# Using the formula bar as a calculator

Excel
2003

If you simply need to perform a calculation, you can use the

**Formula**bar as a calculator.
For example, enter the following formula, but don't press

**Enter**:
**= (145 * 1.05) / 12**

If you press **Enter**, Excel enters the formula into the cell. But because this formula always
returns the same result, you may prefer to store the formula's result rather than the formula. To do so,
press **F9**. The result now appears in the **Formula** bar.

Press **Enter** to store the result in the active cell. This also works if the formula uses cell
references.