written about using a subtraction formula in Excel 2013, and experience with basic mathematical operations like that, combined with a custom Excel formula like this, can give you a solid foundation upon which to start learning some of the more advanced techniques available to you within the Excel framework.

How to Find an Average in Excel 2013

  1. Open your spreadsheet.
  2. Select the cell for the formula.
  3. Click Home.
  4. Select the arrow to the right of AutoSum and choose Average.
  5. Select the cells to average.

Our article continues below with additional information on finding an average in Excel 2013, including pictures of these steps.

How to Use the Average Function in Excel 2013 (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Excel 2013, but will also work in most other versions of Excel.

Step 1: Open your spreadsheet in Excel 2013.

Step 2: Click inside the cell where you want to display your average.

select the cell where you want to display the average

Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.

click the home tab

Step 4: Click the arrow to the right of AutoSum in the Editing section at the right side of the navigational ribbon, then click the Average option.

click the arrow to the right of autosum, then click average

Step 5: Select the cells containing the values for which you want to calculate an average, then press Enter on your keyboard to calculate and display the average.

select the cell range for the average

How to Manually Create an Average Formula in Excel 2013

Note that you can also manually create an Average formula. The format is =AVERAGE(AA:BB) where AA is the first cell in the range and BB is the last cell in the range. You can always see the structure of a formula in your spreadsheet by clicking on the cell, then checking the Formula Bar above the spreadsheet. The Formula Bar is indicated in the image below. You will note that the formula is visible in that location even when the result of the formula is displayed within the cell itself.

formula bar showing average

If you are interested in learning more about Excel 2013, then you can check out some more articles that we have written on the topic.

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