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How to use Excel's VLOOKUP Function
How to use VLOOKUP in Excel to retrieve specific data from a database or table of data. A step by step example is included.
Quickly Sum Columns or Rows of Numbers in Excel
The Excel SUM function makes it easy to quickly sum or add up columns, rows, or individual cells of data in a worksheet.
How to Subtract in Excel
How to subtract in Excel shows you how easy subtracting numbers in Excel can be. The tutorial includes a step by step example of how to subtract two numbers in Excel.
Excel IF Function Tutorial
Use the Excel IF function to carry out multiple actions based on conditions you specify. A step by step example is included.
Excel Beginner? Start Here
How to Use Excel is a series of free Excel tutorials for the absolute beginner. Learn about the parts of the Excel screen, how to enter data, how to use Excel formulas and functions, adding and removing columns and rows, how to create charts, and how to use Excel's format options including autoformat.
How to Multiply in Excel
How to multiply in Excel shows you how to easily multiply numbers in Excel using a formula. The tutorial includes a step by step example of how to multiply two numbers in Excel.
A Beginner's Guide to Excel Formulas
This tutorial covers basic information about formulas and includes a step by step example of how to create a formula in Excel. This tutorial is intended for those just getting started with Excel.
How to Divide in Excel
How to divide in Excel shows you how easy it is to dividing numbers in Excel can be. The tutorial includes a step by step example of how to divide two numbers in Excel.
Add Today's Date with the "TODAY" Function in...
Use the TODAY function to add today's date to a worksheet in Excel. A step by step example is included.
How to Use Excel to Count Days Between Two Dates
The tutorials listed here cover Excel functions that will count the number of days between two dates. Each tutorial includes a step by step example of using the functions.
How to Combine (Nest) the OR and IF Functions...
This tutorial covers how to use the OR function in Excel. A step by step example is included.
Learn a Basic Excel Formula with These Easy Tips
How to add in Excel shows you how easy adding numbers in Excel can be. The tutorial includes a step by step example of how to add two numbers in Excel.
5 Steps to Making/Formatting a Line Graph in...
This tutorial covers how to create and format a basic line graph in Microsoft Excel. The tutorial includes a step by step example.
An Easy Way to See All Formulas in Excel
Show formulas allows you to quickly show all the formulas in your Excel Spreadsheet. Doing so does not change your spreadsheet, just the way it is displayed. Show formulas allows you to quickly and easily check your spreadsheet for errors in your formulas.
Using "Nested" and "IF" Functions in Excel: A...
Note: These instructions will work for all versions of Excel from Excel 95 to Excel 2010. Related Tutorial:
Easy as Pie Charts in Excel
Use a pie chart in Excel to show the percentage each slice of the pie represents of the total chart value. This tutorial includes a step by step example.
Understanding Excel's RANDBETWEEN Function
Rather than getting any random number the RANDBETWEEN function lets you specify a range between two numbers it is to select from.
What is Microsoft Excel and When Would I Use it?
What is Microsoft Excel? It is an electronic spreadsheet program used for storing, organizing and manipulating data. Excel uses formulas to perform mathematical calculations ranging from the simple to the very complex. The program can also be used for graphing data.
How to Sort and Filter Data in Microsoft Excel
This step by step tutorial shows you how to create a database in Excel. The tutorial covers entering data, creating the database, and using the built in sorting and filter tools.
Using Date Functions in Excel: A Quick How-To
There are a number of date functions available in Excel. Depending on your needs, you can use a date function in Excel to return the current date, the current time, or the day of the week. This tutorial covers the most common date functions used in Excel.
How Does the CONCATENATE Function in Excel Work?
The CONCATENATE function is used to join two or more words or text strings together. This tutorial includes a step by step example of using Excel's CONCATENATE function.
A Quick Guide to Using AVERAGE Functions in Excel
Excel's AVERAGE function can be used to find the average value, or arithmetic mean, of values in a selected range of cells.
6 Ways to Sort Data in Excel
Six ways to sort data values in Excel - includes quick sorts on one column, sorting by date or time, multi-column sorts, and sorting by custom lists.
