You can use the following examples in columns of your Excel sheet. Examples that do not include column references can be used to specify the default value of a column.
Conditional formulas
You can use the following formulas to test the condition of a statement and return a true or false value, to test an alternate value such as OK or Not OK, or to return a blank or dash to represent a null value.
Check if a number is greater than or less than another number
Use the IF function to perform this comparison.
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
15000 
9000 
[Column1]>[Column2]) 
Is Column1 greater than Column2? (TRUE) 
15000 
9000 
=IF([Column1]<=[Column2], "OK", "Not OK") 
Is Column1 less than or equal to Column2? (Not OK) 
Return a logical value after comparing column contents
For a result that is a logical value (true or false), use the AND, OR, and NOT functions.
Column1 
Column2 
Column3 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
15 
9 
8 
=AND([Column1]>[Column2], [Column1]<[Column3]) 
Is 15 greater than 9 and less than 8? (FALSE) 
15 
9 
8 
=OR([Column1]>[Column2], [Column1]<[Column3]) 
Is 15 greater than 9 or less than 8? (TRUE) 
15 
9 
8 
=NOT([Column1]+[Column2]=24) 
Is 15 plus 9 not equal to 24? (FALSE) 
For a result that is another calculation, or any other value other than TRUE or FALSE, use the IF, AND, and OR functions.
Column1 
Column2 
Column3 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
15 
9 
8 
=IF([Column1]=15, "OK", "Not OK") 
If the value in Column1 equals 15, then return "OK". (OK) 
15 
9 
8 
=IF(AND([Column1]>[Column2], [Column1]<[Column3]), "OK", "Not OK") 
If 15 is greater than 9 and less than 8, then return "OK". (Not OK) 
15 
9 
8 
=IF(OR([Column1]>[Column2], [Column1]<[Column3]), "OK", "Not OK") 
If 15 is greater than 9 or less than 8, then return "OK". (OK) 
Display zeroes as blanks or dashes
To display a zero, perform a simple calculation. To display a blank or a dash, use the IF function.
Column1 
Column2 
Formul a 
Description (Result) 
10 
10 
=[Column1][Column2] 
Second number subtracted from the first (0) 
15 
9 
=IF([Column1][Column2],"",[Column1][Column2]) 
Returns a dash when the value is zero () 
Hide error values in columns
To display a dash, #N/A, or NA in place of an error value, use the ISERROR function.
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
10 
0 
=[Column1]/[Column2] 
Results in an error (#DIV/0) 
10 
0 
=IF(ISERROR([Column1]/[Column2]),"NA",[Column1]/[Column2]) 
Returns NA when the value is an error (NA) 
10 
0 
=IF(ISERROR([Column1]/[Column2]),"",[Column1]/[Column2]) 
Returns a dash when the value is an error () 
Date and time formulas
You can use the following formulas to perform calculations that are based on dates and times, such as adding a number of days, months, or years to a date, calculating the difference between two dates, and converting time to a decimal value.
Add dates
To add a number of days to a date, use the addition (+) operator.
Note: When you manipulate dates, the return type of the calculated column must be set to Date and Time.
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
6/9/2007 
3 
=[Column1]+[Column2] 
Adds 3 days to 6/9/2007 (6/12/2007) 
12/10/2008 
54 
=[Column1]+[Column2] 
Adds 54 days to 12/10/2008 (2/2/2009) 
To add a number of months to a date, use the DATE, YEAR, MONTH, and DAY functions.
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
6/9/2007 
3 
=DATE(YEAR([Column1]),MONTH([Column1])+[Column2],DAY([Column1])) 
Adds 3 months to 6/9/2007 (9/9/2007) 
12/10/2008 
25 
=DATE(YEAR([Column1]),MONTH([Column1])+[Column2],DAY([Column1])) 
Adds 25 months to 12/10/2008 (1/10/2011) 
To add a number of years to a date, use the DATE, YEAR, MONTH, and DAY functions.
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
6/9/2007 
3 
=DATE(YEAR([Column1])+[Column2],MONTH([Column1]),DAY([Column1])) 
Adds 3 years to 6/9/2007 (6/9/2010)) 
12/10/2008 
25 
=DATE(YEAR([Column1])+[Column2],MONTH([Column1]),DAY([Column1])) 
Adds 25 years to 12/10/2008 (12/10/2033) 
To add a combination of days, months, and years to a date, use the DATE, YEAR, MONTH, and DAY functions.
