### Order of Precedence

By
default, Microsoft Excel evaluates formulas based on this Order of
Precedence:

1. Reference operators: Colon, space, comma

2. Negation: For example a negative number -1

3. Percentage: Percent (%)

4. Exponentiation: Raising to a power (^)

5. Multiply (*) and Divide (/)

6. Plus (+) and Minus (-)

7. Concatenation: Combining text (&)

8. Comparison: Equals, Less than, Greater than.

**2.
Consider This: Review the Math**

Look at
the simple equation on this page. Microsoft Excel reads a formula
from Left to Right. This equation has Multiplication and Addition.
The answer will be quite different, depending on how you solve the
equation.

**So, how
would Excel solve this problem?** PEMDAS: add up whatever is
between the parenthesis. Then multiply the sum of the numbers by
0.25.

Keep
going...