The AVERAGE function calculates the average (i.e. sum total divided by number of numbers) value within a specified cell range. Only numerical values are taken into account. An example use would be to calculate the average monthly sales of a business across the last 12 months.

**Syntax **

=AVERAGE(number1,[number2])

**Arguments **

*Number1*– the first number you wish to include in the average*Number2 (optional)*– the second number you wish to include in the average- Etc

Most commonly, AVERAGE is applied to a cell range (i.e. C1:C5), though you can choose specific cells instead or use a mixture of ranges and individual cells (e.g. =AVERAGE(C1:C5,B7,D2)).

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**Returns**

The AVERAGE function returns the average value within a specified range (i.e. the sum total divided by the number of numbers incorporated within the range).

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