Excel’s CONVERT function provides an easy way to display your data in another unit of measurement. For example, if you have a list of temperatures in Fahrenheit and you’d like to add a column that displays each temperature in its Celsius equivalent, you need look no further than the CONVERT function.
Let’s assume your first Fahrenheit temperature, 98.6, is located in cell C7. In cell D7, type =CONVERT(C7,"F","C"), where C7 refers to the temperature you want to convert, “F” refers to Fahrenheit, and “C” refers to Celsius.
Excel allows conversions for dozens of units of measurement, including mass, pressure, distance, magnetism, and many others. Search for the term convert in Excel’s help pages to find an exhaustive list of all conversions and their text values you’ll use in your formula. For example, “m” represents meter, “in” represents inch, “T” represents Tesla, and “ga” represents Gauss.
To select your entire dataset, do you always click and drag? For small groups of cells, this method works just fine, but as your dataset grows, you may find it awkward to drag outside the visible window. Sometimes the scrolling speeds up unexpectedly, and you have to really work to select your entire dataset and nothing more. Consider a faster approach: simply press [Ctrl][Shift][*] to select your entire dataset.
Once you click on a cell, you can select the remainder of that column by pressing [Ctrl][Shift][Down Arrow], or you can select the remainder of that row by pressing [Ctrl][Shift][Right Arrow]. Similarly, [Ctrl][Shift][Up Arrow] and [Ctrl][Shift][Left Arrow] select the dataset’s entire column above and to the left of the selected cell, respectively. Combine the arrows for even more options. For example, press [Ctrl][Shift][Up Arrow][Right Arrow] to select everything in the dataset above and to the right of the selected cell, and so on.
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