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# Excel Tips and Tricks

In complex models, it is important to write comments explaining how the formulas work. But the limitation of Excel's Insert Comment feature is that you must type the entire comment in a textbox. There is an alternative. You can use N() formula to insert...

## How to create a calendar that only contain workdays

Be it for creating a time card or planning, creating a flexible calendar where you can omit holidays will come in very handy. Using the WORKDAY function you can easily create such a table and incorporate it in your data models. Syntax =WORKDAY(previous...

## How to find the root of a number

Algebraically, the nth root of a number can be calculated by using 1/n for its power. You can always use caret symbol (^) to find a certain power of a number, but doing this with a formula can be easier to read and identify in nested formula sets. Syntax...

## How to find the power of a number

You can always use caret symbol (^) to find a certain power of a number. However, doing this with a formula can be easier to read and identify in nested formula sets. Syntax =POWER(base number, how many times that base number will be multiplied by itself)...

## How to find the unique items in a list

Dissecting and organizing data doesn't have to be challenging. You can quickly filter your data items with this method using a combination of formulas to determine which are unique items. Syntax =LOOKUP(2, 1/(COUNTIF(expanding unique list, original...

## How to get the column index of a cell using the COLUMN function

Working with Excel's coordinate system makes building data models extremely easy. You can retrieve the column index information of a cell using the COLUMN function and implement in other formulas. Syntax =COLUMN(cell or range reference you want get its...

## How to get the row index of a cell using the ROW function

Working with Excel's coordinate system makes building data models extremely easy. You can retrieve the row index information of a cell using the ROW function and implement in other formulas. Syntax =ROW(cell or range reference you want get its row number)...

## How to get the first name text from the full name data

One perfect example of automatically cleaning up data in Excel is when working with name fields. You can separate first and last names (or actually any text with spaces) using this method. Syntax =LEFT(Full name, FIND(" ", Full name) – 1) Steps Begin by...

## How to calculate payments for a loan

In need of quick money? Well, we can't tell you how to get that, but we can show you how to use Excel to find out what you're getting into. Use this easy method to calculate what you would be paying for that shiny new loan. Syntax =PMT(interest rate for...