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## How to count the number of characters inside a cell

You can easily count the number of characters inside a cell using the LEN function. This function can be especially useful when identifying data types or creating validation rules. Syntax =LEN(text) Steps Begin by typing in =LEN( Select or type in the range reference...

## How to search for a string or check if cell contains a specific text

Excel’s Search and Find feature is very helpful when looking up things in workbooks, but this means searching for keywords one by one. SEARCH and FIND are formula versions of this very handy feature and can work wonders in large data sets. Syntax...

## How to use day information from date data in Excel

Working with dates in Excel can be a bit challenging at times, because Excel doesn’t use dates as we conceive it. Knowing how Excel handles dates, you will find it pretty easy to use them in calculations and reports. Syntax =date + days Steps Select or type in...

## How to get the decimal part of numbers in a data set

Identifying the detail level of values in a data set can be useful for analysis of results. This simple trick can help you separate the decimal values from the numbers for evaluation. Syntax =number – TRUNC(number) (only for positive numbers) =number –...

## How to shorten a number and get the integer value

Do you need to shorten number, but not round them? Need to find the nearest INTeger or TRUNCate numbers in Excel? Yep, Excel has two functions that do exactly that! You can shorten numbers using the TRUNC and INT functions while preserving the original value, without...

## How to rank data in Excel tables

Sure, it’s easy to find the highest or smallest values in a data set. But what if you’re looking for the 3rd, 10th, 20th rank in a large table, or need to do this in ascending and descending order? Luckily, Excel features a formula that does just that....

## How to use multiple IF functions

The IF function is great for creating a logic statement. But IF is an either/or argument, what if you need more alternatives? Combining several IF statements in a nested structure can help overcome this. Syntax =IF(first logical test, do something if first test is...

## How to calculate weighted average with SUMPRODUCT

A final exam is worth more in terms of graduation score and the term weighed average becomes relevant. In such cases, SUMPRODUCT formula can help calculate the weighed totals of a data set. In our example, test scores of 3 candidates are being compared. Although...

## How to COUNT values between two dates

A quick and easy way to count between dates is by using the COUNTIFS formula. Create formula-based filters, find your sales figures, or organize your tables in no time. Syntax =COUNTIFS(date range, >=minimum date, date range, <=minimum range) Steps Type...