# All articles with 'if() excel formula' Tag

## Excel Links – Happy Birthday Edition

Published on Oct 20, 2010 in excel links

First some personal matters. Today I am celebrating my 28th birthday. The last one year has been very good for us. We have been very busy parenting 2 hilarious and naughty twins, I moved back to India, quit my job and started a company. My business became a mild success crossing \$100k revenues in 12 […]

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## Finding 2nd Largest Item in a List that meets a Criteria [Excel Array Formulas]

Published on Oct 8, 2010 in Learn Excel

Excel Array Formulas have subtle beauty and raw power. Today I want to share how you can use Excel Array Formulas to find-out the 2nd largest sale amount corresponding to a particular product.

Lets say you have sales data like this:
Now, we all know that, to get 2nd largest sale amount, we can use the LARGE() formula. Like this: =LARGE(RANGE,2)

But, how do we know what is the 2nd largest sale amount for the product “bricks”?

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## How to cook a delicious dynamic chart that will have your boss drool

Published on Aug 31, 2010 in Charts and Graphs, Featured

Dynamic charts are like my favorite food, Mangoes. They tempt, tease and taste awesomely. In this post, we are going to learn how to create a dynamic chart using check boxes and formulas as shown in the animation aside. Are you ready for some excel chart cooking?

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## Find-out Days Overlaped [Excel Formula Homework]

Published on Jul 7, 2010 in Featured, Learn Excel

Few days back we have learned how to find if 2 sets of dates overlap using Excel Formulas. For eg. we have learned that to check whether {1 July,2010 to 23 July 2010} overlaps with the date range {15 July, 2010 to 16 August 2010}, we can use a formula like, =if(or(and(x>=a,x<=b),and(a>=x,a<=y)), “Overlap”,”Do not overlap”) […]

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## Between Formula in Excel [Quick Tips]

Published on Jun 24, 2010 in Excel Howtos

Checking if a value falls between 2 other values is fairly common when you are working with data. In today’s quick tip, we are going to learn how to check for such between conditions in excel. You will be learning how to check if a value, date or text falls between 2 other values, dates or texts (when arranged in dictionary order) as shown in the picture aside.

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## Check if two ranges of dates overlap [Excel Formulas]

Published on Jun 1, 2010 in Learn Excel

While preparing a project plan, I had a strange problem. I wanted to highlight all the project tasks that fall with-in a certain date range. At the lowest level, the problem is like this: There are 2 ranges of dates (a,b) and (x,y) and I want to know if they overlap (ie at least one […]

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## Display Alerts in Dashboards to Grab User Attention [Quick Tip]

Published on May 25, 2010 in Charts and Graphs

Dashboards can be overwhelming with lots of details and context. A simple way to drag user’s attention to important stuff in the dashboard is to use alerts. See this example to understand what alerts mean. How to display alerts in Excel Dashboards? The easiest way to display alerts is to use Excel 2007’s Conditional Formatting […]

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## Make your Chart Legends Legendary

Published on Apr 8, 2010 in Charts and Graphs

We all know that legend can be added to a chart to provide useful information, color codes etc.

Today we will learn how to make the chart legends smarter so that they provide more meaning and context to the chart, like this:

This type of legend can be more useful than a plain legend as this provides more useful information without taking up too much space.

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## How to Check whether a Table is Filtered or not using Formulas

Published on Mar 29, 2010 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel

Let us start the week with a simple formula (well, to be fair, let us start the week with a strong cup of coffee, then this formula).

Often when we have large data sets, we apply data filters to select and display only information we want to see.

Some of you know that whenever we apply filters on a dataset, we can look at status bar area to find out if any filter is applied on the current worksheet.

But, what if you need a way to show “filtering” status thru formulas? Like this…,

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## Writing “Either Or” formula in Excel [Formula Howtos]

Published on Mar 2, 2010 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel

We all know the AND, OR & NOT formulas in Excel using which you can perform simple logical operations And, Or & Negate. But what if you are the chief of HR at ACME Company, where they have a strange rule on extra allowance like this: Now, to calculate the dates in a month that […]

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## Find and Remove Blank Items from a Range of Cells [personal experience]

Published on Feb 23, 2010 in Excel Howtos

Most of you know that during day time I work as a business analyst. Today while preparing some test scenarios for our latest insurance application, I came across a weird problem. There are some steps in testing. For each test scenario, a combination of these steps is required. It is my responsibility to identify the […]

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## Conditionally Formatting Dates in Excel [Part 1 of 2]

Published on Jan 5, 2010 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel

This is first part of 2 part series on conditionally formatting dates in excel.

Conditional formatting is a very useful feature in Excel. You can use Conditional formatting to tell excel how to format cells that meet certain conditions. For eg. You can use conditional formatting to show all negative values in a range in red color. Today we will learn how to use conditional formatting to format dates.

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## How to Find Dates of Public Holidays using Excel

Published on Dec 24, 2009 in Learn Excel

Lets celebrate these holidays in PHD Style. By learning few excel formulas that you can use to find out dates for some of the popular public holidays like – labor day, memorial day etc. When is Labor Day (US) in 2010? Labor day (the US variant) is celebrated on first Monday of every September. It […]

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## Dynamically Grouping Related Events [Excel Combo Charts with Pizzazz]

Published on Aug 27, 2009 in Charts and Graphs

Yesterday we have posted how to use excel combo charts to group related time events. Today we will learn how to change the event grouping dynamically using form controls.

This effect can be easily achieved with a cup of coffee, one combo box form control and the good old IF formula. Read more to learn how to do this.

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## 29 Excel Formula Tips for all Occasions [and proof that PHD readers truly rock]

Published on Aug 24, 2009 in Excel Howtos, Featured, Learn Excel

It is no exaggeration that knowing excel formulas can give you a career boost. From someone starting at the long list of numbers, you can suddenly become a data god who can lookup, manipulate and analyze any spreadsheet.

So when our little excel blog hit the 5000 RSS Subscriber milestone, I celebrated the occasion by asking you to share an excel formula through twitter or comments with rest of us. And boy, what an excellent list of formula tips you have shared with us all.
Here is the complete list of entries for the twitter formula contest.

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