Excel Formulas: Simple Functions

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Saturday, July 8, 2017
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Saturday, August 19, 2017
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Thursday, September 28, 2017
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Class Details

Price per person:$149
Length of class:three hours
Version covered:2016 for Windows


This half-day session introduces you to creating formulas in Excel. You will learn the proper way to write basic math formulas, perform calculations using simple functions like SUM and AVERAGE, write arithmetic formulas by hand, perform calculations on dates, move and copy entries and duplicate formulas. You will also learn when and why to use absolute referencing in formulas rather than relative referencing.


This class is ideally suited for people with basic Excel skills, either from taking our Excel Beginning class or using Excel regularly for three months or more.


Using Simple Functions
- writing formulas to sum or average values
- writing simple arithmetic formulas
- PMT and PV financial calculations
- LEFT, MID and RIGHT to extract text

Math with Dates
- understand how dates are stored
- calculate future dates
- calculate difference between two dates
- using date functions like EDATE and EOMONTH

Copying Formulas
- duplicate formulas into neighboring cells
- understand relative vs. absolute referencing
- changing referencing style
- create and use named ranges in formulas

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