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


Returns 1 if number ≥ step; returns 0 (zero) otherwise. Use this function to filter a set of values. For example, by summing several GESTEP functions you calculate the count of values that exceed a threshold.


GESTEP(number, [step])

The GESTEP function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Number    Required. The value to test against step.

  • Step    Optional. The threshold value. If you omit a value for step, GESTEP uses zero.


If any argument is nonnumeric, GESTEP returns the #VALUE! error value.


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.




=GESTEP(5, 4)

Checks whether 5 is greater than or equal to the step value, 4.


=GESTEP(5, 5)

Checks whether 5 is greater than or equal to the step value, 5.


=GESTEP(-4, -5)

Checks whether -4 is greater than or equal to the step value, -5.



Checks whether -1 is greater than the default step value, 0.


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