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Special Edition Using® Microsoft® Office Excel 2003 by Patrick Blattner

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Chapter 6. Function Fundamentals

The Basic Parts of a Formula

A function in Excel is a built-in formula that performs a mathematical operation or returns information specified by the formula. For example, if you had a list of a thousand numbers and wanted to manually look for the highest value, it could take a while. That’s where Excel can help. It has a MAX function that searches a specified range and returns the highest value. Using another example, if you wanted to calculate the average ...

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