Column1 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
6/9/2007 
=DATE(YEAR([Column1])+3,MONTH([Column1])+1,DAY([Column1])+5) 
Adds 3 years, 1 month, and 5 days to 6/9/2007 (7/14/2010) 
12/10/2008 
=DATE(YEAR([Column1])+1,MONTH([Column1])+7,DAY([Column1])+5) 
Adds 1 year, 7 months, and 5 days to 12/10/2008 (7/15/2010) 
Calculate the difference between two dates
Use the DATEDIF function to perform this calculation.
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
01Jan1995 
15Jun1999 
=DATEDIF([Column1], [Column2],"d") 
Returns the number of days between the two dates (1626) 
01Jan1995 
15Jun1999 
=DATEDIF([Column1], [Column2],"ym") 
Returns the number of months between the dates, ignoring the year part (5) 
01Jan1995 
15Jun1999 
=DATEDIF([Column1], [Column2],"yd") 
Returns the number of days between the dates, ignoring the year part (165) 
Calculate the difference between two times
To present the result in the standard time format (hours:minutes:seconds), use the subtraction operator () and the TEXT function. For this method to work, hours must not exceed 24, and minutes and seconds must not exceed 60.
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
06/09/2007 10:35 AM 
06/09/2007 3:30 PM 
=TEXT([Column2][Column1],"h") 
Hours between two times (4) 
06/09/2007 10:35 AM 
06/09/2007 3:30 PM 
=TEXT([Column2][Column1],"h:mm") 
Hours and minutes between two times (4:55) 
06/09/2007 10:35 AM 
06/09/2007 3:30 PM 
=TEXT([Column2][Column1],"h:mm:ss") 
Hours, minutes, and seconds between two times (4:55:00) 
To present the result in a total that is based on one time unit, use the INT function, or HOUR, MINUTE, or SECOND function.
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
06/09/2007 10:35 AM 
06/10/2007 3:30 PM 
=INT(([Column2][Column1])*24) 
Total hours between two times (28) 
06/09/2007 10:35 AM 
06/10/2007 3:30 PM 
=INT(([Column2][Column1])*1440) 
Total minutes between two times (1735) 
06/09/2007 10:35 AM 
06/10/2007 3:30 PM 
=INT(([Column2][Column1])*86400) 
Total seconds between two times (104100) 
06/09/2007 10:35 AM 
06/10/2007 3:30 PM 
=HOUR([Column2][Column1]) 
Hours between two times, when the difference does not exceed 24 (4) 
06/09/2007 10:35 AM 
06/10/2007 3:30 PM 
=MINUTE([Column2][Column1]) 
Minutes between two times, when the difference does not exceed 60 (55) 
06/09/2007 10:35 AM 
06/10/2007 3:30 PM 
=SECOND([Column2][Column1]) 
Seconds between two times, when the difference does not exceed 60 (0) 
Convert times
To convert hours from the standard time format to a decimal number, use the INT function.
Column1 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
10:35 AM 
=([Column1]INT([Column1]))*24 
Number of hours since 12:00 AM (10.583333) 
12:15 PM 
=([Column1]INT([Column1]))*24 
Number of hours since 12:00 AM (12.25) 
To convert hours from a decimal number to the standard time format (hours:minutes:seconds), use the division operator and the TEXT function.
Column1 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
23:58 
=TEXT(Column1/24, "hh:mm:ss") 
Hours, minutes, and seconds since 12:00 AM (00:59:55) 
2:06 
=TEXT(Column1/24, "h:mm") 
Hours and minutes since 12:00 AM (0:05) 
Insert Julian dates
A Julian date refers to a date format that is a combination of the current year and the number of days since the beginning of the year. For example, January 1, 2007, is represented as 2007001 and December 31, 2007, is represented as 2007365. This format is not based on the Julian calendar.
To convert a date to a Julian date, use the TEXT and DATEVALUE functions.