Which Excel Function Calculates the Number of...
The DATEDIF function can be used to calculate the number of days between dates. This tutorial includes a step by step example of using the DATEDIF function to calculate the number of days between two dates in Excel.
Cell Reference
Definition of the term. Spreadsheets.
How to Find the Weighted Average in Excel
This tutorial covers finding the weighted average for data using Excel's SUMPRODUCT function. A step by step example is included with the tutorial.
How to Use Excel to Add, Subtract, Divide, and...
These tutorial cover how to carry out basic math operations in Excel using formulas. The tutorials cover how to add, subtract, multiply, or divide numbers in Excel using formulas.
Make a Column Chart in Excel
This tutorial covers how to create and format a column chart in Microsoft Excel. The tutorial includes a step by step example.
Freezing Panes in Excel Keeps Information From...
Freeze panes in Excel keeps the headings at the top and down the side of the sheet from disappearing when you scroll away from the top left corner of the sheet. This tutorial includes step by step examples.
A Quick Guide to Using "IF" Functions in Excel
Using the IF function to perform calculations in Excel. A step by step example is included.
How to Generate Random Numbers with Excel's...
Generate random numbers in Excel using the RAND function. This tutorial includes a step by step example.
Worksheet
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Take Advantage of a Free Flowchart Template for...
This article walks through how to download and use the free flowchart template available from Microsoft.
A Simple Guide to Data Entry Forms in Excel
This tutorial covers how to use a data entry form to add data to a database in Excel. A step by step example of how to create and use a data entry form is included in the tutorial.
How to Save Time With Excel's Fill Down Command
This Excel tip covers using the Fill Down command in Excel using a keyboard shortcut.
Understanding Excel's Goal Seek Function
Excel's Goal Seek feature allows you to alter data in formulas to get different results. Goal Seek can be used when planning new projects. Cost projections for different scenarios can be quickly created and the results compared.
Adding/Formatting the Date and Time in Excel...
The keyboard shortcut and the functions listed below can be used to add the current date to an Excel spreadsheet. Each tutorial includes step by step examples of working with dates in Excel.
How to Use the IF Function in Excel
Excel's IF function can be used to leave cells blank when certain conditions are met. This tutorial includes a step by step example of how to leave blank cells in a worksheet using the IF function.
How to Round Numbers Up in Excel
This tutorial contains a step by step example of how to use the ROUNDUP function in Excel. Links to more examples of using the function are included.
Absolute Cell References
Definition of the term Absolute Cell Reference as used in Excel and Google Spreadsheets.
Function
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Which Function Do You Use to Find the Square...
This article covers finding the square root of numbers in Excel. The article includes a step by step example of finding square roots in Excel.
Ribbon
Definition of the term. Spreadsheets.
3 Ways to Sort by Color in Excel
Sorting by Color in Excel In addition to sorting by values - such as text or numbers -  Excel has custom
A Step by Step Guide to Setting Up an Excel...
Pivot tables makes it easy to organize and extract information from a large tables of data without the use of formulas in Excel. A step by step tutorial example is included in the tutorial.
7 DOs and DON'Ts of Data Entry in Excel
Entering data DOs and DON'Ts covers the dangers of blank rows and columns, and why locking formulas, sorting, saving, and cell references are good in Excel.
How Excel's IF Function Can Automatically Enter...
Words or text statements can be used with Excel's IF function. This tutorial includes a step by step example of how to use the IF function to enter text into a worksheet.
How to Find Duplicates in Excel With Conditiona...
This tutorial shows you how find duplicate data - formulas, numbers, dates, data records - in Excel using conditional formatting. The tutorial includes a step by step example of using conditional formatting to find duplicates in Excel.
Spreadsheet
Definition of the term spreadsheet as it is used in Excel and Google Spreadsheets.
Google Spreadsheet's IF Function
The IF function lets you set conditions and returns different results depending on whether the condition is TRUE or FALSE. A step by step example is included.
Row
: Rows run horizontally in an Excel worksheet . Each row is identified by a number in the row header
Excel Can Subtract Dates With These Commands
There are a number of functions in Excel that can be used to subtract dates. They can be used to subtract days, months, or years. The following tutorials include examples of subtracting two dates in Excel using the different date functions.
