# How to Multiply Cells in Excel: A Step by Step Guide

Excel is a powerful tool that I use every day in my job as a marketer. It's an essential part of my toolkit, and I rely heavily on it to make sense of my data. One function that I use all the time is the multiplication function. It allows me to quickly and easily calculate the product of two or more numbers. In this guide, I'll show you how to use the multiplication function in Excel step by step.

## Step 1: Open Excel and Enter Your Data

The first step is to open Excel and enter the data that you want to multiply. In this example, I'll use a simple table with two columns and two rows:

Number 1 Number 2
2 3
4 5

Once you've entered your data, you should select the cell where you want to display the result. In this example, I'll select cell C2.

## Step 2: Use the Multiplication Function

Now it's time to use the multiplication function. To do this, simply type an equals sign (=) into the cell where you want to display the result, followed by the cell references of the cells you want to multiply, separated by an asterisk (*).

In this example, I want to multiply the values in cells A2 and B2, so I'll type the following into cell C2:

`=A2*B2`

Once you've typed in the formula, hit enter and Excel will automatically calculate the product of the two cells and display the result in the cell you selected. In this case, the result is 6.

If you want to multiply more than two cells, simply add more cell references separated by asterisks. For example:

`=A1*B1*C1`

This will multiply the values in cells A1, B1, and C1 together.

## Step 3: Use the Fill Handle to Multiply More Cells

If you have a long list of data that you want to multiply, you don't have to manually enter the formula in every cell. Instead, you can use Excel's fill handle.

The fill handle is a small square in the bottom right corner of the selected cell. When you click and drag it, Excel will automatically fill in the formula for the rest of the cells in the column or row.

In this example, I want to multiply the values in cells A2 and B2 by the values in cells A3 and B3. To do this, I'll select cell C2 and then click and drag the fill handle down to cell C3.

Excel will automatically fill in the formula for me, so that cell C3 contains the formula:

`=A3*B3`

And the result is 20. Excel has automatically calculated the product of the values in cells A3 and B3, and displayed the result in cell C3.

## Step 4: Format Your Data

Now that you've multiplied your cells, it's time to format your data. You might want to change the number format, for example, or add some color to make your data more visually appealing. To do this, simply select the cells you want to format, right-click, and choose "Format Cells" from the menu.

You can then choose the formatting options that you want. For example, you might want to change the number format to display the result with two decimal places, or add some color to highlight certain cells.

## Conclusion

Excel's multiplication function is an essential tool for anyone working with data. It allows you to quickly and easily calculate the product of two or more numbers, and can save you a lot of time and effort. By following these simple steps, you'll be able to use Excel's multiplication function with ease and confidence. Happy calculating!