An Excel formula is an equation or calculation that is stored in a worksheet cell. A formula enables you to perform simple or complex calculations on numbers. So think of any scenario that involves addition, subtraction, division, or multiplication and that's where you'd use a formula.
Functions are built-in formulas that have been programmed to perform a specific calculation. They range from simple such as SUM and AVERAGE (used to calculate the total and average of numbers in a range of cells) to the powerful IF and VLOOKUP.
Functions aren't limited to calculating numeric data. They can save you a ton of time when working with text and dates too.
- Need to calculate someone's age from their date of birth?
- Need to combine text items from several cells into a single cell?
- Need to convert a list of lowercase text items to capital letters?
- Need to compare items in two lists?
All of the above (and much more!) can be done by using Excel functions.
Why should you Attend
Although it is perfectly possible to use Excel without ever creating a formula if you don't, you're missing out on a huge part of the application's power.
Learning how to create formulas will automate your calculations and save you a ton of time. No more using your fingers. No more mental arithmetic. No more using the calculator app on your Smartphone! Let Excel do the work for you!
Excel has over 450 built-in Worksheet Functions (pre-defined formulas). Nobody needs to know them all however, no matter what your job role is, no matter what industry you work in, there are some key Functions that everyone should know how to use. This training will address those Functions.
Areas Covered in the Session
- Creating formulas to perform mathematical calculations
- Copying a formula - the Gotchas you need to know about
- Cell Names - how to make formulas logical and understandable
- Combining text strings from multiple cells
- Converting text from lowercase to uppercase and vice versa
- Performing calculations on dates and times
- Logical functions (IF, COUNTIF, SUMIF, and more)
- VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, INDEX, and MATCH
- Trapping Errors - Using functions to bullet-proof your worksheets
- Creating complex functions the easy way
Who Will Benefit
- Any Excel user who needs to go beyond the basics of using formulas or simply wants to become more comfortable and productive in using Excel formulas and functions
- Any Excel user who deals with large lists needs these tools and techniques to effectively manage the lists and become more productive. Nearly all Excel users, except for those just getting started, are candidates for this webinar
Mike Thomas has worked in the IT training business since 1989. He is a subject matter expert in a range of technologies including Microsoft Office and Apple Mac. In 2012 He founded theexceltrainer.co.uk where he has produced nearly 200 written and video-based Excel tutorials. He has recorded several Excel training courses for pluralsight.com and in his career delivered hundreds of courses and webinars on a wide variety of technology-related topics.
Mike is a Fellow of The Learning and Performance Institute and has worked with and for a large number of global and UK-based companies and organisations across a diverse range of sectors. In addition to training, he also designs and develops Microsoft Office-based solutions that automate key business tasks and processes.