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Microsoft® Office Excel 2003 Inside Out by Mark Dodge, Craig Stinson

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Chapter 12. Building Formulas

Formulas are the heart and soul of a spreadsheet, and Microsoft Excel offers a rich environment in which to build complex formulas. Armed with a few mathematical operators and rules for cell entry, you can turn a worksheet into a powerful calculator.

Formula Fundamentals

All formulas in Excel begin with an equal sign. The equal sign tells Excel that the succeeding characters constitute a formula. If you omit the equal sign, Excel might interpret the entry as text.

To see how formulas work, we'll walk through some rudimentary ones. Begin by selecting ...

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