Excel Formulas and Functions For Dummies (3rd Edition) by Ken Bluttman

By Ken Bluttman

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Learn to take advantage of Excel for useful, day by day calculations

Excel is a robust application with greater than three hundred integrated capabilities that may be used to accomplish a nearly limitless variety of calculations. This pleasant ebook indicates you ways to take advantage of the a hundred and fifty most respected ones in real-world events: to check the price of paying for vs. leasing a motor vehicle, calculate school room grades, or assessment funding functionality, for instance. one other eighty five really good capabilities also are defined. certain, step by step directions assist you know the way capabilities paintings inside formulation and the way you should use them to unravel daily problems.

* Excel is a fancy device, making it an ideal topic for the easy, plain-English procedure of this book
* formulation and capabilities are defined in vintage For Dummies style, with examples of the way to use the a hundred and fifty most ordinarily used features in real-world situations
* become aware of easy methods to use Excel to match the price of 15 and 30-year mortgages, make a decision no matter if to shop for or rent a motor vehicle, calculate the particular expense of bank card purchases, forecast university costs, layout a database to your personal use, and masses more
* Serves as a very good source for all types of Excel, together with the newest model 2013

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Can take up to 255 arguments. Here, three cell references are included as arguments. The arguments are separated by commas. In this example, the arguments are range refer=AVERAGE(A6:A10,A13: ences instead of cell references. The arguments A19,A23:A29) are separated by commas. =IPMT(B5, B6, B7, B8) Requires four arguments. Commas separate the arguments. Some functions have required arguments and optional arguments. You must provide the required ones. The optional ones are, well, optional. But you may want to include them if their presence helps the function return the value you need.

Enter a closing parenthesis to end the second MAX function. 12. Enter a ). This ends the AVERAGE function. 13. Press Enter. Figure 1-27 shows the result of your nested function. Cell C14 has this formula: =AVERAGE(MAX(B4:B10),MAX(D4:D10)). Chapter 1: Tapping into Formula and Function Fundamentals Figure 1-27: Getting a result from nested functions. When using nested functions, the outer function is preceded with an equal sign (=) if it is the beginning of the formula. Any nested functions are not preceded with an equal sign.

Like all computer programs, Excel can only do what it is told. If you tell it to calculate an incorrect but structurally valid formula, it will do so. So watch your p’s and q’s! Er, rather your parentheses and mathematical operators when building formulas. The second type of error is when there is a mistake in the formula or in the data the formula uses that prevents Excel from calculating the result. Excel makes your life easier by telling you when such an error occurs. To be precise, it does one of the following: ✓ Excel displays a message when you attempt to enter a formula that is not constructed correctly.

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