Column1 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
6/23/2007 
=TEXT([Column1],"yy")&TEXT(([Column1]DATEVALUE("1/1/"& TEXT([Column1],"yy"))+1),"000") 
Date in Julian format, with a twodigit year (07174) 
6/23/2007 
=TEXT([Column1],"yyyy")&TEXT(([Column1]DATEVALUE("1/1/"&TEXT([Column1],"yy"))+1),"000") 
Date in Julian format, with a fourdigit year (2007174) 
To convert a date to a Julian date that is used in astronomy, use the constant 2415018.50. This formula only works for dates after 3/1/1901, and if you are using the 1900 date system.
Column1 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
6/23/2007 
=[Column1]+2415018.50 
Date in Julian format, used in astronomy (2454274.50) 
Show dates as the day of the week
To convert dates to the text for the day of the week, use the TEXT and WEEKDAY functions.
Column1 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
19Feb2007 
=TEXT(WEEKDAY([Column1]), "dddd") 
Calculates the day of the week for the date and returns the full name of the day (Monday) 
3Jan2008 
=TEXT(WEEKDAY([Column1]), "ddd") 
Calculates the day of the week for the date and returns the abbreviated name of the day (Thu) 
Mathematical formulas
You can use the following formulas to perform a variety of mathematical calculations, such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing numbers, calculating the average or median of numbers, rounding a number, and counting values.
Add numbers
To add numbers in two or more columns in a row, use the addition operator (+) or the SUM function.
Column1 
Column2 
Column3 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
6 
5 
4 
=[Column1]+[Column2]+[Column3] 
Adds the values in the first three columns (15) 
6 
5 
4 
=SUM([Column1],[Column2],[Column3]) 
Adds the values in the first three columns (15) 
6 
5 
4 
=SUM(IF([Column1]>[Column2], [Column1][Column2], 10), [Column3]) 
If Column1 is greater than Column2, adds the difference and Column3. Else add 10 and Column3 (5) 
Subtract numbers
To subtract numbers in two or more columns in a row, use the subtraction operator () or the SUM function with negative numbers.
Column1 
Column2 
Column3 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
15000 
9000 
8000 
=[Column1][Column2] 
Subtracts 9000 from 15000 (6000) 
15000 
9000 
8000 
=SUM([Column1], [Column2], [Column3]) 
Adds numbers in the first three columns, including negative values (16000) 
Calculate the difference between two numbers as a percentage
Use the subtraction () and division (/) operators and the ABS function.
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
2342 
2500 
=([Column2][Column1])/ABS([Column1]) 
Percentage change (6.75% or 0.06746) 
Multiply numbers
To multiply numbers in two or more columns in a row, use the multiplication operator (*) or the PRODUCT function.
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
5 
2 
=[Column1]*[Column2] 
Multiplies the numbers in the first two columns (10) 
5 
2 
=PRODUCT([Column1], [Column2]) 
Multiplies the numbers in the first two columns (10) 
5 
2 
=PRODUCT([Column1],[Column2],2) 
Multiplies the numbers in the first two columns and the number 2 (20) 
Divide numbers
To divide numbers in two or more columns in a row, use the division operator (/).
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
15000 
12 
=[Column1]/[Column2] 
Divides 15000 by 12 (1250) 
15000 
12 
=([Column1]+10000)/[Column2] 
Adds 15000 and 10000, and then divides the total by 12 (2083) 
Calculate the average of numbers
The average is also called the mean. To calculate the average of numbers in two or more columns in a row, use the AVERAGE function.
Column1 
Column2 
Column3 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
6 
5 
4 
=AVERAGE([Column1], [Column2],[Column3]) 
Average of the numbers in the first three columns (5) 
6 
5 
4 
=AVERAGE(IF([Column1]>[Column2], [Column1][Column2], 10), [Column3]) 
If Column1 is greater than Column2, calculate the average of the difference and Column3. Else calculate the average of the value 10 and Column3 (2.5) 
Calculate the median of numbers
The median is the value at the center of an ordered range of numbers. Use the MEDIAN function to calculate the median of a group of numbers.
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
10 
7 
9 
27 
0 
4 
=MEDIAN(A, B, C, D, E, F) 
Median of numbers in the first 6 columns (8) 
Calculate the smallest or largest number in a range
To calculate the smallest or largest number in two or more columns in a row, use the MIN and MAX functions.
