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

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SYMPTOMS

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

CAUSE

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

WORKAROUND

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:
=number-(INT(number/divisor)*divisor)
For example, instead of using this formula
=MOD(J13,K13)
use this formula:
=J13-(INT(J13/K13)*K13)

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:
=MOD(22,5)
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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Article ID: 119083 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 2.1
APPLIES TO
• Microsoft Excel 2000 Standard Edition
• Microsoft Excel 2002 Standard Edition
• Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
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