Excel Tutorial For Beginners



Microsoft Excel Video Tutorials For Beginners

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Enter Credit Card Numbers In Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: How To Make Gantt Chart in Microsoft Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: Pivot Tables

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to use IF function for logical calculation

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to use data filtering in MS Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Use Concatenate Function to Join Cells Together

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to create graphs in Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Insert Cells in Data Tables in MS ExceI

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Convert Values From One Measurement System to Another

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Convert Numbers to Text

Excel Tips For Noobs: How To Add Diagonal or Crossed Lines to a Cell

Excel Tips Tutorials: How to Make A Pie Chart in Microsoft Excel

Excel Tips: How to Solve Circularity Errors With Iterations

Excel Tips Tutorial: How To Use Vlookup in Microsoft Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to use SUMIF, COUNTIF and AVERAGEIF Functions in Microsoft Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Use Conditional Format in Microsoft Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Connect Links to Excel Worksheets

Excel Tips Tutorial: How To Write Formulas In Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Find and Replace Values in Microsoft Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: VBA Visual Basic for Application For Beginners in Microsoft Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Use Trim, Upper, Lower and Proper In Microsoft Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Convert a PDF File to Editable Excel File

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Use Pivot Tables in Microsoft Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Find and Select Content or Cells in Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Merge Styles and Themes of Old and New Excel Versions 2003 2007 2010 2013

Excel Tips Tutorial: Microsoft Excel Keyboard Shortcuts

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Draw a Line Through a Word in Excel - Strikethrough

Excel Tips Tutorial: Horizontal Text Alignment in Excel (General, Left, Center, Right, Fill, Justify, Center across Selection and Distributed)

Excel Tips Tutorial: Vertical Alignment in Excel (Top, Center, Bottom, Justify, and Distributed)

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Display Text at a 45 Degree Angle (Diagonal Text)

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to add a Background Image (Picture) to an Excel Worksheet

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Use Format Painter to Copy and Paste Cell Formats

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Use Cell Styles to Format Cells

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Change the Default Style of an Entire Excel Workbook Using Cell Styles

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Create Your Own New Cell Style in Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: Understanding and Applying Themes in Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Pin Important Excel File to the Recent Files List

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Add Folders to the Favorites List in the Open Dialog Box

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Save Excel Workbook Files

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Change the Default File Type to Save Excel Workbooks

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Open and Recover an Unsaved Excel File

Excel Tips Tutorial: Rules for Filenames in Microsoft Excel

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Print Only an Excel Chart without Printing out the Entire Worksheet

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Remove Formula Error-Checking Smart Tags

Excel Tips Tutorial: How to Stop Automatically Creating Calculated Columns in Excel Tables

How to Name an Excel Table

Excel 2013 Tutorial: How to Refer to a Named Cell as a Constant

Excel Concatenate Function Tutorial - How to Join Text in Excel

How to Use If Else If Function in Excel 2013 - Nested If Function in Microsoft Excel

Excel Worksheets Tutorial for Microsoft Excel 2013

Absolute, Relative and Mixed Cell Reference Excel Tutorial

Excel 2013 Tutorial Creating and Opening Workbooks in Excel 2013

Excel 2013 Tutorial The Function Library

How to Share Workbooks in Excel 2013 Tutorial

Save and Save As Excel 2013 Tutorial

How to Recover Unsaved Files in Excel 2013 with the Auto Saved Feature

How to Export Excel Files to PDF Other Different File Types

Basic Excel 2013 Functions Tutorial

Excel Tutorial How to Use Nested Functions

How to Use GoTo Special in Microsoft Excel 2013 Tutorial

Excel Page Layout Tutorial

Microsoft Excel Tutorial Page Breaks, Headers and Footers

Excel 2013 Tutorial How to Format Fonts in Excel

How to Create a Custom List in Excel Tutorial

Data Validation Microsoft Excel 2013 Tutorial - How to Restrict Entering Data in a Cell

Understanding Excel Charts Tutorial

How to Create a Basic Chart in Excel Step by Step Tutorial

How to Create and Use a Pivot Table in Microsoft Excel 2013 - Excel Pivot Table Tutorial

How to Pivot Data with Excel Pivot Tables Tutorial

How to Create a Macro in Microsoft Excel 2013

Microsoft Excel 2013 Worksheet Template Tutorial How to Create

Drop Down Lists Tutorial in Excel 2013

How to Reference Formulas and Data on other Excel Worksheets Worksheets Microsoft Excel 2013 Tutorial

Excel Data Forms Tutorial Microsoft Excel 2013

How to Insert Drawing Objects into your Excel Spreadsheets Microsoft Excel 2013 Tutorial

Excel LOOKUP Function Tutorial Microsoft Excel 2013

Excel Workbook and Worksheet Objects Tutorial

Excel Tutorial: Variables in Microsoft Excel Visual Basic Application (VBA)

Excel VBA Tutorial: If Then and Else Statement in Microsoft Excel (VBA) Visual Basic Application

Excel Events Tutorial: Visual Basic Application Evens in Microsoft Excel 2013


Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Essentials of Formulas and Functions in Excel

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Excel Operators and Formulas

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Order of Operations Operator Precedence (PEDMAS)

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Worksheet Functions and Formulas

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to Insert Functions in Excel (Manual, AutoComplete, Function Library, Insert Function Dialog Box)

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to Use Functions and Cell Range Names

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to Search for and Insert Functions Using the Insert Function Dialog Box

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: The Insert Function and Function Arguments Dialog Boxes

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Cell Reference for Formulas and Functions

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Formulas and Funtions in the Tables Total Row

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Excel Tables Formula Cell Reference

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Circular Reference and Enabling Iterations to Fix Circular Reference Formulas

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Excel Formula Errors

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to Turn Off Automatic Calculations for Excel Formulas and Functions

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to Define Cell Names and Refer to Named Cells in Formulas and Functions

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to Name Formulas in Excel 2013 Tutorial

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Cell Range Names References and Intersects


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Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Worksheet Functions and Formulas

If you were to simply use operators for your Excel formulas, you would be limited to what you could do. Luckily Excel has worksheet functions that perform calculations that would be very difficult if not impossible to perform. Worksheet functions greatly simplify calculations for you allowing you to perform more powerful formulas in an efficient manner. Below is an example of a formula which uses operators and then we perform the same formula using a function.

