Microsoft Excel

2.1 Opening Microsoft Excel 2.2 Microsoft Excel Startup Screen 2.4 Introduction to the Excel Interface 2.5 Customizing the Excel Quick Access Toolbar 2.6 More on the Excel Interface 2.7 Understanding the Structure of an Excel Workbook 2.8 Saving an Excel Document 2.9 Opening an Existing Excel Document 2.10 Common Excel Shortcut Keys 3.1 Entering Text to Create Spreadsheet Titles 3.2 Working with Numeric Data in Excel 3.3 Entering Date Values in Excel 3.4 Working with Cell References 3.5 Creating Basic Formulas in Excel 3.6 Relative Versus Absolute Cell References in Formulas 3.7 Understanding the Order of Operation 4.1 The structure of an Excel Function 4.2 Working with the SUM() Function – Excel 4.3 Working with the MIN() and MAX() Functions 4.4 Working with the AVERAGE() Function 4.5 Working with the COUNT() Function 4.6 Adjacent Cells Error in Excel Calculations 4.7 Using the AutoSum Command 4.8 Excel’s AutoSum Shortcut Key 4.9 Using the AutoFill Command to Copy Formulas 5.1 Moving and Copying Data in an Excel Worksheet 5.2. Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns 5.3. Changing the Width and Height of Cells 5.4 Hiding and Unhiding Excel Rows and Columns 5.5 Renaming an Excel Worksheet 5.6. Deleting an Excel Worksheet 5.7 Moving and Copying an Excel Worksheet 6.1 Working with Font Formatting Commands 6.2. Changing the Background Color of a Cell 6.3. Adding Borders to Cells 6.4. Formatting Data as Currency Values 6.5. Formatting Percentages 6.6. Using Excel’s Format Painter 6.7. Creating Styles to Format Data 6.8. Merging and Centering Cells 6.9. Using Conditional Formatting 7.1 Inserting Images and Shapes into an Excel Worksheet 7.2 Inserting Shapes In Excel 7.3 Formatting Excel Shapes 7.4. Working with Excel SmartArt 8.1. Creating an Excel Column Chart 8.2. Working with the Excel Chart Ribbon 8.3. Adding and Modifying Data on an Excel Chart 8.4. Formatting an Excel Chart 8.5. Moving a Chart to another Worksheet 8.6. Working with Excel Pie Charts 9.1. Viewing your Document in Print Preview 9.2. Changing the Margins, Scaling and Orientation 9.3 Adding Header and Footer Content 9.4 Printing a Specific Range of Cells 10.1. Intro to Excel Templates 10.3. Opening an Existing Template 10.4. Creating a Custom Template 13.1 Understanding Excel List Structure 13.2 Sorting a List Using Single Level Sort 13.3 Sorting a List Using Multi-Level Sorts 13.4 Using Custom Sorts in an Excel List 13.5 Filter an Excel List Using the AutoFilter Tool 13.6 Creating Subtotals in a List 13.7 Format a List as a Table 13.8 Using Conditional Formatting to Find Duplicates 13.9 Removing Duplicates in Excel 14.1 Excel DSUM Function Single Criteria 14.2 Excel DSUM Function with OR Criteria 14.3 Excel DSUM Function with AND Criteria 14.4 Excel Function: DAVERAGE() 14.5 Excel Function: DCOUNT() 14.6 Excel Function: SUBTOTAL() 15.1 Creating an Excel Data Validation List 15.2 Excel Decimal Data Validation 15.3 Adding a Custom Excel Data Validation Error 15.4 Dynamic Formulas by Using Excel Data Validation Techniques 16.1 Importing Data from Text Files into Excel 16.2 Excel 2019

4.6 Adjacent Cells Error in Excel Calculations

Let us pause for just a moment and kind of move away from using functions. I want to show something off here because it is a common question that I get at this point within this Excel training.

If you take-a-look at spreadsheet, we got some row labels with bills, we got some months and totals and percent, we got a nice row total there for each of our months and we got some additional calculations for min max average and accounts. I have not completed my count yet, I am going to do that in a moment.

If we look closely at some of formulas in cell B11, some of them have a little green triangle in the corner, see all those there.

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What is that all about, This is a pretty common question, I get people asking well what is happening here. If I click into one of those cells, I am going to get a little box. It is a little diamond with an explanation mark in there and it looks like something is wrong.

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You can look it, what is wrong. If I click that little box this tells me that the formula omits adjacent cells. Excel is always trying to be helpful.

Excel’s a very smart application but it does not have a lot of context built into it. It just sees numbers or text, it does not know that all these numbers are bills these values are text values for labels, these numbers are dates. They are different from currency amounts. It does not have that context, It just sees numbers and text.

Now, I am select B8 cell, you have saw the formula is SUM(B4:B7)

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I click on diamond button beside, then click Update Formula to Include Cells

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Now, the formula is SUM(B3:B7), it include text in B3 cell, but I get 45236 that is wrong result.

Click Ctrl+Z to undo

I am going to go ahead and highlight all those cells and I will select Ignore Error.

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Well they are not errors, It is just excel trying to be helpful sometimes. In this case we can ignore it, we do not need it.

So, go through clean that up if you are getting those little triangles clean up those errors, make sure Excel understands what we are trying to do.