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Building a Formula
about a pure mathematical formula that uses a value in a cell that s ad-
ded, subtracted, divided, or multiplied by a number or another cell.
Billions of variations of formulas can be used. Everyday life throws situ-
ations at you that can be solved with a formula. Keep these important points
in mind as you start tinkering with your own formulas:
Every formula starts with an equal sign.
Entering formulas is just like typing an equation in a calculator
with one exception (see the next point).
If one of the terms in your formula is already stored in a cell in Ex-
cel, you can point to that cell s address instead of typing the num-
ber into that cell. Using this method enables you to change the value
in one cell and then watch all the formulas recalculate. Excel 2013
adds a slot machine animation to show the cells in the visible
window that are recalculating as the result of changing a cell.
To illustrate these points, see the steps to building a basic formula included
in the following example.
Building a Formula
Building a Formula
You want to enter a formula to calculate a target sales price, as shown in
Figure 8.3 . Cell D2 shows the product cost. In column E, you want to calcu-
late the list price as two times the cost plus $3.
Figure 8.3.
Figure 8.3. The formula in cell E2 recalculates if the value in cell D2
The formula in cell E2 recalculates if the value in cell D2
changes.
changes.
To enter a formula, follow these steps:
11. Select cell E2.
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