Create a multiplication table

Let's say you want to help your daughter better understand math concepts by dynamically creating a multiplication table. You can use a two-variable data table (data table: A range of cells that shows the results of substituting different values in one or more formulas. There are two types of data tables: one-input tables and two-input tables.).

  1. Set up a worksheet with the following structure.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

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  1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
  2. Select the example in the Help topic.

 Note   Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help

Selecting an example from Help
  1. Press CTRL+C.
  2. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.
  3. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.
 
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  1. Enter a row of values from B3 to the right, for example, 1 through 10.
  2. Enter a column of values from A4 down, for example, 1 through 10.
  3. Select all cells in the range except cells A1 and A2.
  4. On the Data menu, click Table.
  5. In the Row input cell box, enter A1.
  6. In the Column input cell box, enter A2.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Optionally, you can freeze the data table by converting the result to their values.

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Applies to:
Excel 2003