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Argument Definition

Argument Definition

© Ted French

In spreadsheet programs such as Excel and Google Spreadsheets, arguments are used in the programs' built in formulas called functions.

The arguments are the part of the function enclosed in round brackets (parentheses) following the function’s name.

Arguments supply the data for the function to use in its calculations.

When entering a function's arguments, the cell reference to the location of the data in the worksheet is often used rather than the data itself.


=SUM (A1:A5)

As seen in the image above, the argument for the SUM function is the range (A1:A5).

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