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Excel 2013: Advanced Formulas and Functions

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In this series of Excel tutorials, discover some of the most challenging of the 300+ formulas and functions in Excel, and learn about how to put them to their best use.

Conquer some of the most daunting features in Microsoft Excel once and for all. In this 2013 update to his popular series, author Dennis Taylor demystifies some of the most challenging of the 300+ formulas and functions in Excel and shows how to put them to their best use. The course starts with a review of the more basic, building-block functions, and a few critical keyboard shortcuts that will speed up working with Excel data, even on multiple sheets. Dennis then covers how to perform advanced searching and data retrieval with Lookup functions, tabulate and sort data with counting and statistical functions, format data with text and math functions, and work with financial data using advanced formulas. Dennis focuses on practical examples that transition effortlessly to real-world scenarios.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Formula and Function Tips and Shortcuts
  • Displaying and highlighting formulas
  • Auditing tools
  • Using entire row/column references
  • Copying column formulas instantly
  • Converting formulas to values with a simple drag
  • Updating values without formulas
  • Simplifying debugging formulas
  • Enhancing readability with range names
  • Creating 3D formulas to gather data from multiple sheets
2. Formula and Function Tools
  • Understanding the hierarchy of operations in Excel formulas
  • Using the Formulas tab on the Ribbon for locating functions
  • Using the Insert Function button for guidance with unfamiliar functions
  • Using and extending AutoSum button capabilities
  • Using absolute and relative references in formulas
  • Using mixed references in formulas
3. IF and Related Functions
  • Exploring IF logical tests and using relational operators
  • Creating and expanding the use of nested IF statements
  • Using the AND and OR functions with IF to create compound logical tests
4. Lookup and Reference Functions
  • Looking up information with VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP
  • Finding approximate matches with VLOOKUP
  • Finding exact matches with VLOOKUP
  • Nesting lookup functions
  • Using VLOOKUP with large tables
  • Finding table-like information within a function with CHOOSE
  • Locating data with MATCH
  • Retrieving information by location with INDEX
  • Using MATCH and INDEX together
5. Power Functions
  • Tabulating information using a single criterion with COUNTIF, SUMIF, and AVERAGEIF
  • Tabulating information using multiple criteria with COUNTIFS, SUMIFS, and AVERAGEIFS
6. Statistical Functions
  • Finding the middle value with MEDIAN
  • Ranking data without sorting with RANK
  • Finding the largest and smallest values with LARGE and SMALL
  • Tabulating blank cells with COUNTBLANK
  • Using COUNT, COUNTA, and the status bar
7. Math Functions
  • Working with ROUND, ROUNDUP, and ROUNDDOWN
  • Working with MROUND, CEILING, and FLOOR for specialized rounding
  • Using the INT and TRUNC functions to extract integer data
  • Finding the remainder with MOD and using MOD with conditional formatting
  • Practical uses for the random number functions RAND and RANDBETWEEN
  • Converting a value between measurement systems with CONVERT
  • Using the powerful AGGREGATE function to bypass errors and hidden data
  • Using the ROMAN and ARABIC functions to display different numeral systems
8. Date and Time Functions
  • Understanding Excel date/time capabilities in formulas
  • Using TODAY and NOW functions for dynamic date/time entry
  • Identifying the day of the week with WEEKDAY
  • Counting working days with NETWORKDAYS
  • Determining a completion date with WORKDAY
  • Tabulating date differences with DATEDIF
  • Calculating end-of-month and future/past dates with EDATE and EOMONTH
  • Converting text entries into dates and times with DATEVALUE and TIMEVALUE
9. Array Formulas and Functions
  • Extending formula capabilities with arrays
  • Counting unique entries in a range with an array formula
  • Determining frequency distributions with FREQUENCY
  • Flipping row/column orientation with TRANSPOSE
  • Building analysis via regression techniques with TREND and GROWTH
  • Using array formula techniques with the MATCH function for complex lookups
10. Reference Functions
  • Getting data from remote cells with OFFSET
  • Returning references with INDIRECT
  • Using INDIRECT with data validation for two-tiered pick list scenarios
11. Text Functions
  • Locating and extracting data with FIND, SEARCH, and MID
  • Extracting specific data with LEFT and RIGHT
  • Removing extra spaces with TRIM and removing hidden characters with CLEAN
  • Using ampersands and CONCATENATE to combine data from different cells
  • Adjusting the case within cells with PROPER, UPPER, and LOWER
  • Adjusting character content with REPLACE and SUBSTITUTE
  • Using other utility text functions: LEN, REPT, VALUE, TEXT
12. Information Functions
  • Extracting information with the CELL and INFO functions
  • Using error-checking functions ISERR, ISERROR, IFERROR, ISNA, and IFNA
  • Using the ISFORMULA function with conditional formatting
  • Goodbye

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