# MINUS Function in Google Sheets: Explained

## What is the MINUS function in Google Sheets?

The MINUS function in Google Sheets subtracts one value from another. Note that the MINUS formula takes only two values as input and that the MINUS function doesn’t take an array or range as arguments but only a single value or a cell.

## How to use the MINUS formula in Google Sheets

Here's the syntax for the function:

``=MINUS(value1, value2)``

value1: The value or cell reference to subtract from.

value2: The value or cell reference to subtract.

For example, if you want to deduct 1 from 2, you can use the following formula:

``=MINUS(2,1)``

Another example is that, if you wanted to subtract the value in cell A1 from the value in cell A2, you could use the following formula:

``=MINUS(B4, C4)``

This would return the result of the subtraction.

## What is the alternative to the MINUS function in Google Sheets?

You can use a minus sign “-” as an operator for subtraction in Google Sheets. For instance, if you want to subtract 1 from 2, you can insert the following formula in a cell:

``=2-1``

A cell reference can be used in addition. For example, if you want to subtract 1 in cell B1 from 2 in cell C1, the formula would be as follows:

``=C1-B1``

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