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.

Step 1: Open your spreadsheet in Excel 2013.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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