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Microsoft® Office® Professional 2013 Plain & Simple by Katherine Murray

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Understanding Excel formulas and functions

Excel 2013 is a powerful worksheet program that gives you all kinds of tools for performing sophisticated calculations and data analyses. Depending on your needs, you might never need to do many high-end tasks in Excel, but having a working knowledge of formulas, functions, and cell referencing is an important part of getting Excel to perform even fairly simple calculations for you. This section introduces you to some of the basics you’ll need as you use functions and cell references in the formulas you create.

Learning about cell references

Each cell in your Excel worksheet has its own unique address that represents the intersection of the row and column where the cell is located; for example, ...

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