# How to Calculate Range in Excel: Step-by-Step Guide

As a marketer, I'm always crunching numbers to track our performance and measure our success. One of the most important calculations I rely on is the range of a data set. Knowing the range tells me the difference between the highest and lowest values in a set, which helps me understand the spread of the data and identify outliers.

If you're new to Excel or just need a refresher, calculating range in Excel is easy to do. In this step-by-step guide, I'll show you how to find the range using both the traditional method and a shortcut. Let's get started!

The first method for calculating range in Excel is the traditional method. Here's how to do it:

1. Enter your data set into Excel. For this example, I'll use a set of sales figures for Q1:
2. Month Sales
January 10,000
February 25,000
March 15,000
3. Select an empty cell where you want to display the range. For this example, I'll use cell B5.
4. Type the following formula into the cell: `=MAX(B2:B4)-MIN(B2:B4)`
5. Press Enter.
6. The cell will now display the range of the data set. In this example, the range is 15,000, which is the difference between the highest value (25,000) and the lowest value (10,000).

## The Shortcut Method

If you're looking for a quicker way to calculate the range in Excel, there's a shortcut you can use. Here's how:

1. Enter your data set into Excel.
2. Select the entire data set, including the column headers. For this example, I'll select cells A1:B4.
3. With the data set selected, go to the Home tab and click on the Conditional Formatting dropdown.
4. Click on "Color Scales" and select a color scale of your choice. This will highlight the highest and lowest values in the data set.
5. The range will now be displayed in the legend of the color scale. In this example, the range is 15,000.

## Conclusion

Calculating range in Excel is a simple process that can provide valuable insights into your data set. Whether you use the traditional method or the shortcut, knowing the range can help you make more informed decisions and improve your performance. So next time you're working with a data set, be sure to calculate the range and see what insights you can uncover.