May 29, 2023

Excel & Google Sheets: Formula Guides

Do you feel like your Google Sheets skills are lacking something? Are you tired of manually entering formulas instead of letting Google Sheets do the work for you? Well, fear not! I'm here to explain some basic and useful formulas that you can use to make your life easier and your work more efficient.

One of the most basic and necessary formulas in Google Sheets is the SUM formula, which adds up a range of numbers. All you have to do is highlight the range of numbers that you want to sum up and insert the formula. Voilà! Your work is done.

For example, let's say you have a column of numbers in cells A1 to A5 and you want to add them up. All you have to do is type =SUM(A1:A5) in any other cell and you'll get the sum of those numbers.

Another essential formula is the AVG formula, which calculates the average of a range of numbers. It's perfect for when you have a large data set and need to quickly get an idea of the average value.

To use the AVG formula, you can again select a range of cells and insert the formula. For example, if you have a list of numbers in cells A1 to A10 and you want to know the average value, you can insert the formula =AVG(A1:A10).

The IF formula is a more complex formula, but it can be extremely helpful. It allows you to set certain conditions and then returns a value if those conditions are met. For example, if you have a list of test scores in column A and you want to get a pass/fail result, you can use the IF formula.

The formula looks like this: =IF(A2>=70,"Pass","Fail"). In this example, if the score in cell A2 is equal to or greater than 70, the cell where the formula is inserted will display "Pass". If the score is less than 70, the cell will display "Fail".

The CONCATENATE formula is also known as the "&" formula, since that's the symbol used to combine text strings in Google Sheets. This formula allows you to merge different text values in cells and create a single string.

For instance, let's say you have a list of people's first and last names in cells A1 and B1 respectively, and you want to create a full name in cell C1. You can insert the formula =CONCATENATE(A1," ",B1) and it will merge the two cells with a space in between.

The VLOOKUP formula is perfect when you want to quickly search for a value in a large data set. It allows you to search for a specific value in one column and then return a corresponding value in another column.

For example, let's say you have a table with student names in column A and their corresponding test scores in column B. If you want to find a specific student's score, you can use the VLOOKUP formula. The formula looks something like this: =VLOOKUP("StudentName",A1:B10,2,false). In this formula, "StudentName" is the name you're searching for, A1:B10 is the range of your table and 2 indicates that the formula should return the value in column B.

These are just a few examples of the many formulas that Google Sheets has to offer. Knowing and understanding these formulas will help you work faster and more efficiently in Google Sheets. If you're looking for more advanced formulas, there are plenty of resources available online that can help you take your Sheets skills to the next level.

So, don't be afraid to experiment and try new things with Google Sheets formulas. Who knows, you might just discover a new and even more efficient way of working.