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If you're new to Excel for the web, you'll soon discover that it's more than just a grid where you type numbers in columns or rows. Yes, you can use Excel for the web to find totals for a column or row of numbers, but you can also calculate a mortgage payment, solve math or engineering problems, or find the best case scenario based on variable numbers

Excel for the web uses formulas in cells to do this. A formula performs calculations or other actions on your worksheet data. A formula always starts with an equal sign (=), which can be followed by numbers, mathematical operators (like a plus or minus sign), and functions that can really expand the power of a formula.

For example, the following formula multiplies 2 by 3 and adds 5 to that result to get the answer 11.


The following formula uses theI PAYFunction to calculate a mortgage payment ($1073.64) based on an interest rate of 5% (5% divided by 12 months is the monthly interest rate) over a period of 30 years (360 months) in a $200,000 loan:


Here are some more examples of formulas you can enter into a spreadsheet.

  • =A1+A2+A3Add the values ​​in cells A1, A2 and A3.

  • =QUADRATWURZEL(A1)Use osquareFunction to return the square root of the value in A1.

  • =HOY()Returns the current date.

  • =BIG("Hello")Convert the text "Hello" to "HELLO" usingSUPERVISORtable function.

  • =SI(A1>0)Test cell A1 to see if it contains a value greater than 0.

The parts of a formula

A formula can also contain some or all of the following: functions, references, operators, and constants.

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1. Functions: The PI() function returns the value of pi: 3.142...

2. References: A2 returns the value of cell A2.

3. Constants: Numbers or text values ​​that are entered directly into a formula, such as B. 2.

4. Operators: The ^ operator (caret) increases a number and the * (asterisk) operator multiplies numbers.

Using constants in formulas

A constant is a value that is not calculated; it always stays the same. For example, the date 10/9/2008, the number 210, and the text "Quarterly Income" are all constants. An expression or a value resulting from an expression is not a constant. If you use constants instead of cell references in a formula (for example, =30+70+110), the result will not change unless you change the formula.

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Using arithmetic operators in formulas

Operators specify the type of calculation you want to perform on elements of a formula. There is a default order in which calculations are performed (this follows general mathematical rules), but you can change this order using parentheses.

Types of operators

There are four different types of arithmetic operators: arithmetic, comparison, text concatenation, and reference.


To perform basic mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication or division; combine numbers; and produce numeric results, use the following arithmetic operators.

arithmetic operator



+ (plus sign)



- (Minus sign)



* (asterisk)



/ (beat)



% (percent sign)



^ (arrow sign)



comparison operators

You can compare two values ​​using the following operators. When two values ​​are compared using these operators, the result is a Boolean value, TRUE or FALSE.

comparison operator



= (equal sign)



> (greater than character)

but bigger than


< (less than sign)

Smaller than


>= (greater than or equal sign)

Better than or equal to


<= (less than or equal sign)

less than or equal to


<> (except characters)

It must not be equated with


text concatenation operator

Use the "ampersand" character (&) to concatenate (join) one or more text strings to produce a single piece of text.

text operator



& (and commercial)

Join or concatenate the values ​​to create a continuous text value

"North" and "wind" equals "north wind"

reference operators

Combine cell ranges for calculations using the following operators.

reference operator



: (two points)

Range operator that creates a reference to all cells between two references, including both references.


, (Coming)

Union operator that combines multiple references into a single reference



Intersection operator that creates a reference to cells that are common to both references

B7: D7 C6: C8

The order in which Excel for the web performs operations on formulas

In some cases, the order in which a calculation is performed can affect the formula's return value, so it's important to understand how the order is determined and how you can change the order to get the results you want.

calculation order

Formulas calculate values ​​in a specific order. A formula always starts with an equal sign (=). Excel for the web interprets the characters that follow the equal sign as a formula. Following the equals sign are the elements to be calculated (the operands), such as constants or cell references. These are separated by arithmetic operators. Excel for the web calculates the formula from left to right based on a specific order for each operator in the formula.

operator priority

When you combine multiple operators in a single formula, Excel for the web performs the operations in the order shown in the following table. If a formula contains operators with the same precedence, for example For example, if a formula contains a multiplication and division operator, Excel for the web evaluates the operators from left to right.



