Monday, March 1, 2021

Formulas & Functions

Virtually everything business users do with Excel involves worksheet formulas and functions. And this category concentrates on that topic.

This category also includes what Microsoft calls “Names”—which many of us call “Range Names.” More accurately, however, “Names” are named formulas.

Check tags for information about specific functions.

Using Excel 2007 and above, you can create shaded areas in charts to specify areas of special interest. Here's how to do this using normal curves.

How to Create Normal Curves With Shaded Areas in Excel

Adding shaded areas to normal curves like this is a challenging task in Excel charting. But once you know how, it's not difficult to...
Does your company need to make scheduled payments to companies that don't send invoices? This worksheet will help to plan those cash requirements.

Manage Periodic Payments with an Excel Cash Calendar

Most companies must write checks periodically to companies that don't send invoices. Often, their accounting systems provide little help in keeping track of these...
Excel's four better-known functions for rounding numbers are: INT, ROUND, ROUNDUP, and ROUNDDOWN. Here's how to understand and use them in your Excel work.

How to Use Excel’s Better-Known Rounding Functions: INT, ROUNDUP, ROUNDDOWN, & ROUND

Excel has one way to round up or down from the first generation. In recent generations it has also offered a second method. And...
To use Account Groups in Excel formulas, you first must define the groups. Here’s how to do it using either simple lists or Dynamic Arrays.

How to Define General Ledger Account Groups in Excel

In Part 1 of this series, How to Report GL Account Groups in Excel, we explored the strategy for creating financial reports that use...
Benford's Law reveals an amazing characteristic of data. Not only does it help to identify fraud, it could help you to improve budgets and forecasts.

Use Benford’s Law & Charts in Excel to Improve Business Planning

Unless you're a public accountant, you probably haven't experimented with Benford's Law. Auditors sometimes use this fascinating statistical insight to uncover fraudulent accounting data. But it might reveal...
You can sort data with formulas in two ways. One way requires Excel 2019 and above. This article explains how to sort data in all versions of Excel.

How to Sort Data in Reports Automatically Using Excel Formulas

Many Excel reports include tables that show sorted results. Usually, these tables were sorted manually in Excel, using the Data, Sort command. However, reports...
The LET function is the most powerful function that Microsoft has released for Excel in years. Here's an introduction to its features.

How to Use Excel’s LET Function

In the summer of 2020, Microsoft introduced the LET function for Excel 365—one of the most-significant new worksheet functions that Microsoft has introduced in...
How to aggregate named groups of GL accounts.

How to Report GL Account Groups in Excel

Believe it or not, this income statement is quite sophisticated. It's not nearly as simple-minded as it looks. In fact, this income statement illustrates a...
You can use probability distributions to manage the uncertainty about your assumptions when you create simulations in Excel. Here's how.

How to Return Random Numbers from a Normal Distribution for Your Excel Forecasts

(This is the first of two articles about normal distributions. The second article is, How to Create Monte Carlo Models and Forecasts Using Excel Data...
Mortgage lenders give you many options for your interest rate and amortization period. This workbook helps you to choose from among them.

Compare Loan Payment Options in Excel

When you’re comparing your payment options for mortgage loans, your choices can be overwhelming... When in St. Ives, I found a home, Then looked at seven...

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The LET function is the most powerful function that Microsoft has released for Excel in years. Here's an introduction to its features.

How to Use Excel’s LET Function

In the summer of 2020, Microsoft introduced the LET function for Excel 365—one of the most-significant new worksheet functions that Microsoft has introduced in...
You can ratchet down errors in your Excel reports by using an Error Summary Table that uses conditional formatting to alert you to errors.

How to Set Up an Automatic Error-Checking System in Excel Reports

Decades ago, I worked as a cost accountant for a large company. But because our department received terrible reports, I wrote my own reports...using...
Here's how to create an Excel array from two others, with the arrays stacked either one on top of the other, or side-by-side, like books on a shelf.

How to Stack and Shelve Dynamic Arrays

While using Excel 365 recently, I needed to create one dynamic array that would consist of two arrays, with one stacked on top of...
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