Chapter 18

Ten T ips for Working with Formulas

In This Chapter

arrow Making sure the order of operators is correct

arrow Viewing and fixing formulas

arrow Referencing cells and using names

arrow Setting the calculation mode

arrow Using conditional formatting and data validation

arrow Writing your own functions

Several elements can help you be as productive as possible when writing and correcting formulas. You can view all your formulas at once and correct errors one by one. You can use add-in wizards to help write functions. You can even create functions all on your own!

Master Operator Precedence

One of the most important factors in writing formulas is getting the operators correct, and I do not mean telephone-company operators. This has to do with mathematical operators — you know, little details such as plus signs, and multiplication signs, and where the parentheses go. Operator precedence — the order in which ...

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