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Excel Formulas and Functions For Dummies, 4th Edition

Excel Formulas and Functions For Dummies, 4th Edition

Ken Bluttman

ISBN: 978-1-119-07679-7

Nov 2015

408 pages



Grab these Excel formulas and functions to make your life easier!

Are you intimidated by major financial choices, like which loan to get or how to grow your savings? Don't worry—we all are! But Excel Formulas & Functions For Dummies, 4th Edition can take some of the pain out of the data organization and analysis processes. This step-by-step reference sheds light on Microsoft Excel's 150 most useful functions, and offers detailed instructions on how to implement them. Additionally, each function is illustrated by helpful, real-world examples that show how they are used within a larger formula. To take your knowledge of Excel's functions a step further, 85 specialized functions are described in abbreviated form so you can use Excel to better support your decision-making process when securing a mortgage, buying a car, computing classroom grades, evaluating investment performance, and more.

Functions are predefined formulas that you can use to make data analysis a bit easier within the Microsoft Excel framework. Functions use specific values, called arguments, to calculate a variety of things, from simple sums and averages to more complicated loan payments.

  • Explore the 150 most useful functions that help Microsoft Excel make your life easier
  • Access real-world examples of how functions fit into larger formulas
  • Discover 85 specialized functions, which are described in abbreviated form and take your knowledge of Excel to the next level
  • Understand how Microsoft Excel can help you make key decisions, such as whether to go with a 15-year or 30-year mortgage

Excel Formulas & Functions For Dummies, 4th Edition brings order to chaotic data—and helps you make decisions with confidence!

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Formulas and Functions 5

Chapter 1: Tapping Into Formula and Function Fundamentals 7

Chapter 2: Saving Time with Function Tools 37

Chapter 3: Saying “Array!” for Formulas and Functions 55

Chapter 4: Fixing Formula Boo-Boos 65

Part II: Doing the Math 83

Chapter 5: Calculating Loan Payments and Interest Rates 85

Chapter 6: Appreciating What You’ll Get, Depreciating What You’ve Got 103

Chapter 7: Using Basic Math Functions 119

Chapter 8: Advancing Your Math 137

Part III: Solving with Statistics 159

Chapter 9: Throwing Statistics a Curve 161

Chapter 10: Using Significance Tests 199

Chapter 11: Rolling the Dice on Predictions and Probability 209

Part IV: Dancing with Data 227

Chapter 12: Dressing Up for Date Functions 229

Chapter 13: Keeping Well-Timed Functions 249

Chapter 14: Using Lookup, Logical, and Reference Functions 259

Chapter 15: Digging Up the Facts 291

Chapter 16: Writing Home about Text Functions 307

Chapter 17: Playing Records with Database Functions 333

Part V: The Part of Tens 347

Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Working with Formulas 349

Chapter 19: Ten Functions You Really Should Know 361

Chapter 20: Some Really Cool Functions 367

Index 373