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What is the Excel remainder function?

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The formula to find the remainder when dividing one number by another in Microsoft Excel is =MOD(first number, second number). For example, =MOD(17,3) returns an answer of two.

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The remainder is the amount left over after division. When dividing 17 by three, the decimal answer is 5.67. Therefore, three goes into 17 five times; 3 x 5 = 15, and 17 - 15 = 2, the remainder. In Excel, one could arrive at the same result using the INT function, with =17-(3*INT(17/3)). As with all Excel formulas, cell references can be used in place of numbers; if the value 17 is in A1 and 3 is in C4, the remainder can be calculated with =MOD(A1,C4).

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