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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Averaging Positive and Negative Numbers With Multiple Criteria


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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Averaging Positive and Negative Numbers With Multiple Criteria When crunching numbers, there are many ways to slice and dice the Average onion, depending on what criteria you want to include, exclude, combine, or isolate. The picture shows a list of positive and negative numbers, and an

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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Rounding Numbers By Fractions or Decimals


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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Rounding Numbers By Fractions or Decimals When rounding numbers to a particular decimal factor, you can express that rounding factor in your formula as either a fraction or as its decimal equivalent. In the pictures, the fraction one-eighth can be stated in a formula as 1/8

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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Evaluating Numbers as Being Whole or Decimal


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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Evaluating Numbers as Being Whole or Decimal There are times when you want to identify a number as being a whole number (such as 47) or a decimalized number (such as 23.5). The picture shows three ways to apply this idea. You might want to identify

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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Using VLOOKUP With MIN, MAX, and AVERAGE


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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Using VLOOKUP With MIN, MAX, and AVERAGE You can nest a function as the lookup_value argument with VLOOKUP, to return an item relating to the lookup_value function. In the pictured example, MIN, MAX, and AVERAGE are nested to return the name of the salesperson associated with

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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Doing Date Math on Text (non real) Dates


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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Doing Date Math on Text (non real) Dates In yesterday’s tutorial, I showed how to place a date and time on separate lines in the same cell. That example involved a formula with the TEXT function, meaning the date and time value in cell A3 was

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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Putting a Date on One Line and Time on Another Line in the Same Cell


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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Putting a Date on One Line and Time on Another Line in the Same Cell Here’s a tip to place the date and time in the same cell, in separate lines. The first step is to enter the formula =TEXT(NOW(),”MMMM D, YYYY”)&CHAR(10)&TEXT(NOW(),”HH:MM AM/PM”) The CHAR(10) notation

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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Finding the Position of the First Integer in an Alphanumeric String


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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Finding the Position of the First Integer in an Alphanumeric String When you are faced with alphanumeric strings, such as those esoteric-looking serial numbers that represent a store’s stock items, here is how you can deal with parsing them based on the position of their first

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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Finding the Number Closest to Zero


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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Finding the Number Closest to Zero Here are two formulas, one to tell you the number closest to zero in a list, and the other to tell you the address of the cell holding that number. When you know a list does not contain a zero

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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Returning a Value From Every Nth Cell


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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Returning a Value From Every Nth Cell Here’s a formula to help you list (that is, return) the values from every (in this case) 6 cells. This is a useful method when your data is structured such that you know the incremental factor of rows that

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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Adding and Subtracting Time in Hours Minutes and Seconds


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Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Adding and Subtracting Time in Hours Minutes and Seconds Formula examples for hours, minutes, and seconds being added or subtracted from time. Hours Example to add 3 hours: =$B$1+TIME(3,0,0) Example to subtract 3 hours: =$B$1-TIME(3,0,0) Minutes Example to add 16 minutes: =$B$1+TIME(0,16,0) Example to subtract 16

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