Questions about using in-cell functions/formulas in spreadsheet software.

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### Excel - can I set a cell to equal a certain value, no matter what is typed in it?

This is to play a joke on someone...not sure if it's possible to do what I want. We are circulating an Excel file among friends to select players for a golf tournament. I would like to set a cell ...

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### What does “A1:A4^{1,2,3}” mean in an Excel formula?

What does the caret operand in Excel do to a range when it is followed by some other numbers in brackets? For example lets say we have the following table:
A B C
1 1.5 0 0
2 ...

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### In Excel, how do I check if a cell is in a list of values (a range of cells)

I've got a range (A3:A10) that contains names, and I'd like to check if the contents of another cell (D1) matches one of the names in my list.
I've named the range A3:A10 'some_names', and I'd like ...

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### Is it possible to sum an entire column without setting explicit cell boundaries in Excel?

I'd like to sum all the values in a column starting from a certain minimum value, but I don't want to give an upper bound because any value in the table will be appropriate for summing (minus the ...

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### How to create a formula for every row in a column in Google SpreadSheet?

I use three columns. A, B and C.
In column C I have a formula every row =A1*(1.6*B1) and then for the next row I have =A2*(1.6*B2) in C2.
How can I do so I don't have to type in the new formula in ...

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### Formula for updated currency exchange rates in Excel or other spreadsheets?

What kind of spreadsheets support a formula like the following:
=exchangeCurrency("USD"; "EUR"; 3000)
The result should be 3000 USD exchanged into Euros. Possibly a date could be provided for a ...

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### Format a number with optional decimal places in Excel

I have numbers in cells in Excel. I want the numbers formatted so that if they have decimal places they show to a maximum of two, and if they have no decimal places it doesn't show any.
For example.
...

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### What is the Excel hotkey to re-calculate all formula in sheet?

I have a sheet that contains many formulas. But they do not recalculate automatically when I change input.
I'm looking for a hotkey, that can re-calculate the sheet. According to this page, F9 ...

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### Limit Excel CPU Usage

Is there a way to limit how much CPU usage excel has access to when running? I have a VBA script that calculates a bunch of giant array formulas. The entire calculation takes maybe 20 minutes using ...

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### How do I get the day name into a cell in Excel?

Given a date, how do I get the day of the week (e.g. "Monday") into a cell in Excel?

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### How to compare two columns and find differences in excel

I have two columns in Excel that I want to compare and find the differences between them.
Suppose:
Col A has 50 numbers i.e 0511234567
Col B has 100 numbers in the same format

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### How to count number of distinct values in a range?

I've got a large table that is already organized using filters etc. I'd like to add a summary underneath certain columns that contain the number of distinct values in that column.
There's no ...

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### How do I hide the #DIV/0! error while a referenced cell is blank?

In Column C I have Production. In column D I have Goal. In Column E I have variance %. My formula is =(D11-C11)/D11
However, how do you hide the cells down the sheet until you put something in D11 ...

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### Type math formulas in Microsoft Word the LaTeX way?

I wonder if there is some free solutions for typing math formulas the LaTeX way in Microsoft Word document (Office 2007)?

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### How to simulate a full outer join in Excel?

Let's assume I have some data in Excel (and not in a real database). In one sheet, I have data, where one column functions as the ID, and I have made sure that the values in this column are unique. In ...

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### How do I put logical operators in an Excel =IF Formula?

I'm trying to enter a formula to display text according to an IF condition. The best I can manage is something like...
=IF(myval>=minval & myval <= maxval, "OK", "Not OK")
But this ...

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### How to get the current column name in Excel?

What is the function to get the current line number and the current column name for a cell in Excel?

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### Create a pie chart from distinct values in one column by grouping data in Excel

I have an Excel document containing information from a survey. I want to create a pie chart over location (countries).
How can I make Excel group all the distinct values together and then display ...

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### Excel: Replace occurences of one character with another in a String?

I want an excel formula that will change Haverford, PA to haverford,+pa. (Text is to lowercase, and spaces are replaced with plus characters.)
The following will get the first space, but not all of ...

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### In Excel how can I sum all the numbers above the current cell?

I want to have a column in Excel that consists of a header, a bunch of numbers, and then have the sum of those numbers at the bottom. I'd like the sum to adapt to the insertion of new numbers above ...

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### How to search for newline or linebreak characters in Excel?

I've imported some data into Excel (from a text file) and it contains some sort of newline characters. It looks like this initially:
If I hit F2 (to edit) then Enter (to save changes) on each of the ...

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### Excel function that evaluates a string as if it were a formula?

Suppose I have a text string like "11+5" or even "=11+5" stored in a cell. Is there a function in Excel that will allow me to actually evaluate that string as if it were a formula?
This would be ...

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### Is it possible to get the sheetname?

How can I get the sheet name in a cell? (I have more than one sheet, I want to get the current on each sheet)

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### Is there an Excel function to create a hash value?

I'm working with a number of data lists that are keyed by document name. The document names, while very descriptive, are quite cumbersome if I need to view them on (up to 256 bytes is a lot of real ...

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### Can you do Regular Expressions in Excel without VBScript?

I'm looking for an Excel function that I can put in a cell to do a regex search of the contents of another cell. Is there anything available to do this? I'd prefer not to have to add VB Script to ...

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### What is the difference between function and formula in Excel?

What is the difference between those two when speaking of Microsoft Excel?

