Excel

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View, edit, or create spreadsheets from anywhere. Excel keeps your data organized, making it simpler to read and manipulate. With Excel, you can create lists, various forms of charts, graphs, pivot tables, schedules, diagrams and much more. You can also perform calculations and plug formulas right into your spreadsheet so it auto-calculates data for you.

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When you enter some data into Excel, the program sometimes reformats it automatically. This often happens when dates are inputted.

For example, sometimes when a date is entered in this format:

date format

Excel might reformat it to this:

date format

To change it back to how it was inputted, right click the cell and choose  Format Cells… .

format cells

Choose an option from the  Category  list. In this case, we will choose  Text , so that our data remains exactly how we’ve entered it.

It may convert the data to a number after you pick a  Category . In this case, just reenter the data again as  September 10, 2017  and now that the cell is formatted as text, it should display in the exact format you enter it.

If your spreadsheet isn’t performing the calculations it’s supposed to, there’s a good chance  Calculation  is set to  Manual .

To alter this:

WINDOWS

  1. Click  File > Options > Formulas .
  2. Ensure  Automatic  is selected and not  Manual .

manual calculation setting

MAC

  1. Click  Excel > Preferences > Calculation .
  2. Ensure  Automatic  is selected and not  Manual .

automatic calculation

You can refer to cells that are on other worksheets in the same workbook by prepending the name of the worksheet followed by an exclamation point ( ! ) to the start of the cell reference. In the following example, the worksheet function named  AVERAGE  calculates the average value for the range B1:B10 on the worksheet named Marketing in the same workbook.

formula

1. Refers to the worksheet named Marketing

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

3. Separates the worksheet reference from the cell range reference

To enter a formula:

1. Click the cell in which you want to enter the formula.

2. In the formula bar formula bar , type  =  (equal sign) and the formula you want to use.

3. Click the tab for the worksheet to be referenced.

4. Select the cell or range of cells to be referenced.

1. Select the cells you want to check for duplicates.

2. Click  Home  >  Conditional Formatting  >  Highlight Cells Rules  >  Duplicate Values .

highlight cell rules

3. In the box next to  values with , pick the formatting you want to apply to the duplicate values, and then click  OK .

format

Remove duplicate values

1. Select the range of cells that has duplicate values you want to remove.

2. Click  Data  >  Remove Duplicates , and then Under  Columns , check or uncheck the columns where you want to remove the duplicates.

remove duplicates

For example, in this worksheet, the January column has price information we want to keep.

worksheet

Simply uncheck  January  in the  Remove Duplicates  box to keep this data.

uncheck

5. Click  OK .

VLOOKUP is a function that works a lot like a phonebook. It allows you to look up a piece of data that  you know , to find out data associated with it that  you don’t know . In the phonebook scenario, you look up the name of someone  you know  to find out their phone number, something  you   don’t know .

If you use Excel to track your assignment due dates, you could use VLOOKUP to search for an assignment name, and view the associated information with that assignment, like the due date.

To learn how to use VLOOKUP, watch this helpful  training video  provided by Microsoft.