Using Functions in Excel

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  • 1. Using Functions in Excel
  • 2. Review A FUNCTION is a built in formula that is a shortcut for common calculations. Example: =SUM(A1:A20)
  • 3. Types of Functions Excel places functions in various categories
  • 4. Common Functions In this class we will use a few common functions
  • 5. Common Functions SUM - Adds the contents in the range of the function PRODUCT – Multiplies the contents in the range of the function QUOTIENT – Divides the contents in the range of the function AVERAGE – Finds the average of the content in the range MAX – Finds the largest value in the range of the function MIN – Finds the lowest value in the range of the function ABS – Returns the absolute value of a number
  • 6. Common Functions There is NO function for subtraction in excel
  • 7. Using Functions Functions can be used in the same ways that formulas are used
  • 8. Using Functions Calculation for numbers by themselves. Example: Gives the sum of the numbers 1 and 3 =SUM(1,3)
  • 9. Using Functions Calculation for numbers and cells. Example: Gives the sum of cell A1 and the number 3 =SUM(a1,3)
  • 10. Using Functions Calculation for cells. Example: Gives the sum for the range of cells a1 through c1 =SUM(a1:c1)
  • 11. Using Functions IMPORTANT!! When using NUMBERS with functions; use a comma =SUM(1,3) When using cell references with function, use a colon =SUM(a1:c1)