Since Microsoft Excel 2007, Excel’s formulas have become more readily accessible. This has opened up a number of pretty powerful Excel formulas, that if you can spend a little time getting to know, can save you a LOT of time in the long run.
Here are ten great formulas to help you save time and get the most out of your data.
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Top 10 Powerful Excel Formulas
How many messy spreadsheets do you have where data has been entered in a hurry? One common mistake is that names of people or companies are all in lower-case
Using the PROPER formula will quickly convert all your text to begin with capital letters.
Example: If cell A1 contains “colin welch” you can enter =PROPER(A1) in to another cell and it will display “Colin Welch” instead.
Another tip! If do this with a big list of names, and you want to copy then back in to the original cells – copy them all, and then use Paste Special > Values
2) UPPER / LOWER
Two formulas for the price of one here!
These both work the same as the “Proper” formula above – but convert all text in to upper or lower case case – e.g “COLIN WELCH” or “colin welch”