Formula in Excel 2016 2013 2010 2007 2003

Quick way to transform your data without using formulas

Sometimes, especially when you work with a lot of data, you need to transform it. If you need to convert some range of data by dividing or multiplying it, it can be done in Excel in two clicks:

How to count cells by criteria

Use COUNTIF if you need to sum values for a particular person or another criterion.

How to sum cells by criteria

Use SUMIF if you need to sum values for a particular person or another criterion.

Hide formulas from appearing in the edit bar

You can usually view formulas in an Excel cell when the cell is selected, but you can protect a spreadsheet by hiding the formulas in some cells.

How to generate series of dates

Often you'll want to insert a series of dates into a worksheet. The most efficient way to enter a series of dates doesn't require any formulas - just use Excel's AutoFill feature.

Using Solver

The Solver tool allows you to specify multiple adjustable cells and constraints on the values that the adjustable cells can have, generate a solution that maximizes or minimizes a particular worksheet cell, generate multiple solutions to a problem.

Goal Seeking

Goal seeking is a useful feature that works in conjunction with your formulas. If you know what a formula result should be, Excel can tell you which values of one or more input cells you need to produce that result.

Calculating the difference between two time stamps

Because timestamps are represented as serial numbers, you can subtract the earlier time from the later time to get the difference.

Calculating the number of work days between two dates

When calculating the difference between two dates, you may want to exclude weekends and holidays.

Counting the number of unique values

You can easily count the number of unique values of the range using a simple formula.

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information you’ve provided to them or they’ve collected from your use of their services.

Learn more