# What do the settings on a multimeter mean?

I wanted to measure the resistance in ohms of an apple, so I plugged my digital multimeter into either end of the apple and adjusted the settings up to 200k and it gave me a reading of about 68. Because the meter was set to 200k does that mean I have to do 68 x 200000 to get the number of ohms for the apple or something else? Sorry, I'm new to all this.

• What does your multimeter manual have to say? Usually the range given is the maximum value that can be measured. – user2943160 Aug 27 '16 at 18:49
• @user2943160 it's long gone. Maybe it could be on the internet. – MrSchmuck Aug 27 '16 at 18:51
• Generally on the 200k range the multi-meter can read up to a maximum of 199. So your reading of 68 means 68k. – Steve G Aug 27 '16 at 19:04

Ranges on meters denote the maximum value that the range supports. So 200k means you can measure from 0 to 200 kΩ. All of the readings shown while using that range should be in kΩ.