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How To Use Formulas In Excel

Formulas are those wonderful features in Excel that do all the work for folks like me who are not all that adept dealing with numbers. Am I OK letting the program do that work for me?  Heck yeah!

Follow the steps below to allow Excel to save you lots and lots of time and frustration:

  • =NOW – Shows the date and time
  • =TODAY0 – Shows the current date without the time
  • =MONTH(TODAY0 – Shows current month in a cell
  • =TODAY0+10 – Adds 10 days to the current date
  • =SUM – Calculates the sum of a group of values
  • =AVERAGE – calculates the mean of a group of values
  • =COUNT – Counts the number of cells in a range that contain numbers
  • =INT – Removes the decimal portion of a number
  • =ROUND – Rounds a number to a specified number of decimal places
  • =IF – Tests for a true or false condition

Caveat: Where it looks like a lower case ‘O’ at the end of a formula, here it is actually a zero.

And this is just the beginning!  Be on the lookout for even more of these wonderful formulas in future posts!

1 thought on “How To Use Formulas In Excel”

  1. Nice. I use about half of those, but the others were new to me.

    What about those formulas we create ourselves. I have one I use monthly but have to copy and paste it every time. Is there a way I can add it to Excel’s list for personal use?

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