The SUMPRODUCT function has been my favourite function for about 20 years. It is so flexible. Soon it will be redundant thanks to dynamic arrays.
In December 2018 I reviewed four of my articles from the INTHEBLACK magazine from 2018. Download the materials using the button below and watch the video.
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Includes extra content not included in the magazine.
This year’s smorgasbord webinar includes
- how to handle validations
- dynamically highlighting the current row in a table (uses a macro)
- centralising logic – how and why to do it – alternatives to the IF function
- creating a slope chart (includes a macro to speed up the process)
As always there will be a few more tips and tricks shared in the session.
Rounded values in Excel can pose a few issues. There is a formula you can use that can round a range of values and then SUM the results. This can be used as a check total for rounded values.
Let’s say you have codes that have differing numbers of characters and you need to analyse them based on how many characters a code has. There is one function that can SUM and COUNT based on the number of characters in a code.
Some systems add DR and CR to the end of numbers when they export into Excel. This renders the values useless for normal calculations. You can use data cleansing techniques to remove the characters using formulas or Power Query. There is one function however that can perform calculations on these types of entries.
When data is imported into Excel sometimes the values come in as text rather than values. Most functions can’t perform any calculations with text numbers, but one can. See how easy it is to add up text values.
We’ve all heard the term “A month of Sundays” to describe a long time. Well what if you wanted to count how many Sundays between two dates?
Most people are unaware that the SUMIFS function has a serious limitation when it comes to codes with leading zeroes. This post shows you how to perform calculations involving codes with leading zeroes. This issue also affects SUMIF, COUNTIF and COUNTIFS.
If you have two lists of numbers and you need to ensure they are identical there is a simple formula that can confirm they match.
Let’s say you have a list of values that has a set sequence. In the list which starts in row 2 you want to add up every second entry. So you want to add up the entries in row 3, row 5, row 7 etc going down the sheet. The SUMPRODUCT function to the rescue yet again.
In a previous blog post I explained how to do a 3D SUM calculation in Excel that SUMs through sheets. You can view it here. I have seen a few posts in forums recently about performing a 3D SUMIF calculation. Whilst the SUM function can work with 3D ranges, the SUMIF function can’t.
Sometimes you need to identify the last used cell in a column. The versatile SUMPRODUCT function can calculate that using a couple of other functions.