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Excel EVEN Function

EVEN is a function in Excel that rounds up a number to the nearest even integer.  This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in using the EVEN function.  

Figure 1. Final result: Excel EVEN function

Syntax of the EVEN Function

=EVEN(number)

  • number – the value we want to round
  • If number is an even integer, no rounding occurs  
  • EVEN function returns the #VALUE! error if the argument number is not a numeric value

Setting up our Data

Our data consists of two columns : Number (column B) and Result (column C).  Column B contains the numbers we want to round using the EVEN function. The results will be recorded in column C.  

Figure 2. Sample data for the EVEN function

Round up to nearest even integer using EVEN function

We want to round up the numbers to the nearest even integer using the EVEN function.  Let us follow these steps:

Step 1.  Select cell C3

Step 2.  Enter the formula: =EVEN(B3)

Step 3.  Press ENTER

Step 4:  Copy the formula in cell C3 to cells C4:C9 by clicking the “+” icon at the bottom-right corner of cell C3 and dragging it down

Figure 3. Entering the formula for the EVEN function

As shown in cell C3, our formula rounds up the value “3” to the nearest even integer, which is “4”.  

Below table shows all numbers in column B being rounded up to the nearest even integer by the EVEN function.  

For numbers 2 and -2, no rounding occurs because these numbers are already even.  For the numbers 0.5 and 1.5, both are rounded up to the next even integer “2”, skipping the integer “1” because “1” is not even.  For the numbers -1 and -3, these numbers are rounded to -2 and -4, respectively.  

Figure 4. Output:  Rounding up to nearest even integer using EVEN function

Note that the EVEN function always rounds a number away from zero.  Hence, a positive number becomes more positive or larger in value, while a negative number also becomes more negative, or smaller in value.  

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