: (two points)

(single space)

, (Coming)

reference operators

negation (as in -1)





* e /

multiplication and division

+ j-

addition and subtraction


Join two text strings (concatenation)

< >


use of parentheses

To change the order of evaluation, enclose the part of the formula that is calculated first in parentheses. For example, the following formula returns 11 because Excel for the web performs multiplication before addition. The formula multiplies 2 by 3 and then adds 5 to the result.


On the other hand, if you use parentheses to change the syntax, Excel for the web will add 5 and 2 and multiply the result by 3 to produce 21.


In the example below, the parentheses that end the first part of the formula force Excel for the web to first calculate B4+25 and then divide the result by the sum of the values ​​in cells D5, E5, and F5.


Using Functions and Nested Functions in Formulas

Functions are predefined formulas that perform calculations on specific values, called arguments, in a specific order or structure. Functions can be used to perform simple or complex calculations.

The syntax of the functions

The following example forRONDAThe function that rounds a number in cell A10 illustrates the syntax of a function.

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1. Structure. The structure of a function begins with an equal sign (=), followed by the function name, an opening parenthesis, the function arguments separated by commas, and a closing parenthesis.

2. Role name. For a list of available functions, click in a cell and press SHIFT+F3.

3. Arguments. Arguments can be numbers, text, logical values ​​like TRUE or FALSE, arrays, error values ​​like #N/A, or cell references. The specified argument must produce a valid value for that argument. Arguments can also be constants, formulas, or other functions.

4. Plot Tooltip. As you type the function, a tooltip appears showing the syntax and arguments. For example, type=REDONDO(and the tooltip appears. Tooltips are only displayed for built-in functions.

feature introduction

If you create a formula that contains a function, you can use thatinsert functionDialog box that helps you enter worksheet functions. When you insert a function into the formula, theinsert functionThe dialog box displays the name of the function, each of its arguments, a description of the function and each argument, the current result of the function, and the current result of the entire formula.

Use formula autocompletion to simplify creating and editing formulas and reduce syntax and typos. After typing an = (equals sign) and initial letters or a display trigger, Excel for the web displays a dynamic drop-down list below the cell with valid functions, arguments, and names that match the letters or trigger. You can insert a dropdown list entry into the formula.

nesting functions

In certain cases, it may be necessary to use a function as one of the arguments to another function. For example, the following formula uses a nestedAVERAGEand compare the result with the value 50.

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1. The AVERAGE and SUM functions are nested within the IF function.

valid returnsWhen a nested function is used as an argument, the nested function must return the same type of value that the argument takes. For example, if the argument returns TRUE or FALSE, the nested function must return TRUE or FALSE. If the function fails, Excel for the web shows a #VALUE! error value

Nesting Level ConstraintsA formula can contain up to seven levels of nested functions. When a function (let's call it function B) is used as an argument to another function (let's call it function A), function B acts like a second-level function. for example heAVERAGEfunction and theADDITIVEare second-level functions when used as arguments toEOccupation. A nested function within the nestedAVERAGEthe function is then a third-level function, and so on.

Using references in formulas

A reference identifies a cell or range of cells on a worksheet and tells Excel for the web where to look for the values ​​or data you want to use in a formula. You can use references to use data contained in different parts of a worksheet in one formula, or use the value of one cell in multiple formulas. You can also reference cells on other worksheets in the same workbook and in other workbooks. References to cells in other workbooks are called links or external references.

The A1 reference style

The default reference styleBy default, Excel for the web uses the A1 referencing style, which references columns of letters (A through XFD, for a total of 16,384 columns) and rows of numbers (1 through XFD). or 1 048 576). These letters and numbers are called row and column headings. To refer to a cell, type the column letter followed by the row number. For example, B2 refers to the cell at the intersection of column B and row 2.

refering to


The cell in column A and row 10


The range of cells in column A and rows 10-20


The range of cells in row 15 and columns B through E

B15: E15

All cells in row 5


All cells in rows 5 to 10


All cells in column H


All cells in columns H through J


The range of cells in columns A through E and rows 10 through 20


Reference another tableIn the example below, theAVERAGEThe worksheet function calculates the average value for the range B1:B10 on the worksheet named Marketing in the same workbook.

