Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Working with Formulas
Ten Tips for Working
In This Chapter
▶ Making sure the order of operators is correct
▶ Viewing and fixing formulas
▶ Referencing cells and using names
▶ Setting the calculation mode
▶ Using conditional formatting and data validation
▶ Writing your own functions
Several elements can help you be as productive as possible when writing
and correcting formulas. You can view all your formulas at once and
correct errors one by one. You can use add-in wizards to help write functions.
You can even create functions all on your own!
One of the most important factors when writing formulas is to get the
operators correct, and I do not mean telephone company operators. This has to do
with mathematical operators — you know, little details such as plus signs, and
multiplication signs, and where the parentheses go. Operator precedence —
the order in which operations are performed — can make a big difference in
the result. You have an easy way to keep your operator precedence in order.
All you have to remember is “Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally.”
No, I have not lost my mind! This phrase is a mnemonic for the following: