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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.
How to Quickly Add Columns or Rows of Numbers...
The Excel SUM function makes it easy to quickly sum columns, rows, or individual cells of data in a worksheet.
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.
Excel Line Graphs in 5 Simple Steps
This tutorial covers how to create and format a basic line graph in Microsoft Excel. The tutorial includes a step by step example.
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 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.
Trouble Dividing in Excel? Follow This Easy Guide
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.
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.
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.
Using Excel's IF Function
The IF function allows for decision making in Excel. This tutorial includes a step by step example of using the IF function in Excel.
How to Unhide Columns in Excel
This tutorial shows you how, with a click of the mouse, you can easily unhide columns in Excel spreadsheets - including Column A.
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.
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.
How to Use "TODAY" Functions to Add the Current...
The TODAY function can be used to add today's date to a spreadsheet. This tutorial includes a step by step example of using Excel's TODAY function.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Beginner's Guide to Microsoft Excel and Its...
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 Excel's Nested IF Functions Work
Related Tutorial: - Excel Nested IF Function Step by Step Tutorial What the IF function does The IF function
How to Unhide Rows in Excel
This tutorial shows you how, with a click of the mouse, you can easily unhide rows in Excel spreadsheets.
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 Are Formulas Used in Spreadsheets?
Definition of the term. Spreadsheets.
How to Create a Named Range in Excel
This quick tip shows you how to create a named range in Excel. A named range can be used to identify the cells used in charts, functions and formulas. Using named ranges is often easier to use than trying to identify the cell references needed for a formula.
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.
A Quick Guide to Using "IF" Functions in Excel
This series of articles and tutorials the basics of using IF functions to perform calculations in Excel.
What Is an Excel Worksheet?
: A worksheet or sheet is a single page in a file created with an electronic spreadsheet programs such
Make a Column Chart in Excel
This tutorial covers creating a column chart in Microsoft Excel. The tutorial includes a step by step example of creating a column chart in Excel.
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.
Understanding Absolute Cell References
Definition of the term Absolute Cell Reference in Excel and other spreadsheets.
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 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.
How to Use Excel's ROUND Function
The ROUND function is used to reduce a number to a specific number of decimal places. This tutorial includes a step by step example of using Excel's ROUND function.
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.
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.
How Does Excel's IF Function Work?
The IF function tests to see if a certain condition in a spreadsheet is true or false. This tutorial includes an example of using the IF function in Excel.
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.
What Is the Ribbon Feature in Excel?
Definition of the term. Spreadsheets.
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.
How Cell References Work in Excel
Definition of the term. Spreadsheets.
How to Use Excel's Vlookup Function
This tutorial is a text only version of how to use Excel's VLOOKUP function. It is intended for those familiar with Excel functions.
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.
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.
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.
Which Function Should You Use for Rounding...
The ROUNDUP function, one of Excel's math functions, is used to round a number upwards towards the next highest number. This tutorial includes a step by step example of using Excel's ROUNDUP function.
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.
How Functions Operate in Excel
Definition of the term. Spreadsheets.
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.
Here's What a 'Spreadsheet' Really Is
Definition of the term spreadsheet.
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.
A How-To Guide On Data Entry in Microsoft Excel
Learn how to enter data into an Excel spreadsheet. Topics covered include planning the spreadsheet, cells and cell references, data types, widening columns and editing cells.
How to Add the Date in Excel With Just a...
This Excel shortcut keys tutorial shows you how to add the current date to a worksheet using a keyboard key combination.
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
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
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.
How to Sort Data by Cell Color in Excel
This tutorial uses a step by step example to show you how to sort data by cell color 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.
How to Hide Columns in Excel
This tutorial shows you how, with a click of the mouse, you can easily hide columns 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 Use Google Spreadsheet's UF Function
The IF function in Google Spreadsheet tests to see if a certain condition in a spreadsheet is true or false. This tutorial includes a step by step example.
How to Make Pivot Tables in Excel
These tutorials cover how to create a pivot table in Excel. Each tutorial includes a step by step example of how to create a pivot table in Excel.
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
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.
Excel 101: What's a Cell?
: In any spreadsheet program such as Excel, each rectangular box in a worksheet is referred to as a cell.
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 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.
Change Column Widths in Excel
There are a number of ways to change column widths in Excel spreadsheets. This step by step tutorial shows you three ways of accomplishing the task in Excel.
