Microsoft Excel Formulas & Functions For Dummies, 5ed

Ken Bluttman

ISBN: 9789390466733

INR 799


There are more than 400 built-in functions in Excel X, from AGGREGATE to Z.TEST. The question is which ones will make my work easier? How and why should I use a particular function in my formulas? Excel Formulas and Functions For Dummies, 5th Edition is a thorough but easy-to-read coverage of powerful Excel functions. This book gives detailed step-by-step instruction on Excel's 150 most useful functions. The use of each function will be illustrated by helpful, real-world examples showing how a function is used within a formula. Another 85 specialized functions will be described in abbreviated form.


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Part 1: Getting Started with Formulas and Functions

Chapter 1: Tapping Into Formula and Function Fundamentals

  • Working with Excel Fundamentals  
  • Understanding workbooks and worksheets
  • Introducing the Formulas Tab
  • Working with rows, column, cells, ranges, and tables
  • Formatting your data
  • Getting help
  • Gaining the Upper Hand on Formulas
  • Entering your first formula
  • Understanding references
  • Copying formulas with the fill handle
  • Assembling formulas the right way
  • Using Functions in Formulas
  • Looking at what goes into a function
  • Arguing with a function
  • Nesting functions


Chapter 2: Saving Time with Function Tools

  • Getting Familiar with the Insert Function Dialog Box
  • Finding the Correct Function
  • Entering Functions Using the Insert Function Dialog Box
  • Selecting a function that takes no arguments
  • Selecting a function that uses arguments
  • Entering cells, ranges, named areas, and tables as function arguments
  • Getting help in the Insert Function dialog box
  • Using the Function Arguments dialog box to edit functions
  • Directly Entering Formulas and Functions
  • Entering formulas and functions in the Formula Bar
  • Entering formulas and functions directly in worksheet cells


Chapter 3: Saying "Array!" for Formulas and Functions

  • Discovering Arrays
  • Using Arrays in Formulas
  • Working with Functions That Return Arrays


Chapter 4: Fixing Formula Boo-Boos

  • Catching Errors As You Enter Them
  • Getting parentheses to match
  • Avoiding circular references
  • Mending broken links
  • Using the Formula Error Checker
  • Auditing Formulas
  • Watching the Watch Window
  • Evaluating and Checking Errors
  • Making an Error Behave the Way You Want


Part 2: Doing the Math

Chapter 5: Calculating Loan Payments and Interest Rates

  • Understanding How Excel Handles Money
  • Going with the cash flow
  • Formatting for currency
  • Choosing separators
  • Figuring Loan Calculations
  • Calculating the payment amount
  • Calculating interest payments
  • Calculating payments toward principal
  • Calculating the number of payments
  • Calculating the number of payments with PDURATION
  • Calculating the interest rate
  • Calculating the principal


Chapter 6: Appreciating What You'll Get, Depreciating What You've Got

  • Looking into the Future
  • Depreciating the Finer Things in Life
  • Calculating straight-line depreciation
  • Creating an accelerated depreciation schedule
  • Creating an even faster accelerated depreciation schedule
  • Calculating a midyear depreciation schedule
  • Measuring Your Internals


Chapter 7: Using Basic Math Functions

  • Adding It All Together with the SUM Function
  • Rounding Out Your Knowledge
  • Just plain old rounding
  • Rounding in one direction
  • Leaving All Decimals Behind with INT
  • Leaving Some Decimals Behind with TRUNC
  • Looking for a Sign
  • Ignoring Signs


Chapter 8: Advancing Your Math

  • Using PI to Calculate Circumference and Diameter
  • Generating and Using Random Numbers
  • The all-purpose RAND function
  • Precise randomness with RANDBETWEEN
  • Ordering Items
  • Combining
  • Raising Numbers to New Heights
  • Multiplying Multiple Numbers
  • Using What Remains with the MOD Function
  • Summing Things Up
  • Using SUBTOTAL
  • Using SUMIF and SUMIFS
  • Getting an Angle on Trigonometry
  • Three basic trigonometry functions
  • Degrees and radians


