Excel tutorials, functions and advanced formula examples

IF AND formula in Excel

On our blog, we already have a handful of Excel IF tutorials and still discover new uses every day. Today, we are going to look at how you can use IF together with the AND function to evaluate two or more conditions at the same time. Continue reading

How to find, highlight and label a data point in Excel scatter plot

In situations when there are many points in a scatter graph, it could be a real challenge to spot a particular one. Professional data analysts often use third-party add-ins for this, but there is a quick and easy technique to identify the position of any data point by means of Excel. Continue reading

How to create a scatter plot in Excel

When looking at two columns of quantitative data in your Excel spreadsheet, what do you see? Just two sets of numbers. Do you want to see how the two sets are related to each other? The scatter plot is the ideal graph choice for this. Continue reading

Excel IF OR function with formula examples

IF is one of the most popular Excel functions and very useful on its own. Combined with the logical functions such as AND, OR, and NOT, the IF function has even more value because it allows you to test multiple conditions in desired combinations. Continue reading

How to subtract in Excel: formula for numbers, percentages, dates and times

Subtraction is one of the four basic arithmetic operations, and every primary school pupil knows that to subtract one number from another you use the minus sign. This good old method also works for subtracting numbers and cells in Excel. Continue reading

How to add a line in Excel graph (average line, benchmark, baseline, etc.)

In situations when you want to compare the actual values with the target you wish to achieve, you can draw a horizontal line in your Excel graph such as an average line, baseline or target line. This can be done by combining two different chart types in the same graph. Continue reading

How to use Goal Seek in Excel for What-If analysis

What-If Analysis is one of the most powerful Excel features and one of the least understood. In most general terms, it allows you to test out various scenarios and determine a range of possible outcomes. In this tutorial, we will focus on one of What-If Analysis tools - Goal Seek. Continue reading

How to create a line graph in Excel

The line graph is one of the simplest and easiest-to-make charts in Excel. Line charts are commonly used in statistics and science because they show trends clearly and are easy to plot. Continue reading

Excel AutoCorrect: how to customize or turn off

Excel AutoCorrect is designed to correct misspelled words automatically as you type, but in fact it is more than just correction. Continue reading

How to spell check in Excel

Although Microsoft Excel is not a word processing program, it does have a few features to work with text, including the spell-checking facility. However, spell check in Excel is not exactly the same as in Word. Continue reading

Ultimate Suite 2018.4 is out!

We have finally released Ultimate Suite 2018.4. Learn more about the new tools, essential changes, and improvements. Continue reading

Excel TRANSPOSE function to rotate data from columns to rows

Some Excel users prefer organizing data vertically in columns while others choose horizontal arrangement in rows. In situations when you need to quickly change the orientation of a given range, TRANSPOSE is the function to use. Continue reading

Linear regression analysis in Excel

Run regression analysis in Excel to get the answers to the following questions: Which factors matter and which can be ignored? How closely are these factors related to each other? And how certain can you be about the predictions? Continue reading

How to use LINEST function in Excel - formula examples

In this tutorial, intended for beginners, we will touch only lightly on theory and calculations behind the Excel LINEST function. Our main focus will be on providing you with a formula that simply works and which you can easily customize for your data. Continue reading

How to convert text to number in Excel

Sometimes values in your Excel worksheets look like numbers, but they don't add up, don't multiply and produce errors in formulas. A common reason for this is numbers formatted as text. This tutorial will teach you how to convert numeric strings to actual numbers. Continue reading

Excel VALUE function to convert text to numbers

Normally, Microsoft Excel recognizes numbers stored as text and converts them to the numerical format automatically. However, if the data is in a format that Excel cannot recognize, numeric values can be left as text making calculations impossible. Continue reading

How to get absolute value in Excel: ABS function with formula examples

One of the fundamental things we know about numbers is that they can be positive and negative. But sometimes you may need to use only positive numbers, and that's where the absolute value comes in handy. Continue reading

How to create Pareto chart in Excel

Do you want to know the principle causes to which you should devote the most efforts? It is what the Pareto principle, or the law of the vital few, is all about. Continue reading

How to freeze rows and columns in Excel

When working with large datasets in Excel, you may often want to lock certain rows or columns so that you can view their contents while scrolling to another area of the worksheet. This can be easily done by using the Freeze Panes command and a few other features. Continue reading

Excel slicers for pivot tables and charts

Excel PivotTable is a powerful way to summarize large amounts of data and create summary reports. To make your reports more user-friendly and interactive, add visual filters, aka slicers, to them. Continue reading

Excel Nested IF statement: examples, best practices and alternatives

Though very popular, the nested IF statement is not the only way to check multiple conditions in Excel. In this tutorial, you will find a handful of alternatives that are definitely worth exploring. Continue reading

Excel CHOOSE function with formula examples

CHOOSE is one of those Excel functions that may not look useful on their own, but combined with other functions give a number of awesome benefits. At the most basic level, you use the CHOOSE function to get a value from a list by specifying the position of that value. Continue reading

How to turn off Scroll Lock in Excel

Just imagine this. You are working in Excel when all of a sudden you notice that you cannot move from cell to cell normally - instead of getting to the next cell, your arrow keys scroll the whole worksheet. Don't panic - simply turn the Scroll Lock off. Continue reading

If VLOOKUP in Google Sheets is not working

How to do a Vlookup without errors in Google Sheets? Take a closer look at the most common mistakes made when working with the VLOOKUP function. Continue reading

How to do subscript and superscript in Excel for text and numbers

In this tutorial, you will learn many different ways to do superscript and subscript in Excel: keyboard shortcuts, custom formats, writing superscripted and subscripted characters with a mouse, and more. Continue reading

The Compare Sheets tool for Excel is out!

I am happy to let you know that the Compare Sheets tool is finally out! You can find it in Ablebits Ultimate Suite for Excel 2018.3. Continue reading

How to calculate days since or until date in Excel

Are you stuck with calculating how many days there are since a certain date or until date? This tutorial will teach you an easy way to add and subtract days from date in Excel. With our formulas you can quickly calculate 90 days from date, 45 days before date, and count whatever number of days you need. Continue reading

Ultimate Suite 2018.3 is released!

I am glad to let you know that we have finally released Ultimate Suite 2018.3. In this post, you will find a list of the essential changes and improvements. Continue reading

How to alphabetize tabs in Excel

There is only one method to rearrange worksheets in Excel - drag them to the desired position on the sheet tab bar. When it comes to alphabetizing tabs in a large Excel file, this may be a long and erroneous way. This tutorial shows a couple of time-saving alternatives. Continue reading

Calculate and highlight 90/60/30 days from or before today in Excel

Are you looking to calculate the expiration date that is exactly 90 days from now? Or you need to know the date that occurred 60 days before today? Whatever your task is, this tutorial will teach you how to make your own date calculator in Excel in under 5 minutes. Continue reading

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