Many consider Microsoft Excel to be the "swiss-army-knife of software" while others have no idea just how extensive its capabilities are. We explore the various different ways different people use the many tools of Excel. Travel deeper into this amazing, versatile productivity provider and expand your own portfolio of magic you can work with Excel.
While selecting a number of cells, it’s easy to accidentally click on a cell you didn’t intend to include. But you don’t have to start over with your selection after every misclick. You can deselect the mistakes.
Press and hold the [Ctrl] key while clicking on any cells you want to deselect. While holding down [Ctrl], you can also click on any additional cells you want to add to your selection.
This feature is only available with an Office 365 subscription.
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 apply cell styles, select all the cells you wish to format. Choose the Home tab on the ribbon, and in the Styles group, click on Cell Styles and choose the style you’d like to apply. You can also create your own personalized cell styles by clicking on Cell Styles | New Cell Style.
When a formula relies on many other cells to calculate its result, it can be challenging to troubleshoot errors. Instead of using the Formula Auditing toolbar, which itself can be confusing, you can quickly pinpoint precedent and dependent cells using shortcut keys. First, select the cell you need to troubleshoot. To select all cells that depend on the current cell’s value to calculate their results, press [Ctrl](]). Or, press [Ctrl]([) to select all the cells the current cell depends on to calculate its own result. You may find it helpful to apply cell shading to the cells Excel selects: then you can troubleshoot your formula by reviewing the shaded cells one by one. Just remember to remove the cell shading when you’ve finished troubleshooting.
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