# Calculate the Interquartile Range (IQR) in Excel

## Your goal

You want to calculate the interquartile range (IQR) in Excel, but there's no IQR function.

## Step-by-step tutorial

You're right—Excel doesn't have an IQR function. That means you'll have to get your hands dirty (but only slightly) and work directly with Excel's quartile functions.

### Step 1: Put your dataset in a column

For the purposes of this tutorial, we'll use the following small dataset:

83, 87, 61, 92, 38, 78, 73, 55, 98, 74, 86, 69, 40, 83

### Step 2: Calculate the IQR from the first and third quartiles

In Excel, we have to calculate the IQR manually from quartiles. This is easy to do, as the IQR is just
Q3 - Q1. Excel has two quartile functions: `QUARTILE.EXC`

(exclusive) and
`QUARTILE.INC`

(inclusive).

There's also a legacy `QUARTILE`

function, but it's just an alias for
`QUARTILE.INC`

.

It doesn't matter much which quartile function you use, so we'll use `QUARTILE.EXC`

since that's
what Excel box and whisker plots use behind the
scenes.

Here's how to do it:

where

- Q3 in cell D1 is
`=QUARTILE.EXC(A1:A14,3)`

- Q1 in cell D2 is
`=QUARTILE.EXC(A1:A14,1)`

- The IQR in cell D3 is
`=D2-D1`

For example:

The IQR in this example is 18, based on the exclusive quartile approach.