### Calculating Time with Excel Formulas

How often have you looked at your watch and typed the current time into your worksheet? Or tried to convert from one time zone to another and produced an error? Or wondered why a time shows up looking like “0.9285”? Fortunately, these questions are easy to answer once you understand how Excel time formulas work….

### How to Use the Excel Match Function to Find Data

In Excel, some functions exist to be used to increase functionality when paired with other functions. MATCH is a good example. MATCH helps you search a range of references to find a “match” to your query. It then returns the position of that match. In short, you can use MATCH to look for your data…

### Unleashing the Flexibility of Excel Text Formulas

Data collection is an important part of business. It is customer satisfaction survey results, employee performance assessments, market and industry research, lead generation analysis, or anything that depends on collecting, comparing and seeking relevant information. Unfortunately, depending on the setup and your tools, raw data can be confusing and impossible to share unless everyone speaks…

### Compound Annual Growth Rate: Comparing Investments with the Excel CAGR Formula

Does your company offer several types of IRA accounts? Are you unsure of your current IRA strategy? How do you know if the choices you make for your future are the best available to you? Say you review your IRA returns and consider changing your mix of investments. Five years ago, you invested \$10,000 in…

### No Excel Multiplication Formula? 3 Ways to Multiply in Excel

While there is no “Excel multiply formula” there are multiple ways to multiply in Excel. For instance, do you use an asterisk (*) to multiply, but hit a brick wall when you apply other arithmetic operators? What about shortcuts for multiplying many numbers in one step? Read on for three powerful ways to perform an…

Excel makes it easy to decipher why a formula produces its result. When you click on the cell, the formula is displayed in the formula bar. If that’s not enough, you can select the Formulas ribbon and click Evaluate Formulas for a step-by-step walkthrough. But what happens when you don’t want the formulas displayed? If…

### Visually Display Composite Data — How to Create an Excel Waterfall Chart

Have you ever needed to present a chart that displays component data that roll up to a total? If all of the values are positive, Excel’s stacked column chart works beautifully; but it breaks down when your data includes both positive and negative values. The answer is an Excel waterfall chart! A waterfall chart solves…

### Ease the Pain of Data Entry with an Excel Forms Template

Excel makes it easy to work with data tables, but first you must get that data into tables. Keying data into a spreadsheet and moving the cursor after each entry can be frustrating at best; at worst, it can leave you with mangled data in an unusable format. Fortunately, Excel provides data entry forms to…

### Excel Formulas Not Calculating? How to Fix it Fast

You’ve created the reports for your management meeting, and, just before you print copies for the executives, you discover that the totals are all showing last month’s values. How do you fix it—fast? 1. Check for Automatic Recalculation On the Formulas ribbon, look to the far right and click Calculation Options. On the dropdown list,…

### What is the Excel Concatenate Function and How Does It Work?

The CONCATENATE function joins two or more text strings together into one string. For example, if you have the customer’s first name in Column A and the last name in Column B, you could use “=CONCATENATE(A3,“ ”,B3)” to produce a string containing first name and last name.

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