Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Lookup function, part of Excel 2008 for Mac Essential Training.
Here is another cool function that's going to save you a lot of time and a lot of effort down the road,…especially if you have got long lists of information, and you need to find specific information in that lengthy list.…I have opened up a file here called Inventory2, and you can find…that in the Lesson5 folder of the exercise files, if you have got them.…Very similar to what we used in the previous lesson, but we have got an extra column over here with Item Numbers.…You can see down here I have got my Categories and Types.…Now, just imagine that this list goes on for pages and pages.…
Over here on the right, I have got this Price Look Up area, where I can enter an Item Number,…and see the Price of that Item Number here, without having to search for it through this list.…So to do that, we need to grab a function that's going to do the looking up for us, and then insert the answer for us as well.…The keyword there is Look Up.…There are a number of Look Up functions that will search through your data horizontally or vertically,…
- Customizing the user interface Using workbooks Adding and removing sheets Restricting input with validation rules Formatting workbooks Using formulas and functions Working with charts Adding, removing, and editing text Aligning and layering objects Creating PivotTable reports Sharing spreadsheets Creating custom templates
Skill Level Beginner
Q: How does one generate an average using cells in columns that are not consecutive i.e. a7,c7,e7...?
A: To get an average of non-contiguous cells, you can either select them individually, or type them in manually. Here are the steps involved:
1. Click in the cell where you want the average to appear
2. Start the function by typing: =average(
3. Now, either type the cells addresses (ie A7,C7,E7) or select each cell by clicking them while holding the Command key.
4. Close off the function with closing round bracket: ) and press Return key
You should see the answer in the cell where you entered the function. Checking the formula bar, your finished "formula" will look something like this:
1. Getting Started with Excel
2. Using Workbooks
3. Working with Sheets and Cells
4. Formatting Workbooks
5. Using Formulas and Functions
6. Working with Charts
7. Working with Text
8. Reviewing Your Work
9. Working with Objects
10. Exploring PivotTables
11. Sharing Your Spreadsheets
12. Creating Custom Templates
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