Understanding Excel's COUNT Function
Excel's COUNT function can be used to count up the number of cells containing numbers in a selected range. This tutorial includes a step by step example of using the COUNT function in Excel
Using Excel's Go To Command
The Go To feature in Excel can be used to navigate to different cells in a spreadsheet. This article includes an example of how to use the Go To feature to move to different cells.
Changing Column Widths and Row Heights in Excel...
How to change column widths and row heights in Excel and Google Spreadsheets using the mouse or menu options. Step by step are included.
6 Steps to Customizing a Column Chart in Excel
Change the column colors and show percent values for a single data series in an Excel column chart - 6 steps max. A step by step example is included.
Formula Bar
: The formula bar in Excel is located above the work area of the spreadsheet . The formula bar displays
Cell
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Range
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Learn to Use Excel's UPPER Function
The UPPER function is used to convert text to all upper case or capital letters. An example of using this function is included in the tutorial.
How to Use Excel's MAX Function
The MAX function, is used to find the largest or maximum number in a given list of values. This tutorial includes a step by step example.
Everything You Need to Know About the TRANSPOSE...
The TRANSPOSE function is used to transfer data located in a row into a column or data located in a column into a row. This tutorial includes a step by step example of using Excel's TRANSPOSE function
Active Cell
Definition of the term Active Cell as it is used in spreadsheet programs such as Excel and Google Spreadsheets.
Column
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Excel VLOOKUP Step by Step Tutorial
Excel’s VLOOKUP function can be used to find specific data that is stored in a table of data. This tutorial includes a step by step example of using Excel's VLOOKUP function.
How to Perform Basic Calculations in Excel...
This series of Excel Tutorials will teach you the basics of using formulas and functions to perform basic calculations in Excel spreadsheets.
How to Use Excel's 'REPLACE' Function to...
The REPLACE function is used to replace unwanted characters with good data. The tutorial includes a step by step example.
Troubleshooting Excel's TRIM Function
In certain circumstances the TRIM function cannot remove extra spaces from a text entry. This tutorial covers an alternative for removing extra spaces between data in Excel.
Saving Time and Effort using Excel's Fill Handle
Copy formulas, data, a series of numbers, days of the week, and month names with the Excel Fill Handle. The fill handle can be used to add a series of numbers to a spreadsheet. Step by step examples are included.
Free Excel Templates From Microsoft
This article covers templates in Excel: how to make your own as well as free templates that you can download.
Dissecting the Excel HLOOKUP Function
Excel’s HLOOKUP function is used to find specific information that has been stored in a table of data stored in a spreadsheet. This tutorial includes an example of how to use the HLOOKUP function in Excel.
How to Use the MIN Function in Excel
The MIN function is used to find the smallest or minimum value in a given list of numbers. This tutorial includes a step by step example on using the MIN function in Excel.
A Free Excel Biweekly Time Sheet Template from...
This article shows you how to quickly download and use a free employee time sheet template in Excel.
Relative Cell References
Definition of the term Relative Cell Reference as it is used in spreadsheet programs such as Excel and Google Spreadsheets.
Dialog Box
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How to Select All Cells in an Excel Worksheet
This Excel tip covers how to select all cells in Excel using a keyboard shortcut.
Select an Entire Row in Excel Using Shortcut Keys
This Excel shortcut keys tutorial shows you how to quickly select an entire row in a worksheet using just the keyboard.
10 Simple Steps to Using Excel's 'DEGREES'...
The DEGREES function in Excel converts angles measured in radians to degrees. This tutorial includes a step by step example of converting radians to degrees
Here's How to Fix '#REF!' Errors in Excel
A #REF! error message in Excel refers to an invalid cell reference. Read the article to find the causes and cures for this common problem.
Select Non-Adjacent Cells in Excel With...
This Excel shortcut keys tutorial shows you how to select non-adjacent cells in Excel using the keyboard and mouse.