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### How do I copy the results of a calculation without copying the formula behind it? Open Office Calc

How do I copy and paste only the results of a calculation without copying the formula behind it? I'm learning to use Open Office Calc. I remember other spreadsheets that had a values function, or ...

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### Excel formula to convert boolean values into {0, 1}

What is the Excel formula to convert boolean values {FALSE, TRUE} into {0, 1}?
Supposing there is one shorter than =IF(cond,1,0).

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### Is there an Excel formula to identify special characters in a cell?

We have about 3500 documents whose filenames need to be manually scrubbed to remove special characters like brackets, colons, semicolons, commas, etc.
I have a text file that I've dumped into excel, ...

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### What is a formula to remove the whitespace from an Excel cell when trim doesn't work?

I have a table of Excel data that I copied from an html table in Internet Explorer. A column of table values all seem to have a space at the end of them, but Trim won't remove it. When I paste-special ...

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### Using find() in Excel to remove text from string

I'm using find to remove some of the test string in lookup cell value
For instance I look-up the following in cell A2 Application: sales_rep_support and use find =RIGHT(a2,FIND(" ",a2)+4) to change ...

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### How does the NOW() function get evaluated cross time zones in Excel Online?

How does EXCEL ONLINE evaluate the NOW() function when a spreadsheet is accessed from different time zones? For example, if user PAUL is in London, UK and accesses a sheet at 5PM GMT and user SUE is ...

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### Is there a function in Excel to find the maximum absolute value of a range?

I'm looking for a function in Excel that looks something like
= MAX(ABS(A1:A10))
except ABS() doesn't take a range of numbers.
The best that I can come up with is:
= ...

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### In Excel, can I provide a “default value” in case my formula returns #NA?

For example,
Say the value of a cell is:
IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(A3,somesheet!G:J,3,FALSE) * VLOOKUP(A3,someothersheet!A:D,4,FALSE)), 0, VLOOKUP(A3,somesheet!G:J,3,FALSE) * ...

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### Using excel, how can I count the number of cells in a column containing the text “true” or “false”?

I have a spreadsheet that has a column of cells where each cell contains a single word. I would like to count the occurrences of some words. I can use the COUNTIF function for most words, but if the ...

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### Shortcut to accept suggested formula in Excel

I'm working with a lot of formulas in Excel 2007 and I would like to know what shortcut key you need to press to accept the suggested formula.
When I type in =DEG the first suggested formula is ...

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### Conditional concatenate cell content across rows

I have a worksheet with thousands of rows which contain a unique ID A, and one 3 different error codes M. Each individual ID may have 1, 2 or 3 errors. They will always be in the same order.
I have ...

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### Get column number of an address in Excel

In cell LJ131 I have written the text string "$HG$86" (w/ out the quotes).
I need to get the column number of the address value represented by that string, $HG$86. Everything I've tried thus far ...

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### Formula for finding 'near perfect' matches [duplicate]

I have a list of +-8000 items which is the result after applying numerous techniques to remove duplicates (the list started at over 10000 items).
I now have the following issue -
Example
1. Jack ...

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### Check if Excel cell text is numeric using formula only

I have to find out if my cells text is a numeric value and wanted to use an elegant non VBA method that doesn't impede on its current state or value.
What I've found is that the ISNUMBER() function ...

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### How to return everything between two characters in Excel?

I'm a programmer with lots of languages, but somehow I've never learned Excel macro or formula language. I'm sure there must be a simple way to do this, but I'm stumped.
I have a column of file names ...

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### How to generate random string from a set of available strings in Excel?

I want to generate a column which will have random string values in any order. Those string values have to be from ('New', 'Mint', 'Very Good', 'Good', 'Acceptable', 'Poor') strings? Can anyone let me ...

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### Microsoft-excel newlines and tab

Current I use "CONCATENATE" to join string in Excel, but I want insert character newlines and tab in string joined by "CONCATENATE".
Example:
I've string below when I completed join string.
"Today ...

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### How do I insert formula in between sentences?

How do I insert formula in between sentences? For example, in A1 i want to write:
Welcome =C1
So =C1 will replaced with anything in C1 cell.
If in A1 I write Welcome, then in B2 I write =C1 then I ...

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### Average numbers if another column contains a certain substring text in Excel

I'm looking for a way to average the numerical numbers in one column, say B, only if the string in column A contains a certain text.
For example:
(In column A) (In column B)
Hello table . . . 1
...

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### Excel Formula to Calculate Duration of Time Based on a String of Text Such As 9:00am — 12:30pm

I'm trying to develop an Excel formula that would calculate the actual time duration for a string of a time range of the following format: 1:00am – 3:00am
According to this article it seems it should ...

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### How do I get a reference to the last occurrence of a value in an array in Excel?

So if
A1:A5 = {3, 3, 4, 4, 5}
what function could I put into B1 to get a reference to A4 (the cell containing the last occurrence of 4)?

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### Conditional formatting to highlight the whole row

I would like to highlight the whole row 5 if J5="T".
I used to do it with the old Excel, the 2010 conditional formatting ignores it. So my rule is like this and it does not work. I used the formula ...

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### How to combine values from multiple rows into a single row in Excel?

I have a data dump in Excel that consists of annual customer data for two different values. The data was provided with a separate row for value for every year and customer. I.e. it looks like this:
...

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### Alternate If() function in Excel/OOCalc

Countless times over years, I've wanted to use an If statement in Excel/OpenOffice Calc in the form of:
If(A (comparison operator) B, A, C)
or, equivalently useful:
If(A (comparison operator) B, ...