Excel - Product function versus using the asterisk *

Posted on 2012-08-20
Last Modified: 2012-08-23
Is there any advantage to using the product function versus using the asterisk when multiplying numbers?
Question by:brothertruffle880
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    The function is the same, but you can use ranges in the Product function. So you can do =PRODUCT(A1:A5). It's kind of like SUM(). You COULD just use + too...
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    Product will ignore text
    the asterix will return #Value if there is a text value
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    by:barry houdini
    You can also get different results when blanks are involved, if A1 is blank and B1 contains 3 then



    regards, barry
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    Right. PRODUCT() multiplies all the non-blank values, like SUM().

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