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1. Refers to the worksheet called Marketing

2. Refers to the range of cells between B1 and B10 inclusive

3. Separate the table reference from the cell range reference

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The difference between absolute, relative and mixed references

relative referencesA relative cell reference in a formula, such as B.A1, is based on the relative position of the cell containing the formula and the cell the reference refers to. If you change the position of the cell containing the formula, the reference will change. If you copy or complete the formula across rows or columns, the reference will automatically adjust. By default, new formulas use relative references. For example, if you copy or fill a relative reference in cell B2 to cell B3, it will automatically adjust from =A1 to =A2.

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absolute referencesAn absolute cell reference in a formula, such as B.$A$1, always refers to a cell at a particular position. If you change the position of the cell containing the formula, the absolute reference remains the same. If you copy or complete the formula across rows or columns, the absolute reference will not wrap. By default, new formulas use relative references, so you may need to change them to absolute references. For example, if you copy or fill an absolute reference from cell B2 to cell B3, it will remain the same in both cells: =$A$1.

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mixed referencesA mixed reference has an absolute column and a relative row, or an absolute row and a relative column. An absolute column reference has the form $A1, $B1, etc. An absolute row reference has the form A$1, B$1, etc. If you change the position of the cell containing the formula, the relative reference changes and the absolute reference changes No. As you copy or complete the formula across rows or columns, the relative reference is automatically adjusted and the absolute reference is not adjusted. For example, if you copy or fill a mixed reference from cell A2 to cell B3, it will change from =A$1 to =B$1.

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The 3D reference style

How to reference multiple worksheetsIf you want to analyze data in the same cell or range of cells across multiple worksheets in a workbook, use a 3D reference. A 3D reference contains the cell or range reference preceded by a range of worksheet names. Excel for the web uses whatever worksheet is stored between the start and end names of the reference. Example: =SUM(Sheet2:Sheet13!B5) sums all values ​​contained in cell B5 across all worksheets between Sheet 2 and Sheet 13 inclusive.

  • You can use 3D references to refer to cells in other worksheets, define names, and create formulas with the following functions: SUM, AVERAGE, AVERAGEA, COUNT, COUNTA, MAX, MAXA, MIN, MINE, PRODUCT, STDEV.P , STDEV. S, STADWA, STADWPA, VAR.P, VAR.S, VARA and VARPA.

  • Three-dimensional references cannot be used in array formulas.

  • Three-dimensional references cannot be used with the intersection operator (single space) or in formulas that use implicit intersections.

What happens when you move, copy, paste, or delete worksheets?The following examples explain what happens when you move, copy, paste, or delete sheets contained in a 3D reference. The examples use the formula =SUM(Sheet2:Sheet6!A2:A5) to sum cells A2 through A5 on sheets 2 through 6.

  • paste or copyIf you paste or copy worksheets between Sheet2 and Sheet6 (the endpoints in this example), Excel for the web will include all values ​​in cells A2 through A5 of the added worksheets in the calculations.

  • extinguishIf you delete sheets between Sheet2 and Sheet6, Excel for the web will remove their values ​​from the calculation.

  • moveIf you move sheets between Sheet 2 and Sheet 6 outside the reference sheet range, Excel for the web will remove your values ​​from the calculation.

  • move a full stopIf you move Sheet2 or Sheet6 to a different location in the same workbook, Excel for the web will adjust the calculation to accommodate the new sheet area between them.

  • Delete an endpointIf you exclude Sheet2 or Sheet6, Excel for the web adjusts the calculation to include the sheet range between them.

The R1C1 reference style

You can also use a reference style where the worksheet's rows and columns are numbered. The R1C1 reference style is useful for calculating row and column positions in macros. In R1C1 style, Excel for the web indicates a cell's position with an "R" followed by a row number and a "C" followed by a column number.




A relative cell reference two rows above and in the same column


A relative reference to the cell two rows down and two columns to the right


An absolute reference to the cell in the second row and second column


A relative reference to the entire row above the active cell


An absolute reference to the current row

When you record a macro, Excel for the web records some commands using the F1C1 referencing style. For example, if you record a command, e.g. B. By clicking onit is meTo enter a formula that adds a range of cells, Excel for the web records the formula using F1C1 style references, not A1 style references.

