Excel tutorials, functions and advanced formula examples

Excel cell reference: how to make and use

As simple as it seems, Excel cell reference confuses many users. How is a cell address defined in Excel? What is an absolute and relative reference and when each should be used? In this tutorial, you will find answers to these and many more questions. Continue reading

Structured reference in Excel tables

One of the most useful features of Excel tables are structured references. When you have just stumbled upon a special syntax for referencing tables, it may look boring and confusing, but after experimenting a bit you will surely see how useful and cool this feature is. Continue reading

How to do Spearman correlation in Excel

When doing correlation analysis in Excel, in most cases you will deal with the Pearson correlation. But when the underlying assumptions of the Pearson correlation (continuous variables, linearity, and normality) are not met, you can do the Spearman rank correlation instead of Pearson's. Continue reading

Correlation in Excel: coefficient, matrix and graph

One of the simplest statistical calculations that you can do in Excel is correlation. Though simple, it is very useful in understanding the relations between two or more variables. Microsoft Excel provides all the necessary tools to run correlation analysis, you just need to know how to use them. Continue reading

Excel trendline types, equations and formulas

It is very easy to add a trendline in Excel. The only real challenge is to choose the trendline type that best corresponds to the type of data you are analyzing. In this tutorial, you will find the detailed description of all the trendline options available in Excel and when to use them. Continue reading

How to add trendline in Excel

When plotting data in a graph, you may often want to visualize the general trend in your data. This can be done by adding a trendline to a chart. Luckily, Microsoft Excel has made inserting a trend line very easy, especially in newer versions. Continue reading

How to delete blank rows in Excel quickly and safely

Empty lines can cause a lot of havoc to your worksheets on different levels and deleting them manually can be a time-consuming and error-prone process. In this article, you will learn a few simple and reliable methods to remove blank rows from your Excel worksheets. Continue reading

How to copy and move sheets in Excel

There may be many situations when you need to create a new spreadsheet based on an existing one or move a tab from one Excel file to another. Luckily, there exist a few easy and quick ways to duplicate sheets in Excel. Continue reading

How to duplicate sheet in Excel with VBA

Duplicating multiple sheets multiple times manually is boring and time consuming. In this tutorial, you will find a handful of macros to automate this task. Continue reading

How to remove blank cells in Excel

Empty cells are not bad if you are intentionally leaving them in right places for aesthetic reasons. But blank cells in wrong places are certainly undesirable. Luckily, there is a relatively easy way to remove blanks in Excel. Continue reading

How to delete blank columns in Excel

The prospect of reviewing all the columns in your worksheet and removing the empty ones manually is definitely something you'd want to avoid. Luckily, Microsoft Excel provides a great lot of different features, and by using those features in creative ways you can cope with almost any task. Continue reading

How to join tables in Excel: Power Query vs. Merge Tables Wizard

Combining data from multiple tables is one of the most daunting tasks in Excel. If you decide to do it manually, you may spend hours only to find out that you've messed up important information. The good news for all Excel users - Power Query or Merge Tables Wizard can be your time-saver. Continue reading

How to combine first and last name in Excel

In most situations, first and last names are stored in two separate columns, but occasionally you may need to combine two names in one cell. Luckily, the days of merging anything manually are over. In this tutorial, you will find some quick tricks to combining names in Excel that will save you a lot of boring time. Continue reading

How to merge two or more tables in Excel

It is a very common situation when different pieces of data are dispersed across many worksheets and workbooks. Fortunately, Excel provides a few tools to combine data from multiple tables into one, and this tutorial will teach you how to use these tools most effectively. Continue reading

How to make and use a data table in Excel

You have built a complex formula dependent on multiple variables and want to know how changing those inputs changes the results. Instead of testing each variable individually, set up a What-if analysis data table and observe all the possibilities with a quick glance! Continue reading

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

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