Excel Addition Formula and Sum Formula


Here in cell P1 we added up all the values in cells A1 through O1. This we very time consuming as we had to manually click on each cell and enter the addition (+) operator. This would have been much easier if we just used the sum formula as shown below.

Excel Addition Formula and Sum Formula


Here in cell P1 we used the sum formula which is =SUM(A1:O1). This was much more efficient than manually using the operators as we did previously.

Below is an example of us calculating the average of the values entered into cells A1 through I1 using the operators and not the function.

Excel formula tutorial Average function


If you look at the example below we performed the same calculation except we used the Average formula by entering =AVERAGE(A1:I1) in cell J1. This is a much cleaner, easier and error free way of performing the same calculation.

Excel formula tutorial Average function


Excel also offers functions that can eliminate manual editing that would otherwise take hours. An example of this is the PROPER function. The PROPER function converts content such as names and titles to their “proper” case structure. See the example below.

Proper formula in Excel 2013

Excel proper function


There are also functions that allow you to perform calculations that would not be available using only the operators. An example of this is the MAX function. The MAX function detects the largest value in a range of cells.

Excel Max Function Tutorial


Excel Max Function Tutorial


Another type of formula that Excel offers is the IF Function which is a decision making formula. The IF Function basically says "If "this" happens then "this" is the result and if "that" happens then "that" is the result." An example of the IF Function is shown below.

If Function Excel

If Function Excel

Excel Function Arguments

One thing that all Excel worksheet functions have in common is that they use parenthesis. The information that is listed inside the parenthesis is known as the list of arguments. Different functions use different types of arguments. The types of arguments Excel functions use are
  • No Argument
  • A fixed set of arguments
  • An indefinite number of arguments
  • A single argument
  • Optional Arguments

An example of a function that doesn’t use an argument is the TODAY function. The TODAY function still requires a set parenthesis, but you simply don’t enter any information inside the parenthesis. If you were to enter the TODAY function into a cell you would do by entering =TODAY() and the result would be today’s date.

A function that uses a fixed set of arguments would be the Quotient argument. When you enter the Quotient formula into a cell then open the parenthesis, Excel will display a small information box describing how to enter your argument into the parenthesis. For the Quotient formula Excel requires a fixed set of two arguments, the numerator and the denominator. See the image below.

quotient formula in excel argument


An example of a formula the uses and indefinite number of arguments would be the PRODUCT formula. The PRODUCT formula finds the “product” or all the arguments by multiplying them together. You can enter as many arguments as you want but you just need to make sure that each argument is separated by a comma. An example of the product formula is shown below.

Excel product formula argument


In my example of the Product formula I entered nine arguments but I could have entered as many as I want as implied by the information box where is says “…[Number8], [Number9], [Number10], …)”

An example of a formula the uses and indefinite number of arguments would be the PRODUCT formula. The PRODUCT formula finds the “product” or all the arguments by multiplying them together. You can enter as many arguments as you want but you just need to make sure that each argument is separated by a comma. An example of the product formula is shown below.

Excel product formula argument


In my example of the Product formula I entered nine arguments but I could have entered as many as I want as implied by the information box where is says “…[Number8], [Number9], [Number10], …)”

The Absolute function is an example of a single argument function. In Excel the Absolute function is abbreviated with ABS, so you would enter =ABS into a cell and then in the parenthesis you would enter your argument which is a single number or a cell which contains a number. If we enter =ABS(-247) in a cell, the function will calculate and return the absolute value of -247 which is 247. See the example below.

Absolute Function in Excel ABS

Types of Excel Arguments

Arguments in Excel can consist of cell references, literal values, literal text strings, expressions, or other functions.

  • Cell reference: =PRODUCT(A1:A15)
  • Literal value: =ABS(-247)
  • Literal text string: =PROPER("this is the title of a book")
  • Expression: =SQRT(15+10)
  • Other functions: =SQRT(PRODUCT(A1:A5))

Find the next tutorial in the links below.


Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Essentials of Formulas and Functions in Excel

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Excel Operators and Formulas

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Order of Operations Operator Precedence (PEDMAS)

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Worksheet Functions and Formulas

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to Insert Functions in Excel (Manual, AutoComplete, Function Library, Insert Function Dialog Box)

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to Use Functions and Cell Range Names

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to Search for and Insert Functions Using the Insert Function Dialog Box

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: The Insert Function and Function Arguments Dialog Boxes

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Cell Reference for Formulas and Functions

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Formulas and Funtions in the Tables Total Row

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Excel Tables Formula Cell Reference

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Circular Reference and Enabling Iterations to Fix Circular Reference Formulas

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Excel Formula Errors

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to Turn Off Automatic Calculations for Excel Formulas and Functions

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to Define Cell Names and Refer to Named Cells in Formulas and Functions

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to Name Formulas in Excel 2013 Tutorial

Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Cell Range Names References and Intersects