Excel Functions


Excel Basics

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

6.7. Creating Styles to Format Data

Now the next operation that I want to perform here has a similar concept, think of formatting when you format something. There is a number of options that you can perform, I could change the font the color of the font the background and borders the font size, Italicize it a number of features that you can perform to make something more presentable.

Now let us say that you want to create consistency through-out your document in formatting, my headers they should always be blue and background white text in bold and have not a border at the bottom and I want to use that everywhere.

Well, I could use the format painter or I can do it manually but that is still a lot of work especially for really large documents, and then what if you format a document you make all your headers beautiful, they are big in bold and blue and white text and so on. You handed out to your co-workers and there just this is great. But you know with that blue it just does not go with the rest of our documents it is not our style, I want it to match the green that is in my logo, It should be green backgrounds not blue.

And you think well now you get to go back through this document. I got an update everywhere that we have to make it green. What is a task?

Well styles are saved formatting, formatting that you create you save off and then you can reuse apply anywhere you need within a worksheet or instead of any worksheet in the workbook created once and just reuse it.

Now on top of that you can modify a style, and this will update every cell that uses that style.

This is how you work with styles instead of Excel. And once again much like the format painter, this is exclusive to excel I use styles inside Microsoft Word all the time, super saver on time. and it also works with various features like table of contents inside a word. There are the styles inside of Excel.

So first you know what I am going to create a style that will change my headers, my headers are already formatted though so to clear this up I am going to go ahead and highlight my headers (B5 to G5 columns), and I am going to clear the format and I am going to get back to square one once again just black text so on Home tab, I got my editing section in there I get clear I am going to go to clear and I made it clear the formats.

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This is a really effective really quick way to just wipe the formatting out of whatever you have highlighted, You can clear the formatting like that in one button press. Now that actually go up my dates, You see that their memory dates are just numbers. So, I am going to quickly fix those.

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And you might recall way back when we were talking about dates, I am going to go up to number change it, I am going to go down to more number formats, and I select custom format. And I mean if find one of those date formats and then see there it is right there. And I got my date formatting back in there.

So, I got some row headers. they are just black text. Now, I am going to format one of these.

I change the background again I like blue is still lighter blue. I am going to put a bottom border on it.

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And that is something that I want to be able to reuse on all my headers here. So once again, I could use the format painter I could do it manually. But let us take-a-look at creating the style, so I can save that formatting and reuse it.

So I am going to go back and select Cell B5, this is the cell that has the formatted that I want to convert into a style, so it selected I will go Home tab towards the far right You have got a section called styles, and there you got cell styles.

You have got a-number-of different styles that Microsoft has given to you just out of the box. These are predefined formatting that you can use inside your document. But what I like to do here, I create my own Cell Style, so I am going to go to a New Cell Style that is opposite my style dialog box.

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And I am going to give it a name. I set name is AwesomeHeaderStyle, super awesome. I gave it a name and that is all then I am going to hit OK. I have now created a style that I can use.

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Now, I highlight MIN, MAX, AVERAGE, COUNT, I am going to go back up to Cell Style, at the top I have got my style AwesomeHeaderStyle.

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So, they are all consistent. Imagine you know make this a much larger document, I would use a style all over the place. Blue background white text borders bold looking good. Now rather than me manually going through and performing this task and updating it all I need to do now is update the style.

Back to Cell Styles, I found my AwesomeHeaderStyle, I am going to right click on it.

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I am going to modify the style, now inside the modify window. I am going to go to format.. This is going to open-up Format Cells window.

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And I am all going to the only thing I am going to change here Font, Background color, Border.. then click OK, OK.

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And I have now updated format my document.

I modify up to the style which in turn updated everywhere that style is used in my document.

Updatable formatting, You make one change. You have now updated everywhere, you have used that style.

Now once again this is not exclusive to Excel. In fact, for me personally, I do not use them a lot instead of Excel although they are very neat features, but Microsoft-Word I use them all the time in there. Think of a 40-page document that you have got to go through and format. Somebody decides you know what I do not like that blue is go green, You update the one style you just up all 40 pages within your document.

Try it out, build a style format something, Select it, create a new style, give it a name applied to other cells of the style and watch the magic happen.