Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Understanding lookup and reference functions
contains ten rows. And the formula =COLUMNS(A1:C10) returns 3 because the range
A1:C10 contains three columns.
The AREAS function
You can use the AREAS function to determine the number of areas in a reference. Areas
refer to individual cell or range references, not regions. The single argument to this
function can be a cell reference, a range reference, or several range references. If you use
several range references, you must enclose them in a set of parentheses so that Excel doesn’t
misinterpret the commas that separate the ranges. (Although this function takes only one
argument, Excel still interprets unenclosed commas as argument separators.) For example,
suppose you assign the name Test to the group of ranges A1:C5,D6,E7:G10. The function
=AREAS(Test) returns 3 , the number of areas in the group.
The TRANSPOSE function
The TRANSPOSE function changes the horizontal or vertical orientation of an array. It takes
a single argument, array . If the argument refers to a vertically oriented range, the resulting
array is horizontal. If the range is horizontal, the resulting array is vertical. The first row of
a horizontal array becomes the first column of the vertical array result, and vice versa. You
must type the TRANSPOSE function as an array formula in a range that has the same
number of rows and columns as the array argument has columns and rows, respectively.
For quick and easy transposition, select the range you want to transpose, press Ctrl+C
to copy the range, click the cell where you want the upper-left corner of the transposed
range to begin, click the Paste button on the Home tab, and then click the Transpose
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