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I use the latest version of Microsoft Excel, but the tutorials apply to older versions as well

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If you want to take your Excel skills to a new level, you have to learn how to use INDEX And MATCH, combine multiple functions and write complex formulas. Read more…

If you are looking to create a breakdown of yearly sales based on a list of transactions you can use the SUMIFS function. Read more…

If you need to calculate subtotals based on item type (or whatever common criteria), you can easily do so using the SUMIF function. Read more…

To identify a VAT rate based on a simple tax rate table, you can use the VLOOKUP function. For this example I have also used a Data Validation List. Read more…

Counting cells that equal to a specific value can be achieved using COUNTIF function. If you need to use multiple criteria if your formola then you can use COUNTIFS. Read more…

Excel allows you to easily count the number of cells with values between two dates by using the COUNTIFS function. Read more…

Learn how to change text case to UPPER, lower or Proper format and combine text from different cells to obtain the desired result. Read more…

Learn how to find duplicates in Excel. Perform the check in the same column or compare two different sheets, using conditional formatting or formulas. Read more…

Popular functions

Step by step instructions on how to use COUNTIF function in Excel. You can also download the example workbook which contains practical examples on how to use COUNTIF. Read more…

From the basic SUM function to the versatile SUMIFS, this article covers a wide range of examples, including the use of drop down lists created using Data Validation. Read more…

VLOOKUP is used to lookup and retrieve data from a specific column in a table. It support approximate and exact matching, with extra flexibility provided by the use of wildcards (* ?). Read more…

Excel’s EOMONTH function returns the last day of a month, N months in the future or the past. EOMONTH can be used in formulas to retrieve specific dates (e.g. 7 days before the month end). Read more…

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