# Excel VDB Function

This post will guide you how to use **Excel VDB function** with syntax and examples in Microsoft excel.

### Description

The Excel VDB function calculates the depreciation of an asset for a specified period based on the double declining balance method. And it will return a numeric value.

The VDB function is a build-in function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a Financial Function.

The VDB function is available in Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2011 for Mac.

### Syntax

The syntax of the VDB function is as below:

= VDB (cost, salvage, life, start_period, end_period, [factor], [no_switch])

Where the VDB function arguments are:

**Cost**-This is a required argument. The initial cost of the asset.**Salvage**-This is a required argument. The value of the asset at the end of the depreciation.**Life**-This is a required argument. The number of periods over which the asset is to be depreciated.**Start_period**-This is a required argument. The starting period for which you want to calculate the depreciation.**End_period**-This is a required argument. The ending period for which you want to calculate the depreication.**Factor**-This is an optional argument. It is specified the rate of depreciation.**No_switch**-This is a required argument. A logical value specifying whether to switch to straight-line depreciation when depreciation is greater than the declining balance calculation. And it can be either a value of TRUE or FALSE.

TRUE | Using declining balance method of depreciation. |

FALSE | Using the straight-line depreciation method when the straight-line depreciation is greater than the declining balance depreciation amount. |

### Excel VDB Function Examples

The below examples will show you how to use Excel VDB Function to calculate the straight line depreciation of an asset for one period.

**#1** to get the depreciation between the 7^{th} and 12^{th} month for an asset that cost 3000, with a salvage value of 500, and the useful life of the asset is 5, using the following formula:

=VDB(B1,B2,B3*12,7,12)

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