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XL: MOD() Function Returns #NUM! Error Value

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The MOD() function in Microsoft Excel may return a #NUM! error value instead of a valid remainder (modulus).

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The MOD() function returns the #NUM! error if the following condition is true:
('divisor' * 134217728) is less than or equal to 'number'

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If the above condition is true, and the MOD() function returns a #NUM! error, you can use the following formula to calculate the remainder (modulus) of two numbers:
For example, instead of using this formula
use this formula:

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In Microsoft Excel, the MOD() function returns the remainder (modulus) of dividing one number by another. The MOD() function accepts two arguments:
   Argument   Definition
   Number     The number being divided
   Divisor    The number being divided by
If you want to calculate the remainder (modulus) of 22 divided by 5, you would use the following formula:
The result is 2 (22 divided by 5 leaves a remainder of 2).

If the divisor argument, multiplied by 134,217,728 (or 2 raised to the 27th power), is less than or equal to the number argument, the MOD() function returns a #NUM! error value.

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Keywords: KB119083, kbprb

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Article Info
Article ID : 119083
Revision : 3
Created on : 1/19/2007
Published on : 1/19/2007
Exists online : False
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