 ## Local Support with Excel Spreadsheets: The Power of Excel

Did you know a spreadsheet is little more than columns and rows, comprised of lists and lists? The real power in Excel spreadsheets is when you use Formulas and/or Functions.

### Formulas and Functions aren’t the same

Formulas and Functions both enable Excel to come up with the answers you need.

#### Formulas

• Formulas are essentially calculations you build using cell references and mathematical operators.
• e.g. The value of one cell added to another cell (or cells).  =C5+C6+C7

Using an equal sign (=) and cell references or values, you’ll build the equation yourself.

#### Functions

• Functions are Excel spreadsheets built-in calculations that Excel understands
• e.g. Sum the entire range of the row  =SUM(C5:C7)

⇒ IF, IFS, IFERROR,       ⇒  SUM, SUMIF, SUMIFS,
⇒  COUNT, COUNTIF, COUNTIFS
⇒  VLOOKUP     ⇒  INT, ROUND     ⇒  LEFT, RIGHT

Of the over 450 Functions (available in Excel 2016), all Functions start with an equal sign  ( = ), followed by the name of the function, and then in parenthesis, Arguments which cells are used to calculate the Function.

Which Functions do you use or need help with?

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