Using names in formulas

You can create defined names to represent cells, cell ranges, formulas, constants, or tables in Excel for the web. A name is a meaningful abbreviation that makes it easy to understand the purpose of a cell reference, constant, formula, or table that might be difficult to understand at first glance. The following information shows examples of common names and how using them in formulas can improve clarity and make formulas easier to understand.

sample type

Example: using ranges instead of names

Example with names



= SUM (sales)










types of names

There are several types of names you can create and use.

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Distinguished NameA name that represents a cell, cell range, formula, or constant value. You can create your own distinguished name. Also, Excel for the web sometimes creates a distinguished name for you, such as B. when you specify a printable area.

table nameA name for an Excel for the web spreadsheet, which is a collection of data about a specific topic, stored in records (rows) and fields (columns). Excel for the web creates a default Excel web table name "Table1", "Table2", etc. whenever you insert a table from Excel for the web, but you can change these names to make them more descriptive.

Create and enter names

You create a name withCreate a name from the selection. You can conveniently create names from existing row and column labels using a selection of worksheet cells.

Use:By default, names use absolute cell references.

You can enter a name by typing:

  • typewriterFor example, write the name as an argument in a formula.

  • Using Formula AutoCompleteUse the AutoComplete Formula drop-down list, which automatically lists valid names.

Using array formulas and array constants

Excel for the web doesn't support creating array formulas. You can view the results of array formulas created in the Excel desktop application, but you cannot edit or recalculate them. If you have the Excel desktop app, clickopen excelto work with matrices.

The following matrix example calculates the total value of an array of stocks and stock prices without using a series of cells to calculate and display the individual values ​​of each stock.

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When you enter the formula ={SUM(B2:D2*B3:D3)} as an array formula, it multiplies the stocks and the price of each stock and then adds the results of those calculations together.

To calculate multiple resultsSome worksheet functions return arrays of values ​​or take an array of values ​​as an argument. To calculate multiple results with an array formula, you must enter the array in a cell range that has the same number of rows and columns as the array arguments.

Suppose a series of three sales figures (in column B) for a series of three months (in column A) thatTRENDDetermines the linear values ​​of the sales numbers. To see all results of the formula, enter the formula in three cells in column C (C1:C3).

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If you enter the formula =TREND(B1:B3,A1:A3) as an array formula, it will produce three separate results (22196, 17079, and 11962) based on three sales figures and three months.

Using array constants

In a common formula, you can enter a reference to a cell that contains a value or the value itself, also called a constant. Similarly, in an array formula, you can enter a reference to an array or enter the array of values ​​contained in the cells, also known as an array constant. Array formulas accept constants in the same way as non-array formulas, but you must enter array constants in a specific format.

Array constants can contain numbers, text, logical values ​​like TRUE or FALSE, or error values ​​like #N/A. Different types of values ​​can be in the same array constant, for example {1,3,4;TRUE,FALSE,TRUE}. Numbers in array constants can be in integer, decimal, or scientific format. The text must be enclosed in double quotes, for example B. "Tuesday".

Array constants cannot contain cell, column, or row references of unequal length, formulas, or special characters $ (dollar sign), parentheses, or % (percent sign).

When formatting array constants, check the following:

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  • Enclose them in braces ({}).

  • Separate the values ​​in different columns with commas (,). For example, to represent the values ​​10, 20, 30, and 40, enter {10,20,30,40}. This matrix constant is called a 1-by-4 matrix and corresponds to a 1-row-by-4-column reference.

  • Separate the values ​​on different lines with a semicolon (;). For example, to represent the values ​​10, 20, 30, and 40 on one row and 50, 60, 70, and 80 on the row immediately below, enter a 2-by-4 matrix constant: {10,20, 30, 40;50, 60,70,80}.


What is summary formula in Excel? ›

One of the common Excel functions is SUM, which totals the values in a range of cells. For example, the formula =SUM(A2:A10) totals the values in the cell range A2:A10. The AVERAGE function is similar to SUM, except it finds the average of values in a cell range.

What is a formula in Microsoft? ›

Formulas are equations that perform calculations on values in your sheet. All formulas begin with an equal sign (=). You can create a simple formula by using constant and calculation operator. For example, the formula =5+2*3, multiplies two numbers and then adds a number to the result.

