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POWER Function – Raise to a Power in Excel, VBA, & G Sheets

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This Tutorial demonstrates how to use the Excel POWER Function in Excel to calculate the number raised to a power.POWER Main Function

POWER Function Overview

The POWER Function Calculates a number raised to a power.

To use the POWER  Excel Worksheet Function, select a cell and type:

power formula syntax

(Notice how the formula inputs appear)

POWER Function Syntax and Inputs:

=POWER(number ,power)

number – A number.

power – The exponent number.

POWER Function 

The POWER Function can raise a number to a power or an exponent.



Notice here the formula raises the number 5 to the sixth power.

5^6 = 5 * 5 * 5 * 5 * 5 * 5


POWER Function – Squared/Cubed

The POWER Function can return a square or cube of a number.


This example raises the number to its second (squared) or third (cubed) power. 

POWER Function – Square Root

The POWER Function can return the square root of a number. 

=POWER(144, 0.5)


Square root of a number is a value, when multiplied by itself, returns the number. The SQRT Function can also be used, click here to learn more. 

POWER Function – Cube Root

The POWER Function can also calculate the cube root of a number.

=POWER(64, 1/3)


The Cube Root of a number is the same as that number raised to one-third (⅓) power.


POWER in Google Sheets

The POWER Function works exactly the same in Google Sheets as in Excel:

POWER Google Function

Additional Notes

Use the POWER Function to raise a number to a specified power.

=power(2,4) is the same as 2^4

POWER Examples in VBA

You can also use the POWER function in VBA. Type:


For the function arguments (number, etc.), you can either enter them directly into the function, or define variables to use instead.


Application.WorksheetFunction.Power(2, 3)

The statementy above will return 2^3  = 8

Or, we can use variables as parameters of our VBA function:

Vba POWER function


Application.WorksheetFunction.Power(Range("A1"), Range("B1"))

Will return 4^5 = 1024


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