The range is a common term used in mathematics. It refers to the measurement between the maximum and minimum data of a given dataset. There are a million ways that are used to calculate the range of any dataset. Excel being a powerful statistical tool, can be used to calculate problems related to range.

Below are some methods in Excel that can be used to calculate the range of any dataset.

**Using the Max and Min Function
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To find the range of any dataset, three operations are involved;

**1.** Finding the largest value

**2.** Smallest value

**3.** Finding the difference between the largest and smallest value.

Therefore, the Min and Max functions can be used to calculate the range of any dataset in Excel.

Steps;

**1.** Open a new or an existing worksheet. If you're working on a new worksheet, enter your dataset on the empty cells.

2. Select another cell and name it "**Range**."

3. On the selected cell, type the Min and Max function. Within the barscket of each function, enter the cells that contain your dataset. For example, B2:B10- to mean from cells 2 to cell 10 in column B.

**=MAX(B2:B5)-MIN(B2:B5)
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4. Then, hit the Enter button. The formula will take both the largest and smallest value from your dataset, and then subtract the smallest from the largest value.

**Using the SMALL and LARGE functions
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Another way to find the range of a given dataset is to use the combination of SMALL and LARGE functions. Let us dive deeper into how to use these functions.

Steps;

**1.** Open a new or an existing worksheet. If you're working on a new worksheet, enter your dataset on the empty cells.

**2.** Select another cell and name it "**Range**."

**3. **The SMALL and LARGE functions take two parameters. That is the array part and the nth part. The n^{th} part shows the value to be returned. For example, if you want to return the largest or smallest number in the dataset, the n^{th} value will be 1.

**4.** On the selected cell, type the SMALL and LARGE functions.

**=LARGE(B2:B5,1)-SMALL(B2:B5,1)
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**5.** Then, hit the Enter button and you will have the range value on the selected cell.

**Using the Autosum feature in Excel
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Here is another method to calculate the range in excel.

Steps;

**1.** Open a new or an existing worksheet. If you're working on a new worksheet, enter your dataset on the empty cells.

**2.** From the main screen, click on the "**Formulas tab**."

**3.** Then locate the "**Autosum**" within the "**Function Library**" section and click on its drop-down button.

**4.** From the drop-down menu, there's a **Min** and** Max** button. Firstly, click on the Max button to calculate the maximum number within your dataset. Store it in one of the empty cells within the worksheet.

**5.** Secondly, click on the **Min **button to get the smallest number in your data set.

**6.** Manually, subtract the value in the Min cell from that in the **Max **cell.

**7.** Finally, hit the Enter button.