9. Controlling Formulas

Although you can go a long way with simple formulas, it is also possible to build extremely powerful formulas. The topics in this chapter explain the finer points of formula operators, date math, and how Excel distinguishes between cutting and copying cells referenced in formulas.

Formula Operators

Excel offers the mathematical operators shown in Table 9.1.

Table 9.1. Mathematical Operators

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Order of Operations

When a formula contains many calculations, Excel evaluates the formula in a certain order. Rather than calculating from left to right as a calculator might, Excel performs certain types of calculations, such as multiplication, ...

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