Formulas explained

Hey there fellow spreadsheet enthusiasts! Are you tired of manually computing data? Are you looking for a way to make your spreadsheets work smarter, not harder? Well, I have great news for you! In this IMLOG2 edition, we are going to dive into the wonderful world of Google Sheets formulas. Sounds exciting, right? Well trust me, it is.

For those who aren’t familiar, Google Sheets formulas are pre-written calculations used to automate your spreadsheet tasks. Think of it like hiring a personal assistant for your data. These formulas range from simple math equations to complex data manipulation functions.

Now, I’m no math genius, but after getting familiarized with these formulas, my spreadsheets have been running smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy peanut butter! If you’re a spreadsheet beginner, don’t worry. These formulas are super easy to use, and Google Sheets even provides helpful examples within the formula box.

Let's start with some of the basic formulas you are likely to use almost every day. The first one is **=SUM()**, which simply sums up a range of cells. A great alternative is the **=AVERAGE()** formula, especially when working with a database or large dataset to find the most common average value. Additionally, you can utilize the **=MAX()** and **=MIN()** functions to find the highest and lowest value in a range.

If you’re dealing with percentages, Google Sheets formulas have got you covered too. You can use the `=SUMPRODUCT(C:C,D:D)/SUM(D:D)*100`

formula to calculate the percentage of a number, or the **=PERCENTILE()** function to find the percentile value of a set of data.

Once you have mastered the basic formulas, it’s time to up your game with some intermediate formulas. One of my favorites is the **=IF()** formula, which allows you to program a cell to display one value if a condition is true, and another value if the condition is false. It's like a little digital fortune teller for your spreadsheet.

You can also use the **=VLOOKUP()** formula to search a table of data for a specific value and return a corresponding value in another column. This can be especially helpful when dealing with large datasets. For organizing data, the **=SORT()** function can be used to sort data in either ascending or descending order.

Are you ready to level up your spreadsheet game even more? Well then, let's talk about some of the advanced formulas. The **=QUERY()** formula is especially useful for those who work with large datasets and need to filter data quickly. With this formula, you can filter, sort, and group your data anyway you want.

If you're looking to automate tasks, the **=IMPORTXML()** function allows you to extract data from a website and import it directly into your spreadsheet. Need to perform an equation multiple times with different values? Use the **=ARRAYFORMULA()** function, which allows the formula to automatically populate all cells in a column based on the values in another column.

And that’s a wrap, folks. Hopefully, after reading this IMLOG2 article, Spreadsheet Ninja will be your new nickname. I challenge you to start experimenting with these Google Sheets formulas and see how they can elevate your spreadsheet game.

But before I go, let me give you one last tip - don’t be afraid to make mistakes, embrace them. Sometimes the best learning comes from our failures. Now go forth, unleash your inner spreadsheet nerd, and let Google Sheets formulas work their automated magic for you!