How do I fix ## in Excel? ›

How to correct a ##### error
  1. To make the cell contents smaller, click Home > ...
  2. If numbers have too many decimal places, click Home > Decrease Decimal.
  3. If dates are too long, click Home > arrow next to Number Format, and pick Short Date.

How do I create a summary report in Excel? ›

Open the data you want to summarize. Then click “insert” and select “pivot table.” Then, Excel will open a new sheet with that data you have selected. Once the new sheet is created, you can click into the pivot table and arrange it in rows, columns, values, and filters.

What is the summary formula and why is it used? ›

Summary formulas are a great way to calculate additional totals based on the numerical values in your report. In addition to the standard summaries that we used in a previous step, you can add up to five summary formulas to summary and matrix reports to create calculated summaries of your numerical fields.

Does Excel have a summary function? ›

Summarize data

With a cell selected in an Add-In for Excel table, click the ACL Add-In tab and select Summarize > Summarize. Select a column of any data type to summarize on. Optional To omit the count or percentage for the unique values in the column, clear Include count or Include percentage.

How do you use Microsoft formulas? ›

Enter a formula that contains a built-in function
  1. Select an empty cell.
  2. Type an equal sign = and then type a function. For example, =SUM for getting the total sales.
  3. Type an opening parenthesis (.
  4. Select the range of cells, and then type a closing parenthesis).
  5. Press Enter to get the result.

Which is an example of a formula in Microsoft? ›

Let's take another variation of a simple formula. Type =5+2*3 in another cell and press Enter or Return. Excel multiplies the last two numbers and adds the first number to the result.

What is the difference between formula and function? ›

Formulas are defined as a statement written by any user, either simple or complex whereas a function is a type of formula which is pre-defined. On the other hand, functions are predefined formulas that are already there in the sheet.

Why is my Excel corrupted? ›

An Excel file gets corrupted due to various reasons such as virus/malware attack, sudden system shutdown when the Excel file is still open, power failure while working with an Excel spreadsheet, etc.

Why is Excel malfunctioning? ›

This issue is frequently caused by previously installed add-ins or macros and not by Excel itself. Antivirus software and Windows updates are other common causes of this error. An Excel spreadsheet that has not been saved correctly may also cause Excel to freeze.

How do I check for formula errors in Excel? ›

If you have the Excel desktop application, you can use the Open in Excel button to open your workbook to use error checking rules that help you check your formulas for errors. Here's how: Click Open in Excel and use error checking to detect errors in formulas.

How do I summarize data from multiple Excel worksheets? ›

On the Data tab, under Tools, click Consolidate. In the Function box, click the function that you want Excel to use to consolidate the data. In each source sheet, select your data, and then click Add.

How do I summarize data in Excel without pivot table? ›

summary. While PivotTables are often the right choice for summarizing data in Excel, in some cases a formula-based approach may be more desirable. In these situations, turning to Excel's SUMIFS feature is often an excellent choice to generate summaries of data based on multiple conditions.

How do you create a summary report? ›

5 Tips for Writing a Summary Report
  1. Outline the report before the meeting or phone call begins. ...
  2. Include only the key points from the event. ...
  3. Be concise. ...
  4. Use bullet-points to facilitate clarity. ...
  5. Re-read your report!
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Why do we need to use summary? ›

The purpose of a summary is to quickly give the reader or listener an idea of what this material is saying. You may find it helpful to create summaries of your own work, but more often, you will create summaries of material by other authors, such as articles, plays, films, lectures, stories, or presentations.

What information does a formula provide? ›

A chemical formula tells us the number of atoms of each element in a compound. It contains the symbols of the atoms of the elements present in the compound as well as how many there are for each element in the form of subscripts.

Why do we use summary? ›

What Is the Purpose of a Summary? The purpose of a summary is to provide readers with a succinct overview of important details or interesting information, without inserting a personal opinion.

Where is Summary function in Excel? ›

Right-click on a cell in the Value field that you want to change. In the pop-up menu, click Summarize Values By. Click on the Summary Function that you want to use.

What is the default summary function in Excel? ›

If there are blank cells, or non-numeric data in the field, the Count function is used as a default. For fields that contain all numeric data, the Sum function is the default.

How do you display a summary under data in Excel? ›

To specify a summary row below the details row, select the Summary below data check box. For example, using the example above, you would clear the check box.
  1. On the Data tab, in the Outline group, click Subtotal. ...
  2. In the At each change in box, click the nested subtotal column.

