Posts Tagged 'Excel functions'

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

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

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

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

Excel IFERROR with VLOOKUP - elegant way to trap errors

Excel VLOOKUP and IFERROR - these two functions may be pretty hard to understand separately, let alone when they are combined. In this article, you will find a few easy-to-follow examples that address common uses and clearly illustrate the formula logic. Continue reading

Excel substring: how to extract text from cell

Although there is no such thing as Substring function in Excel, there exist three Text functions to extract text of a given length from a cell. Additionally, there are FIND and SEARCH functions to get a substring before or after a specific character. Continue reading

How to divide in Excel and handle #DIV/0! error

As with other basic math operations, Microsoft Excel provides several ways to divide numbers and cells. Which one to use depends on your personal preferences and a particular task you need to solve. Continue reading

Excel IFERROR function with formula examples

"Give me a formula, and I shall make it return an error," an Excel user would say. In this tutorial, we won't be looking at how to return errors in Excel, we'd rather learn how to prevent them in order to keep your worksheets clean and your formulas transparent. Continue reading

Excel TODAY function to insert today's date and more

You want to put today's date in some cell? Or you wish to highlight the current date in your Excel calendar? Or you'd like to find the date closest to today? All this can be done by using the Excel TODAY function and this tutorial will teach you how. Continue reading

Excel MOD function to get remainder and more

The Excel MOD function is designed to get the division remainder, but it can do much more than its original purpose. In this tutorial, you will find a few non-trivial uses of MOD in Excel that may prove useful in your worksheets. Continue reading

Excel RANK functions with formula examples

When you need to determine the relative position of a number in a list of numbers, the easiest way is to sort the numbers in ascending or descending order. If for some reason sorting is not possible, the Excel RANK function is the perfect tool to do the job. Continue reading

Basic Excel formulas & functions with examples

Being primarily designed as a spreadsheet program, Microsoft Excel is extremely powerful and versatile when it comes to calculating numbers or solving math and engineering problems. This tutorial aims to teach you the essentials of Excel functions and show how to use basic formulas in Excel. Continue reading

How to square root in Excel: SQRT function and other ways

Squaring a number and finding a square root are very common operations if mathematics. But how do you do square root in Excel? Either by using the SQRT function or by raising a number to the power of 1/2. Continue reading

How to calculate standard deviation in Excel

In statistics, the arithmetic mean and standard deviation are two closely related concepts. But while the former is understood by most, the latter is comprehended by few. The aim of this tutorial is shed some light on what the standard deviation is and how to calculate it in Excel. Continue reading

Mean, median and mode in Excel

When analyzing numerical data, you may often be looking for some way to find the "typical" value. For this purpose, you can use one of the so-called measures of central tendency such as arithmetic mean, median or mode. Continue reading

How to calculate median in Excel

The median is one of the three main measures of central tendency, which is commonly used in statistics for finding the center of a data sample or population. Continue reading

Lookup in Excel: functions and formula examples

Looking up a specific value within a dataset is one of the most common tasks in Excel. And yet, there exists no "universal" lookup formula suited for all situations. In this tutorial, you will find an overview of the most popular Excel Lookup functions with formula examples and in-depth tutorials linked for your reference. Continue reading

Excel LOOKUP function with formula examples

There are a handful of different ways to look up and match in Excel. This tutorial discusses the LOOKUP function that is designed to handle the simplest cases of vertical and horizontal lookup. Continue reading

How to use Excel Hyperlink function to create different link types

There are many ways to create a hyperlink in Excel. If you plan to insert many identical or similar hyperlinks, the fastest way is to use a Hyperlink formula, which makes it easier to insert, copy and edit hyperlinks. Continue reading

How to Vlookup to return multiple matches in Excel

When using Microsoft Excel for data analysis, you may often find yourself in situations when you need to get all matches based on a specific id, name, email address or some other unique identifier. An immediate solution that comes to mind is using the Excel VLOOKUP function, but the problem is that it can only return a single match. Continue reading

Excel MID function - basic uses and advanced formula examples

MID is one of the Text functions that Microsoft Excel provides for manipulating text strings. At the most basic level, it is used to extract a substring from the middle of the text string. The tutorial explains the specificities of the Excel MID function and shows a few creative uses to accomplish challenging tasks. Continue reading

Video: Conditional formatting based on another cell

Learn how to quickly highlight entire rows based on another cell value in Excel. Continue reading

How to use Excel RIGHT function - formula examples

Today our focus is on the RIGHT function, which is designed to return a specified number of characters from the rightmost side of a string. Like other Text functions, RIGHT is very simple and straightforward, nevertheless it has a few unobvious uses that might prove helpful in your work. Continue reading

Excel LEFT function with formula examples

The tutorial shows how to use the LEFT function in Excel to get a substring from the beginning of the text string, extract text before a certain character, force a Left formula to return a number, and more. Continue reading

Excel TEXT function with formula examples

Microsoft Excel is all about numbers, and in your worksheets, you are likely to deal with numbers most of the time. However, there are situations when you do need to convert numbers to text, and it is where the TEXT function steps in. Continue reading

How to use MATCH function in Excel - formula examples

There exist many different Excel lookup functions for finding a certain value in a range of cells, and MATCH is one of them. Basically, it identifies a relative position of an item in a range of cells, however, the Excel MATCH function can do much more than its pure essence. Continue reading

How to compare two Excel files for differences

In this video you will learn 4 ways you can find differences in excel tables: view files side by side, use formulas or conditional formatting to see updates, Compare and Merge shared spreadsheets, and see a special add-in for comparing two Excel files. Continue reading

How to use HLOOKUP in Excel with formula examples

The tutorial explains the specificities of the Excel Hlookup function and how to use it most efficiently. Among other things, you will learn Hlookup formulas to search with approximate and exact match, from another sheet and workbook, case-sensitive horizontal lookup, and more. Continue reading

Excel nested IF statement - multiple conditions in a single formula

If someone asks you what Excel function you use most often, what would your answer be? In most cases, it's the Excel IF function. A regular If formula is very straightforward and easy to write. But what if your data requires more elaborate logical tests with multiple conditions? Continue reading

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