Column1 
Column2 
Column3 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
10 
7 
9 
=MIN([Column1], [Column2], [Column3]) 
Smallest number (7) 
10 
7 
9 
=MAX([Column1], [Column2], [Column3]) 
Largest number (10) 
Count values
To count numeric values, use the COUNT function.
Column1 
Column2 
Column3 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
Apple 
12/12/2007 
=COUNT([Column1], [Column2], [Column3]) 
Counts the number of columns that contain numeric values. Excludes date and time, text, and null values (0) 

$12 
#DIV/0! 
1.01 
=COUNT([Column1], [Column2], [Column3]) 
Counts the number of columns that contain numeric values, but excludes error and logical values (2) 
Increase or decrease a number by a percentage
Use the percent (%) operator to perform this calculation.
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
23 
3% 
=[Column1]*(1+5%) 
Increases number in Column1 by 5% (24.15) 
23 
3% 
=[Column1]*(1+[Column2]) 
Increases number in Column1 by the percent value in Column2: 3% (23.69) 
23 
3% 
=[Column1]*(1[Column2]) 
Decreases number in Column1 by the percent value in Column2: 3% (22.31) 
Raise a number to a power
Use the exponentiation operator (^) or the POWER function to perform this calculation.
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
5 
2 
=[Column1]^[Column2] 
Calculates five squared (25) 
5 
3 
=POWER([Column1], [Column2]) 
Calculates five cubed (125) 
Round a number
To round up a number, use the ROUNDUP, ODD, or EVEN function.
Column1 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
20.3 
=ROUNDUP([Column1],0) 
Rounds 20.3 up to the nearest whole number (21) 
5.9 
=ROUNDUP([Column1],0) 
Rounds 5.9 up to the nearest whole number (5) 
12.5493 
=ROUNDUP([Column1],2) 
Rounds 12.5493 up to the nearest hundredth, two decimal places (12.55) 
20.3 
=EVEN([Column1]) 
Rounds 20.3 up to the nearest even number (22) 
20.3 
=ODD([Column1]) 
Rounds 20.3 up to the nearest odd number (21) 
To round down a number, use the ROUNDDOWN function.
Column1 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
20.3 
=ROUNDDOWN([Column1],0) 
Rounds 20.3 down to the nearest whole number (20) 
5.9 
=ROUNDDOWN([Column1],0) 
Rounds 5.9 down to the nearest whole number (6) 
12.5493 
=ROUNDDOWN([Column1],2) 
Rounds 12.5493 down to the nearest hundredth, two decimal places (12.54) 
To round a number to the nearest number or fraction, use the ROUND function.
Column1 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
20.3 
=ROUND([Column1],0) 
Rounds 20.3 down, because the fraction part is less than .5 (20) 
5.9 
=ROUND([Column1],0) 
Rounds 5.9 up, because the fraction part is greater than .5 (6) 
5.9 
=ROUND([Column1],0) 
Rounds 5.9 down, because the fraction part is less than .5 (6) 
1.25 
=ROUND([Column1], 1) 
Rounds the number to the nearest tenth (one decimal place). Because the portion to be rounded is 0.05 or greater, the number is rounded up (result: 1.3) 
30.452 
=ROUND([Column1], 2) 
Rounds the number to the nearest hundredth (two decimal places). Because the portion to be rounded, 0.002, is less than 0.005, the number is rounded down (result: 30.45) 
To round a number to the significant digit above 0, use the ROUND, ROUNDUP, ROUNDDOWN, INT, and LEN functions.
Column1 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
5492820 
=ROUND([Column1],3LEN(INT([Column1]))) 
Rounds the number to 3 significant digits (5490000) 
22230 
=ROUNDDOWN([Column1],3LEN(INT([Column1]))) 
Rounds the bottom number down to 3 significant digits (22200) 
5492820 
=ROUNDUP([Column1], 5LEN(INT([Column1]))) 
Rounds the top number up to 5 significant digits (5492900) 
Text formulas
You can use the following formulas to manipulate text, such as combining or concatenating the values from multiple columns, comparing the contents of columns, removing characters or spaces, and repeating characters.
Change the case of text
To change the case of text, use the UPPER, LOWER, or PROPER function.