How do you apply all formulas? ›

Follow these steps to fill a formula and choose which options to apply:
  1. Select the cell that has the formula you want to fill into adjacent cells.
  2. Drag the fill handle. across the cells that you want to fill. ...
  3. To change how you want to fill the selection, click the small Auto Fill Options icon.

How do I activate formulas in Excel? ›

To activate the formula bar with the keyboard, press the Ctrl key and the F2 key at the same time. This shortcut will work in all versions of Excel. Once you've typed in your formula, press Enter to calculate the result.

What are three examples of formulas? ›

Problem 1: In one molecule of the compound, determine how many atoms of every element are present for each one of these chemical formulas.
  • HCN – hydrogen cyanide –It's a toxic gas.
  • C18H21NO3 – codeine, a painkilling drug.
  • Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2 – Hydroxyapatite, that is present in the enamel of the tooth.

What is a formula and examples? ›

In mathematics, a formula is a fact, rule, or principle that is expressed in terms of mathematical symbols. Examples of formulas include equations, equalities, identities, inequalities, and asymptotic expressions.

Where are formulas located in Microsoft Windows? ›

Where is the formula bar located in Microsoft Excel? In spreadsheet applications, such as Microsoft Excel, the formula bar is located directly above the spreadsheet, as labeled in the picture below. Above, the formula bar has a cell content of "=SUM(D2:D5)" that adds values in rows 2, 3, 4, and 5 in the D column.

Why is formula used? ›

For moms who can't breastfeed or who decide not to, infant formula is a healthy alternative. Formula provides babies with the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Some mothers worry that if they don't breastfeed, they won't bond with their baby.

What are the advantages of using formula in MS Excel? ›

Excel formulas enable you to perform calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. In addition to these, you can find out averages and calculate percentages in excel for a range of cells, manipulate date and time values, and do a lot more.

When would you use a function instead of a formula? ›

Functions can do complex calculations that would be very time-consuming to build manually. For example, if you wanted to add up a range of cells without using a function, you'd need to write something like: =A1+A2+A3+A4+A5 instead of =SUM(A1:A5).

How do I get my Excel spreadsheet back to normal? ›

If you want to return to the normal view, in the Ribbon, go to View > Normal. As a result, your sheet is displayed again in the Normal (default) view.

Can I recover corrupted Excel file? ›

Click the location and folder that contains the corrupted workbook. In the Open dialog box, select the corrupted workbook. Click the arrow next to the Open button, and then click Open and Repair. To recover as much of the workbook data as possible, pick Repair.

What is the most common mistakes with Excel? ›

10 Common Excel Mistakes to Avoid
  • Merge & Centre Cells. 99% of the time you don't need to merge and centre cells! ...
  • Non-Tabular Layout. ...
  • Dates Formatted as Text. ...
  • External Links. ...
  • Formatting Whole Columns/Rows. ...
  • Formatting to Encode Data. ...
  • Formatting Colours. ...
  • Multiple Records in One Cell.
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How to clear cache in Excel? ›

Steps to Clear the Cache in Excel
  1. First, go to the file tab and open the Excel options.
  2. From there, go to the save option and scroll to the end of the dialog box.
  3. Now from the Cache Settings, click on the “Delete cached files”.
  4. After that, you get a dialog box to confirm if you want to clear the cached files.

How do you trace errors in Formulas? ›

On the Formulas tab of the Ribbon, under Error Checking, you'll find an option called Trace Error. To use this feature, first select a cell that contains an error, then choose "Trace Error." Excel will draw errors in red that indicate the source of the problem.

How do you check if a formula is accurate in Excel? ›

Calculate Accuracy Percentage with Excel ABS Function

You can use the ABS function in excel to calculate the percentage of the error first. Then, subtracting the error from 1 will give you the accuracy percentage.

What type of Excel error occurs if the formula is used incorrectly? ›

If your formula contains numeric values that aren't valid, you'll see an #NUM! error appear in Excel. Often times this happens when you enter a numeric value that's different than the other arguments used in your formula.

What is the most efficient way to structure and summarize data in an Excel sheet? ›

The best-known way to summarize spreadsheet data probably is to use database functions. At the very least, these functions have been used for the longest time.

