Excel Formulas & Functions - Find Answers in Your Excel Data
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Excel Formulas & Functions - Find Answers in Your Excel Data

Excel Training-How to Use Formulas and Functions in Excel Spreadsheets-Learn on Excel 2010, Excel 2013, or Excel 2016
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Created by Steve McDonald
Last updated 10/2019
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What you'll learn
  • Identify formulas and functions and know the difference between the two.
  • Locate and use any of the functions in Excel using various methods, such as the Formula Tab.
  • Use the 7 most important Excel functions in common spreadsheet computations.
  • Understand the important difference between Absolute and Relative cell references to increase your computing power.
  • Identify the various parts of an Excel formula so you can create or modify formulas to fit your needs.
  • Use the SUM function in Excel
  • Use AVERAGE and AVERAGEA functions in Excel
  • Use COUNT and COUNTA functions in Excel
  • Use IF functions in Excel
  • Use SUMIF and SUMIFS functions in Excel
  • Use COUNTIF and COUNTIFS functions in Excel
  • Use VLOOKUP in Excel
  • Use LEFT, RIGHT and MID functions in Excel
  • A basic knowledge of how to use Excel is needed. I recommend first taking my beginning course called Easy Excel Basics for Beginners - Learn Quickly and Easily. That will give you enough background to be ready to learn more about Formulas and Functions.
  • This course was created using Excel 2010, but all of the information is suitable for other versions of Excel as well, such as Excel 2013 or Excel 2016.

Do you want to learn how to use Excel Formulas and Functions but find it all a bit overwhelming?

Do you need Excel to succeed at work, but wonder where to even start?

If so, you're in the right place. In this course I'm going to teach you how to use Excel Formulas and Functions without any tears or pulling your hair out.

I'm so confident that this course will increase your efficiency and understanding of Excel formulas and functions that I guarantee it! If you aren't 100% satisfied with ANYTHING that you've learned or you don't see the results in your work within 30 days of signing up, you get a FULL REFUND.

Why should you take this course?

  1. I make learning Excel as simple as possible. Excel can seem extremely complex and overwhelming at times. But I break every function down into simple, manageable steps. I also use easy, realistic examples that you can follow along with.

  2. I get right to the point in every lecture. I know you're busy so I don't waste a lot of time on tangents, personal stories or filler like many instructors do. If the lecture is about VLOOKUP, I'm going to get straight to teaching you how to use VLOOKUP so you can put it to use right away.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for beginning or intermediate Excel learners who are new to using formulas and functions to make calculations in Excel. It is also appropriate for anyone who wants to learn to use functions but feels intimidated or overwhelmed.

What's included in the course?

  1. What is a formula? What is a function?

  2. The anatomy of a formula and how to create one.

  3. How to use the SUM function.

  4. How to use the AVERAGE and AVERAGEA functions.

  5. How to use the COUNT and COUNTA functions.

  6. How to use the IF function.

  7. How to use the SUMIF and SUMIFS functions.

  8. How to use the COUNT and COUNTIFS functions.

  9. How to use the popular VLOOKUP function.

  10. How to use RIGHT, LEFT and MID to sort data easily.

  11. A complete demonstration of how to use each function and what to use if for.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my course. I can't wait to help you take your Excel Formulas and Functions to the next level!

To learn more now, watch one of the FREE preview lectures.

Remember, If you aren't 100% satisfied with ANYTHING that you've learned or you don't see the results in your work within 30 days of signing up, get a FULL REFUND.

If you're ready to get started, click on the "Take This Course" button and in just a couple of hours you'll be amazed at what you can do with Excel.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is suitable for any level of Excel user from beginning to advanced but it is mostly geared toward beginning and intermediate level learners.
  • This course is for you if you are looking for a clearer understanding of how to use common functions, where to find them and some tips and tricks to make your work with functions easier.
Course content
Expand all 19 lectures 01:24:20
+ Introduction
4 lectures 19:31

Hi, and welcome to the Excel 2010 Formulas and Functions course. I'm excited to show you how to use Excel formulas and functions to increase your productivity at work or at home. This lecture gives you an overview of what this course is about. It also gives you some tips for using the course and the Udemy platform so you can get the most out of this course.

Preview 04:33

An Excel formula is basically just an expression (mathematical or language) used to calculate the value of a cell. This video shows you some very basic, but powerful, examples of what a formula looks like.

Preview 02:26

A function is basically a pre-formatted formula provided by Excel to make entering your formulas quicker and easier. This lecture introduces you to functions so you can find them and use them easily.