How to Use the AutoMAX Function in Excel
Excel's AutoMAX feature is a shortcut to using the MAX function to find the largest number in a range of data. A step by step example is included.
Argument
Definition of the term arguments as used in Excel and Google Spreadsheets
Syntax
Spreadsheet definition - Syntax. This glossary entry defines the term syntax as it is used in Excel and Google Spreadsheets
How to Use Headers and Footers in Excel
Headers and footers are used to add the same information on every page of the spreadsheet without actually typing the information on each page. Headers and footers often contain company information as well as the date, time and filename of the spreadsheet.
Bothered by Excel AutoComplete? Here's How to...
This quick tip covers how to turn AutoComplete on or off in Excel.
Using a Dynamic Range in Excel Formulas
Excel's INDIRECT function makes it easy to create a dynamic range of cell references in formulas without having to edit the formula itself. This tutorial combines INDIRECT with the SUM function to create an easy way to change the range of data added up by the formula. A step by step example is included.
Understanding Excel's Conditional Formatting
Using formulas to customize conditional formatting rules in Excel. This tutorial uses a date formula and conditional formatting to highlight past due dates. A step by step example is included.
An Easy Guide to Using Negative Number...
This tutorial covers how to format negative numbers in Excel to display in a different color. A step by step example is included in the tutorial.
Identifying Excel Screen Elements
This labeled diagram identifies the main elements of the Excel screen. Descriptions for each element are included.
What is a Mixed Cell Reference in Excel?
Mixed Cell Reference. Spreadsheets Terms - Definition of the term mixed cell reference as used in spreadsheets such as Excel.
Workbook
Definition of the term workbook as it is used in Excel and Google Spreadsheets.
2 Ways to Select Bar Graph Data in Excel
This tutorial covers creating a bar graph (or column chart in Microsoft Excel. This tutorial includes a step by step example of creating a bar graph in Excel.
How Conditional Formatting Works in Excel
Adding conditional formatting to a cell in Excel allows you to apply different formatting options, such as color, to a cell or cells based on the data entered into the cell(s). This tutorial includes an example of using conditional formatting to find above and below average values.
How to Use Freeze Panes to Lock Columns and...
Lock Columns and Rows in Excel 2003 with Freeze Panes Related tutorial: Excel 2007 / 2010 Freeze Panes
Name Box
Definition of the term Name Box as it is used in Excel and Google Spreadsheets.
Google Spreadsheets AVERAGE Function
The AVERAGE function in Google Spreadsheets can be used to find the average value, or arithmetic mean, of values in a selected range of cells. A step by step example is included with this tutorial.
Creating Custom Conditional Formatting Rules in...
Use formulas to create custom conditional formatting rules in Excel. This tutorial includes a step by step example on using a formula to create a custom conditional formatting rule.
Highlight Cells
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10 Steps to Change Excel Text to Proper Case
The PROPER function is used to convert text data to proper case letters (combination upper and lower case). A step by step example is included with this tutorial.
Data
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Comparison Operator
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Need a Timeline Template for Excel? This One's...
Among the templates offered for free by Microsoft is one for creating a timeline in Excel. This template works in all versions from Excel 97 on. This article walks through how to download and use the timeline template in Excel.
How to Select All the Cells in a Data Table...
This Excel tip covers how to select all cells in an Excel data table using a keyboard shortcut.
Macros
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Choosing the Right Graph - Excel Graphs and...
This article covers the main types of Excel graphs and their uses. The graphs covered include the bar graph, line graph, scatter plot graph, and the pie chart.
Chart
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Tips and Tricks for Formulas in Microsoft Excel
This list of Excel tips on formulas will give you straightforward answers on how to carry out a variety of tasks related to formulas in Microsoft Excel.
Performing Calculations With Excel's IF Function
The IF function is one of Excel's most useful functions. What it does is test to see whether a certain condition is true or false. This tutorial covers using the IF function to perform calculations on spreadsheet data.
How to Use the AutoCOUNT Function in Excel
Excel's AutoCount feature uses the COUNT function to total cells in a range that contain numbers. Astep by step example is included with the tutorial.