How do you auto populate data from multiple sheets to a master Excel? ›

How to collect data from multiple sheets to a master sheet in...
  1. In a new sheet of the workbook which you want to collect data from sheets, click Data > Consolidate.
  2. In the Consolidate dialog, do as these: (1 Select one operation you want to do after combine the data in Function drop down list; ...
  3. Click OK.

How do I create a master data sheet in Excel? ›

How to Create a Database in Excel
  1. Step 1: Set up a data spreadsheet framework. Open an Excel spreadsheet, place your cursor in the A1 cell, and type in your database title. ...
  2. Step 2: Add or import data. ...
  3. Step 3: Convert your data into a table. ...
  4. Step 4: Format the table. ...
  5. Step 5: Save your database spreadsheet.
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What tool on Microsoft Excel can be used to quickly summarize large amounts of data? ›

A PivotTable is an interactive way to quickly summarize large amounts of data. You can use a PivotTable to analyze numerical data in detail, and answer unanticipated questions about your data.

How do you summarize data? ›

The three common ways of looking at the center are average (also called mean), mode and median. All three summarize a distribution of the data by describing the typical value of a variable (average), the most frequently repeated number (mode), or the number in the middle of all the other numbers in a data set (median).

How do I use formulas instead of pivot tables? ›

Click the PivotTable. On the Options tab, in the Tools group, click OLAP tools, and then click Convert to Formulas.

What are the three key steps to make a summary? ›

There are five key steps that can help you to write a summary:
  1. Read the text.
  2. Break it down into sections.
  3. Identify the key points in each section.
  4. Write the summary.
  5. Check the summary against the article.
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What is the best way to format and write a summary? ›

When writing a summary, remember that it should be in the form of a paragraph. A summary begins with an introductory sentence that states the text's title, author and main point of the text as you see it. A summary is written in your own words. A summary contains only the ideas of the original text.

What is a summary template? ›

A summary template is a document that outlines the key points of a larger document. It can be used to provide an overview of a longer document, or to highlight the most important points from a variety of sources.

What is a summary calculation? ›

Summary calculations are aggregate functions that are used for subtotals and totals. Summary calculations can be set in the Domain Designer or in the Ad Hoc view. In Ad Hoc table views, each field displays a single summary calculation. The summary calculation is automatically applied to all groups in the table.

Where do summary calculations appear in Excel? ›

To quickly see how numbers in selected cells add up, take a look at the status bar below your spreadsheet. When you select two or more cells that have numeric data, Excel for the web automatically summarizes that data and shows the average, count, and sum on the status bar.

How do you do a 5% summary in Excel? ›

Excel doesn't have a single command to calculate a five number summary, but you can find a 5 number summary in Excel by using basic functions to calculate the median, max, minimum, Q1 and Q3.

What are the three types of summary? ›

The main types of informative summaries are: outlines, abstracts, and synopses.

How do you create a custom summary formula? ›

  1. Double-click Add Formula in the Fields pane.
  2. In the Custom Summary Formula dialog, under Functions, select Summary .
  4. Select the grouping level and click Insert.
  5. Define the formula, including where to display the formula.
  6. Click OK.

What does summary format mean? ›

Summary Writing Format

A summary is written in your own words. A summary contains only the ideas of the original text. Do not insert any of your own opinions, interpretations, deductions or comments into a summary. Identify in order the significant sub-claims the author uses to defend the main point.

How do I summarize data in Excel without PivotTable? ›

summary. While PivotTables are often the right choice for summarizing data in Excel, in some cases a formula-based approach may be more desirable. In these situations, turning to Excel's SUMIFS feature is often an excellent choice to generate summaries of data based on multiple conditions.

How do I summarize monthly data in Excel? ›

How to Sum by Month in Excel (Step-by-Step Example)
  1. Step 1: Enter the Data. First, enter the data values into Excel: ...
  2. Step 2: Extract the Month from Dates. Next, we need to use the =MONTH() function to extract the month from each date. ...
  3. Step 3: Find the Unique Months. ...
  4. Step 4: Find the Sum by Month.
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How do I summarize data from multiple worksheets in Excel? ›

On the Data tab, under Tools, click Consolidate. In the Function box, click the function that you want Excel to use to consolidate the data. In each source sheet, select your data, and then click Add.


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