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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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allow two possible values in a Excel cell

I would like to create a cell format for one cell to only allow the value "yes" or "no" for this cell. How could I do this?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Excel Formula to Calculate the Third Point in a Triangle

I need an Excel formula that can help me find the third point in a triangle, given most other information. This is not homework, meaning I do not need to do this just once. I need a consistent way to ...
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Best way to remove leading zeros from a non-numeric value in Excel

I have many cells in an Excel sheet, using 9 characters of 0-9 and A-Z, that have some number of prefixed zeros: 000000123 000001DA2 0000009Q5 0000L210A 0000014A0 0000A5500 00K002200 I'd like to ...
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Excel formula needed

I'm not so good in excel but i "think" my problem can be solved using excel.. I've got a column with numbers and i'd like to find the best combination of using these numbers. In our case the best ...
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Is there a useful difference between ISBLANK and =“”?

In Excel, the ISBLANK function seems to effectively behave the same as a comparator of ="". However, the former requires more than double the amount of characters that the latter does. Is there any ...
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Find missing entries from a list of sequential numbers in a column?

I have an Excel sheet containing the results of 66000 test cases. Or, at least it should... Now, because I was running the tests asynchronously and kept stopping and starting I had the foresight to ...
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How to calculate hours and minutes between two time periods?

I’m working on a very simple time sheet for my work in Excel 2007, but I have run into trouble about calculate the hours and minutes between two time periods. I have a field: timestart which could be ...
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Exclude outliers from average calculation

I want to calculate the average of numbers given in Column A as shown in the figure below. But I want to base the average on values equal to or greater than 15 and equal to or less than 25, via the ...
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What should I do if I see a reference in Excel cell formulas to a sheet that I cannot see in the workbook?

Similar to 'Reference Data' in the publicly accessible file described below. There is the Capacity Planning Guide spreadsheet excel file on Capacity Planning Considerations for Windows Azure Caching, ...
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Highlight row if date is in current week

I'm working on a data table for finances. I want to highlight the row if the date is in the current week: What it should look like: The current condition formatting for the yellow fill spans ...