How to Fix '#####' Error Messages in Excel
A ##### error message in Excel can be caused by several factors. This article discusses the causes and cures for this common error in Excel.
Undoing Changes or Mistakes in Excel
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How to Count the Days Between Dates in Excel...
Converting imported text to dates in an Excel worksheet using the DATEVALUE function. A step by step example is included.
Here's What a 'Table Array' Is in Spreadsheet...
Table Array. Spreadsheets terms - definition of the term table array as used in spreadsheets such as Excel.
How to Print the Gridlines and Headings on Your...
This article shows you how to print gridlines and headings in Excel. A step by step example is included showing you how to print gridlines and headings in Excel.
Understanding Excel's Number Format's Options
Formatting numbers in Excel spreadsheets is used to change the look of the numbers in the cell. The most common formatting options are currency, comma, date, accounting and percent, although there are more options available.
Google Spreadsheet Formula Tutorial
This tutorial covers creating and using a simple Google Spreadsheet formula. The tutorial includes a step by step example of creating a Google Spreadsheet formula.
10 Spreadsheet Terms Every Excel User Should Know
Ten of the most common spreadsheet terms and definitions used in programs such as Excel, Microsoft Works, and Google Docs Spreadsheets
Rounding Numbers in Excel Online
Use the ROUND function in Excel Online to round numbers up or down a set number of decimal places or digits. A step by step example is included.
How to Use the COUNT Function in Google...
The COUNT function in Google Spreadsheets is used to count up the cells in a selected range that contain numbers - the function ignores blank cells, text and other types of data. This tutorial includes a step by step example .
How to Subtract in Google Spreadsheets
How to subtract in Google Spreadsheets shows you how easy subtracting numbers can be. The tutorial includes a step by step example of how to subtract two numbers in Google Spreadsheets.
Excel SUM OFFSET Formula Tutorial
By combining Excel's OFFSET function with the SUM function you can create formulas that will find totals for dynamic ranges of data.
How to Use QUOTIENT Functions in Excel
The QUOTIENT function is used to divide numbers in Excel. This tutorial includes an example to walk you through using the QUOTIENT function.
How to Use 'DAYS360' Functions in Excel
The Excel DAYS360 Function can be used in accounting systems to calculate the number of days between two dates based on a 360-day year(twelve 30-day months). This tutorial includes a step by step example of using the DAYS360 function in Excel.
How to Use Excel's 'SINE' Function
Excel's list of functions includes a number of the most common trigonometric functions. These include the SIN function which gives you the sine of an angle measured in radians.
How to Convert Angles from Degrees to Radians...
Use Excel's RADIANS function to convert an angle measured in degrees into radians so that it can be used with one of Excel's trig functions.
Formatting Cells in Excel Can Make Information...
Excel Formatting is a way to make your spreadsheets easier to read and understand the important data. This series of Excel articles and tutorials, takes you through the process of formatting your Excel spreadsheets.
A Quick Guide to Formatting Spreadsheets with...
Excel's format painter allows you to quickly copy formatting from one cell or group of cells to another part of the spreadsheet. It is very useful when extending a spreadsheet to accommodate new data and you need to format the new cells to match the original data area.
How to Use the COUNTIF Function in a Google...
The COUNTIF function in a Google Spreadsheets is used to count up the number of cells in a selected range that meet criteria that you specify. An example of using the COUNTIF function is included in this tutorial.
Learn How to Add Borders Instantly in Excel...
This Excel shortcut keys tutorial shows you how to quickly add a border to selected cells in Excel using a keyboard shortcut.
How to Make a Stock Market High, Low, and Close...
This tutorial covers creating a High-Low-Close stock market chart in Microsoft Excel. The tutorial includes a step by step example of creating a High-Low-Close stock market chart in Excel.
Label
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A Quick Guide to Using "COUNTA" Functions in...
Excel's COUNTA function only counts cells that contain data such as text, numbers, or formulas. It will ignore blank or empty cells in a range. This tutorial includes a step by step example.
A Quick Guide to Using Excel's Database Functions
Excel has a number of database functions that make it easy to summarize information from large tables of data. This list of tutorials show you how to use each database function and include an example.
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