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.
Row
: Rows run horizontally in an Excel worksheet . Each row is identified by a number in the row header
What's a Range in Excel?
: A range is a group or block of cells in a worksheet that have been selected or highlighted. When cells
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.
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 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 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.
Try These Shortcut Keys to Quickly Insert an...
This Excel tip covers how to insert a new worksheet into Excel using a keyboard shortcut.
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.
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.
Understanding How Relative Cell References Work
Definition of the term Relative Cell Reference as it is used in spreadsheet programs such as Excel and Google Spreadsheets.
Understand Dialog Boxes in Excel
: A dialog box in Excel is a form that allows users to input information and make choices about different
How to Wrap Text in Excel
This tutorial covers how to use Excel's wrap text feature to type on multiple lines in a single worksheet cell. An example is included
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
All About.com Guides to Conditional Formatting...
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.
Take Advantage of a Free Flowchart Template for...
This article walks through how to download and use the free flowchart template available from Microsoft.
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.
How to Insert New Rows Into an Excel Worksheet
This tutorial shows you how to easily insert rows into an Excel worksheet
Formula Bar
: The formula bar in Excel is located above the work area of the spreadsheet . The formula bar displays
Understanding Excel Function Syntax
Spreadsheet definition - Syntax. This glossary entry defines
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.
A Quick Guide to Using Columns in Excel
: Columns are a fundamental part of any spreadsheet program such as Excel and Google Spreadsheets. Columns
How to Insert Columns Into Excel Worksheets
This tutorial shows you how, with a click of the mouse, you can easily insert additional columns to Excel worksheets.
When is the term 'Active Cell' Appropriate?
Definition of the term. 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.
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.
How Data is Defined in Excel
A definition of the term data, a word often used when referring to spreadsheets.
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.
How to Select All Cells in an Excel Worksheet
This Excel tip covers how to select all cells in Excel using a keyboard shortcut.
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.
Identifying Excel Screen Elements
This labeled diagram identifies the main elements of the Excel screen. Descriptions for each element 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.
Free Excel Lessons for Beginners and Intermedia...
Each tutorial in this free series covers either an introductory or intermediate level topic in Microsoft Excel. The tutorials include step by step examples related to each topic.
Name Box
: The Name Box is located next to the formula bar above the worksheet area. The Name Box displays the
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.
An Easy Keyboard Shortcut to Hide Rows in Excel
This Excel tip covers how to hide rows of data in Excel using a keyboard shortcut.
6 Operators You Need for Excel's 'IF' Function
The logic test section of an Excel IF function is always a comparison between two values. Listed here are the different comparison operators that can be used in Excel functions.
A Quick Guide to Deleting Worksheet Rows in Excel
This article shows you how, with a click of the mouse, you can easily delete rows from Excel worksheets.
What's an Excel Workbook?
Definition of the term. Spreadsheets.
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.
What is Drag Select in Excel?
Definition of the term. Spreadsheets.
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.
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.
3 Ways to Hide a Row in Excel
This article shows you how, with a click of the mouse, you can easily hide rows in Excel spreadsheets.
How to Use Arguments in Excel Spreadsheet...
Definition of the term. Spreadsheets.
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.
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.
Bothered by Excel AutoComplete? Here's How to...
This quick tip covers how to turn AutoComplete on or off in Excel.
Instantly Add the Current Time to Excel...
This Excel shortcut keys tutorial shows you how to quickly add the current time to a worksheet using just the keyboard.
A Quick Guide to Using Date Functions 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 2007.
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.
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 Delete Columns in Excel
This tutorial shows you how, quickly delete columns in Excel worksheets.
How to Quickly Hide Excel Columns with Shortcut...
This shortcut keys tutorial shows you how to quickly hide columns of data in Excel.
How to Use Excel's "NETWORKDAYS" Function to...
The NETWORKDAYS function can be used to count the number of working days between two dates in Excel. This tutorial includes a step by step example of using the NETWORKDAYS function to count days between two dates 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.
Understanding Excel Macros (Spreadsheet Term...
Excel Definition of the term. Spreadsheets.
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 Use the Fill Handle in Excel
Definition of the term. Spreadsheets.
How to Combine Chart Types in Excel
Combine two or more chart or graph types in Excel in order to display related information together. This tutorial combines a column chart and line graph using a second Y axis.
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.
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
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.
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