Almost every professional working in a corporate set up spends a substantial amount of time on Excel spreadsheets than they may care to admit. Excel offers a huge variety of features and functions that can improve the ability to perform tasks daily. Functions are the driving force behind Excel that allow you to turn information into insights. They allow you to interpret and alter your data according to the conditions you set.
Without further ado, here is the list of 10 Excel functions everyone should know:
1. CONCATENATE: If you need to combine data from multiple cells into one cell please use this formula.
2. =IF: The IF function is one of the most popular functions in Excel. It allows you to make logical comparisons between a value and what you expect. IF statement can have two results. For Example: The IF function checks whether a condition is met, and returns one value if true and another value if false.
3. =TRIM: If the data in the spreadsheet has multiple spaces, TRIM will remove extra spaces from text. Thus, it will leave only single spaces between words.
4. =AVERAGE: This formula in excel is used to get the average of the value in one or more cells or Range.
5. =LEN: This function excel is used to calculate the number of characters in a cell or Text.
6. =VLOOKUP: VLOOKUP stands for ‘Vertical Lookup’. It’s a function that makes excel search for a certain value in a column, in order to return a value from a different column in the same row. The syntax for this would be as follows: =VLOOKUP(lookup value, range, column number, false or true).
7. UPPER, LOWER, PROPER: The UPPER function converts lower case letters to upper case and the lower function removes capital letters. The proper function, makes the first letter of each word capital and leaves the other letters lower case.
8. =Days: This function will help you to get the estimate number of days between two days.
9. =Count: This Excel Function is used to Count the numeric value in one or more cells
10. =Max & =Min: This is a very useful formula. With =MAX you can find the largest number in your data, and with =MIN you can find the smallest.
This isn’t a comprehensive list but knowing these key functions will definitely increase your productivity, you will be able to do your work faster, and the risk of mistakes in calculations will also be less.