Part 3: Solving with Statistics

Chapter 9: Throwing Statistics a Curve

  • Getting Stuck in the Middle with AVERAGE, MEDIAN, and MODE
  • Deviating from the Middle
  • Measuring variance
  • Analyzing deviations
  • Looking for normal distribution
  • Skewing from the norm
  • Comparing data sets
  • Analyzing Data with Percentiles and Bins
  • RANK
  • MIN and MAX
  • Going for the Count


Chapter 10: Using Significance Tests

  • Testing to the T
  • Comparing Results with an Estimate


Chapter 11: Rolling the Dice on Predictions and Probability

  • Modeling
  • Linear model
  • Exponential model
  • Getting It Straight: Using SLOPE and INTERCEPT to Describe Linear Data
  • What's Ahead: Using FORECAST, TREND, and GROWTH to Make Predictions
  • Using NORM.DIST and POISSON.DIST to Determine Probabilities


Part 4: Dancing with Data

Chapter 12: Dressing Up for Date Functions

  • Understanding How Excel Handles Dates
  • Formatting Dates
  • Making a Date with DATE
  • Breaking a Date with DAY, MONTH, and YEAR
  • Isolating the day
  • Isolating the month
  • Isolating the year
  • Converting a Date from Text
  • Finding Out What TODAY Is
  • Counting the days until your birthday
  • Counting your age in days
  • Determining the Day of the Week
  • Working with Workdays
  • Determining workdays in a range of dates
  • Workdays in the future
  • Calculating Time Between Two Dates with the DATEDIF Function


Chapter 13: Keeping Well-Timed Functions

  • Understanding How Excel Handles Time
  • Formatting Time
  • Keeping TIME
  • Converting Text to Time with TIMEVALUE
  • Deconstructing Time with HOUR, MINUTE, and SECOND
  • Isolating the hour
  • Isolating the minute
  • Isolating the second
  • Finding the Time NOW
  • Calculating Elapsed Time Over Days


Chapter 14: Using Lookup, Logical, and Reference Functions

  • Testing on One Condition
  • Choosing the Right Value
  • Let's Be Logical
  • NOT
  • AND and OR
  • XOR
  • Finding Where the Data Is
  • Looking It Up


Chapter 15: Digging Up the Facts

  • Getting Informed with the CELL Function
  • Getting Information About Excel and Your Computer System
  • Finding What IS and What IS Not
  • Getting to Know Your Type


Chapter 16: Writing Home About Text Functions

  • Breaking Apart Text
  • Bearing to the LEFT
  • Swinging to the RIGHT
  • Staying in the MIDdle
  • Finding the long of it with LEN
  • Putting Text Together with CONCATENATE
  • Changing Text
  • Making money
  • Turning numbers into text
  • Repeating text
  • Swapping text
  • Giving text a trim
  • Making a case
  • Comparing, Finding, and Measuring Text
  • Going for perfection with EXACT
  • Finding and searching


Chapter 17: Playing Records with Database Functions

  • Putting Your Data into a Database Structure
  • Working with Database Functions
  • Establishing your database
  • Establishing the criteria area
  • Fine-Tuning Criteria with AND and OR
  • Adding Only What Matters with DSUM
  • Going for the Middle with DAVERAGE
  • Counting Only What Matters with DCOUNT
  • Finding Highest and Lowest with DMIN and DMAX
  • Finding Duplicate Values with DGET
  • Being Productive with DPRODUCT


Part 5: The Part of Tens

Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Working with Formulas

  • Master Operator Precedence
  • Display Formulas
  • Fix Formulas
  • Use Absolute References
  • Turn Calc On/Turn Calc Off
  • Use Named Areas
  • Use Formula Auditing
  • Use Conditional Formatting
  • Use Data Validation
  • Create Your Own Functions


Chapter 19: Ten Functions You Really Should Know

  • SUM
  • INT and ROUND
  • INT
  • IF
  • NOW and TODAY
  • MIN and MAX


Chapter 20: Ten Really Cool Functions

  • Work with Hexadecimal, Octal, Decimal, and Binary Numbers
  • Convert Units of Measurement
  • Find the Greatest Common Divisor and the Least Common Multiple
  • Easily Generate a Random Number
  • Convert to Roman Numerals
  • Factor in a Factorial
  • Determine Part of a Year with YEARFRAC
  • Find the Data TYPE
  • Find the LENgth of Your Text


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