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Excel 2003 Essential Training with Mark Swift is a movie-based workshop for users who are new to working with spreadsheets, or those wanting to improve their skills. This workshop begins with a basic overview of the application and quickly advances to cover useful formulas, functions, techniques for enhancing spreadsheets, charts, and much more. Exercise files accompany the training, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.
Another function that can be applied to text is concatenation. It can really enhance the appearance of your results if you use text and values together in a statement. Let's go to the first tab Annual Sales and instead of simply looking for an average in the next cell, let's go ahead and change these values to left justified, and then we'll replace the word Average with a formula. =" let's put some text, The average for this year is, leave a space and there's a little bit more work to do. I think I'm going to leave a second space and add a $, space, end quotes, then our concatenation operator the ampersand, and we'll use the AVERAGE function for this range, close brackets, Enter. Now I'll just click away and now you can see that the average has been entered, the numerical value that you're seeing there is actually a text value. Because we've added the result from our calculation to a piece of text, it's all considered text now.
That was the purpose for adding the $ to it. I'm sure if you get creative with text concatenation, you can find all kinds of combinations that'll make sense. For example, if you're working with a form document that had the first name, last name of an individual in separate cells, it would be a very useful formula to concatenate the first and last name or the last, space first name. Any way you slice it working with text inside of formulas is cool.
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