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This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the ODD function in Microsoft Excel.


Returns number rounded up to the nearest odd integer.



The ODD function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Number:    Required. The value to round.


  • If number is nonnumeric, ODD returns the #VALUE! error value.

  • Regardless of the sign of number, a value is rounded up when adjusted away from zero. If number is an odd integer, no rounding occurs.


Copy the example data in the following table, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. For formulas to show results, select them, press F2, and then press Enter. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.





Rounds 1.5 up to the nearest odd integer.



Rounds 3 up to the nearest odd integer.



Rounds 2 up to the nearest odd integer.



Rounds -1 up to the nearest odd integer.



Rounds -2 up (away from 0) to the nearest odd integer.


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