Preview 07:15

The anatomy of an Excel formula is all of the numbers, words and symbols that make up a formula. These are all very important to understand because it enables you to create, modify or correct formulas to do the big calculations for you, saving you lots of time and effort.

In this lecture we'll learn the 6 parts of a formula. This lecture will answer these questions:

  • What is the equals sign for in an Excel formula?
  • What do the parentheses do in an Excel formula?
  • How to you write the cell reference as a range of cells?
  • What is an operator?
  • What order of operations does Excel follow?
Preview 05:17
+ Using Formulas
2 lectures 11:19

There are a number of ways to select cells when inserting a formula. This lecture shows you how to select cells by entering them manually, left clicking the mouse, left clicking and dragging the mouse, left clicking the mouse and holding the control key, and using the shift and arrow keys. Being able to select your range of cells quickly and easily allows you to create formulas more efficiently and save lots of time.

How to Easily Select Cells to Use in a Formula

Most formulas that you create in Excel reference relative cells by default. However, by creating absolute cell references you can incorporate a fixed cell into your equation while still being able to copy the formula to a bunch of other cells. This will teach you the difference between absolute and relative cell references, and it will show you how to use them in formulas and why it's useful.

The Importance of Absolute vs. Relative Cell References
+ The 7 Most Important Excel Functions
7 lectures 35:10

The AVERAGE and AVERAGEA functions in Excel allow you to calculate the average, or mean, of a group of numbers. The AVERAGEA function allows you to calculate the average of a group of cells, even if one or more of the cells is not a number. In this case the AVERAGEA formula treats the non-number cell as a zero. Check out the lecture to learn more about these useful Excel functions.

Using the AVERAGE and AVERAGEA Functions

The COUNT and COUNTA functions in Excel are simple but powerful calculations. They count the number of cells in a range and return that number as an answer. The only difference is that the COUNT function ignores any cells that do not have a number value. On the other hand, the COUNTA function includes ALL cells in the range whether they contain a number or not.

Using the COUNT and COUNTA Functions

IF statements in Excel are very simple but powerful calculations. They determine whether a value in a cell is true or false, then perform calculations based on the answer.

Using the IF Function

The SUMIF and SUMIFS functions in Excel take addition calculations to the next level. If you want to add up the total sales for all of the sales reps in the West region you would use the SUMIF function. If you want to add up the total sales for all of the sales reps in the West region who also hit their monthly targets you would use the SUMIFS function.

Using the SUMIF and SUMIFS Functions

The COUNTIF and COUNTIFS Excel functions are similar to the SUMIF and SUMIFS functions in that they allow you to do a calculation that takes additional criteria into account.

Using the COUNTIF and COUNTIFS Functions

VLOOKUP is one of the most popular and useful functions in Excel. Like the SUM function, it's power lies in it's simplicity. But don't let that simplicity fool you. You have to get a number of elements correct to make it work right. This lecture includes some basic rules to follow for success with the VLOOKUP function as well as a walk through of how to use VLOOKUP in Excel.


The LEFT, RIGHT and MID functions in Excel are helpful for sorting strings of fixed width data into separate columns. This sorting can make the data easier to see in and Excel spreadsheet as well as easier to use for further sorting or calculations.

Using Left, Right and Mid to Sort Data
+ Other Valuable Excel Functions You Should Know
4 lectures 15:45

Many students of Excel have told me that Concatenate is their number one favorite function. Concatenate basically just combines text from different cells into one cell. This can save you a ton of time doing monotonous data entry.

For example, if you have a column of first names and a column of last names, you can quickly and easily combine them into a third column using the Concatenate function.

You can take Bob and Smith in separate columns and combine them to say Bob Smith in a single column.

Using CONCATENATE to Combine Text

When you're importing data that isn't in the format that you want, UPPER, LOWER, and PROPER can help you quickly and easily correct it.


The LEN function in Excel basically just counts the number of  characters in a string of text. LEN is not used on it's own very often,  but when used in conjunction with other functions it can be a huge time  saver.

LEN - Length of Text

The FIND and SEARCH functions in Excel are very similar to each  other. Both are designed to search for any given character or string of  characters within a given string and return a number indicating where it  begins within that string. The main difference between the two is that  SEARCH is not case sensitive and FIND is case sensitive.

For example, if you want to find the word "West", the SEARCH function  will find it even if you are searching for "west", while the FIND  function will not unless you look for the word "West".

+ Conclusion - Thank You and Bonus
2 lectures 02:34

Thanks for watching Excel 2010 Formulas and Functions. I'll see you in the discussions!


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