Column1 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
nina Vietzen 
=UPPER([Column1]) 
Changes text to uppercase (NINA VIETZEN) 
nina Vietzen 
=LOWER([Column1]) 
Changes text to lowercase (nina vietzen) 
nina Vietzen 
=PROPER([Column1]) 
Changes text to title case (Nina Vietzen) 
Combine first and last names
To combine first and last names, use the ampersand operator (&) or the CONCATENATE function.
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
Carlos 
Carvallo 
=[Column1]&[Column2] 
Combines the two strings (CarlosCarvallo) 
Carlos 
Carvallo 
=[Column1]&" "&[Column2] 
Combines the two strings, separated by a space (Carlos Carvallo) 
Carlos 
Carvallo 
=[Column2]&", "&[Column1] 
Combines the two strings, separated by a comma and a space (Carvallo, Carlos) 
Carlos 
Carvallo 
=CONCATENATE([Column2], ",", [Column1]) 
Combines the two strings, separated by a comma (Carvallo,Carlos) 
Combine text and numbers from different columns
To combine text and numbers, use the CONCATENATE function, the ampersand operator (&), or the TEXT function and the ampersand operator.
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
Yang 
28 
=[Column1]&" sold "&[Column2]&" units." 
Combines contents above into a phrase (Yang sold 28 units.) 
Dubios 
40% 
=[Column1]&" sold "&TEXT([Column2],"0%")&" of the total sales." 
Combines contents above into a phrase (Dubois sold 40% of the total sales.) Note: The TEXT function appends the formatted value of Column2 instead of the underlying value, which is 4 
Yang 
28 
=CONCATENATE([Column1]," sold ",[Column2]," units.") 
Combines contents above into a phrase (Yang sold 28 units.) 
Combine text with a date or time
To combine text with a date or time, use the TEXT function and the ampersand operator (&).
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
Billing Date 
5Jun2007 
="Statement date: "&TEXT([Column2], "dmmmyyyy") 
Combines text with a date (Statement date: 5Jun2007) 
Billing Date 
5Jun2007 
=[Column1]&" "&TEXT([Column2], "mmmddyyyy") 
Combines text and date from different columns into one column (Billing Date Jun052007) 
Compare column contents
To compare one column to another column or a list of values, use the EXACT and OR functions.
Column1 
Column2 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
BD122 
BD123 
=EXACT([Column1],[Column2]) 
Compares contents of first two columns (FALSE) 
BD122 
BD123 
=EXACT([Column1], "BD122") 
Compares contents of Column1 and the string "BD122" (TRUE) 
Check if a column value or a part of it matches specific text
To check if a column value or a part of it matches specific text, use the IF, FIND, SEARCH, and ISNUMBER functions.
Column1 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
Vietzen 
=IF([Column1]="Vietzen", "OK", "Not OK") 
Checks to see if Column1 is Vietzen (OK) 
Vietzen 
=IF(ISNUMBER(FIND("v",[Column1])), "OK", "Not OK") 
Checks to see if Column1 contains the letter v (OK) 
BD123 
=ISNUMBER(FIND("BD",[Column1])) 
Checks to see if Column1 contains BD (Yes) 
Count nonblank columns
To count nonblank columns, use the COUNTA function.
Column1 
Column2 
Column3 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
Sales 
19 
=COUNTA([Column1], [Column2]) 
Counts the number of nonblank columns (2) 

Sales 
19 
=COUNTA([Column1], [Column2],[Column3]) 
Counts the number of nonblank columns (2) 
Remove characters from text
To remove characters from text, use the LEN, LEFT, and RIGHT functions.
Column1 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
Vitamin A 
=LEFT([Column1],LEN([Column1])2) 
Returns 7 (92) characters, starting from left (Vitamin) 
Vitamin B1 
=RIGHT([Column1], LEN([Column1])8) 
Returns 2 (108) characters, starting from right (B1) 
Remove spaces from the beginning and end of a column
To remove spaces from a column, use the TRIM function.
Column1 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
Hello there! 
=TRIM([Column1]) 
Removes the spaces from the beginning and end (Hello there!) 
Repeat a character in a column
To repeat a character in a column, use the REPT function.
Formula 
Description (Result) 
=REPT(".",3) 
Repeats a period 3 times (...) 
=REPT("",10) 
Repeats a dash 10 times () 