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• 1. Using the Function in Excel COMPUTER LITERACY FORM 1
• 2. Function
• A function is a predefined formula that performs a common or complex calculation.
• 3.
• A function consists of two components: the function name and, in most cases, an argument list .
• 4.
• For example, the SUM function adds values or a range of cells.
• 5.
• You enter the range of cells as an argument to the function, and Excel calculates the total of the range.
• 6.
• A typical SUM function, totaling cells B5 through B10, looks like this. =SUM(B5:B10)
• 7.
• =SUM(B5:B10)
• function name
• argument list
• 8.
• Excel’s AutoSum feature offers a shortcut for entering SUM functions to total ranges of cells.
• 9.
• When you click the AutoSum button on the Standard toolbar, Excel totals cells directly above or to the left of the cell containing the function.
• 10. Using Basic Statistical Functions
• Excel offers hundreds of functions, many of which are very specific to certain tasks or to people in certain occupations.
• 11.
• There are a couple of functions that you use all of the time and many that you will never have reason to use.
• 12.
• Excel’s basic and most
• frequently used functions
• are shown in the following
• table.
• 13. =SUM(B5:B10) Example Totals the numeric arguments. Meaning Sum Function
• 14. =AVERAGE(B5:B10) Example Computes the average (arithmetic mean) of the numeric arguments. Meaning Average Function
• 15. =COUNT(B5:B10) Example Within the argument list, counts only the cells that contain numbers. Meaning Count Function
• 16. =MIN(B5:B10) Example Returns the smallest number within the arguments. Meaning Min Function
• 17. =MAX(B5:B10) Example Returns the largest number within the arguments. Meaning Max Function