# How to Insert a Square Root in Excel

You can use the SQRT formula that's built in to Excel to insert the square root calculation in an Excel formula.

Excel has a built-in function, SQRT, that takes the square root of a number. Use the function selector to locate it in the Math & Trig section, and select it to include the calculation in your workbook.

#### Step 1

Launch Excel. Select a workbook you want to use to insert the square root. You can choose from your **recent files**, the **templates** displayed on the screen or **other workbooks** you have saved on your computer or your OneDrive.

#### Step 2

Put a label in the first cell of a new column that will store the square root values, for example, type **Square Root** in cell B1 and select **Boldface** type from the toolbar.

#### Step 3

**Click or tap** in the first cell below the label. Choose **f**_{x} from the formula bar, select **Math & Trig** in the Category selection box, scroll and select **SQRT** and then choose **OK**.

#### Step 4

Type the cell identifier that contains the value for the square root calculation, for example, **A2**, in the Number field in the Function Arguments box. Alternatively, you can **tap or click** the cell and Excel puts the cell identifier in the Number field for you. The system also inserts the formula in the formula cell and displays a preview of the result of the square root calculation in the Function Arguments box. Choose **OK** when done.

#### Step 5

Choose **Number** from the formatting options on the ribbon bar to format the square root value.

#### Step 6

**Click** in the first formula cell, **grab** the bottom right corner with your mouse and **drag** it down the workbook to copy the formula to the other cells in the column.

#### Step 7

Review the results and then click the **Disk** icon to save your workbook.