A **parallelogram** is a quadrilateral in which the opposite sides are parallel and equal.

To calculate the area of a parallelogram, you multiply the base by the height:

Area = base * height

For example, if the base is 4 inches and the height is 6 inches then the area is calculated as:

Area = **4** inches * **6** inches = **24** inches^{2}

The following example shows how to calculate the area of a parallelogram in Excel.

**Example: How to Calculate Area of Parallelogram in Excel**

To calculate the area of a parallelogram in Excel, you need to type the value for the height in one cell, the value for the base in another cell, and then simply multiply these two values together.

For example, if the value for the height is in cell **C9** and the value for the base is in cell **D9**, then you can type the following formula into cell **E9** to calculate the area of the parallelogram:

=C9*D9

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice:

Cell **E9** returns a value of **3**.

Note that we simply clicked and dragged the formula in cell **E9** down to each remaining cell in column E to calculate the area of various parallelograms with different values for the height and base.

For example:

- The area of a parallelogram with a height of 1 and base of 3 is 1*3 =
**3** - The area of a parallelogram with a height of 2 and base of 4 is 2*4 =
**8** - The area of a parallelogram with a height of 3 and base of 5 is 3*5 =
**15**

And so on.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common operations in Excel:

Excel: How to Multiply Column by a Percentage

Excel: How to Multiply Column by a Constant

Excel: How to Multiply Two Columns and then Sum