# Excel tips: formulas

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This video show how to calculate due dates with the WORKDAY and WORKDAY.INTL functions. You can use WORKDAY to calculate intelligent ship dates, delivery dates, and completion dates that...

In this video, we demo how to plot results from a survey question in an Excel bar chart. Along the way, we use the COUNTIF function to build a summary table, and show a simple technique for...

In this video, we'll look at how to use conditional formatting to shade alternating groups of rows. For example, you can use this approach to shade groups of 3 rows, groups of 4 rows,...

In this video we show how to highlight approximate match lookups with conditional formatting and the LOOKUP function. Highlighting approximate matches is tricky, because you must replicate...

In this video, we'll look at how to build a two-way lookup with INDEX and MATCH, using approximate matching. This is a classic solution for non-exact lookups like income tax, shipping...

In this video, we show you how to use conditional formatting to highlight rows and columns associated with exact match lookups. This is a sleek, interactive way to show users matching...

In this video, we simplify two formulas, by replacing several IF function with MIN function and boolean logic. This is a great trick to make annoyingly complex formulas easier to read and...

In this video, we build two formulas to calculate the company match for a 401k contribution. This is a great example of building a complex formula with several nested IFs in small steps.

In this video, we introduce the concepts of boolean values and boolean logic. Boolean logic can be a great way to simplify and speed up complex formulas, since it requires no branching.

VLOOKUP is a great way to merge data in two tables based on a common ID. This video shows you how in 3 minutes. You can even use this technique to reorder the columns you retrieve.

Although Pivot Tables are fantastic tools for summarizing data, sometimes you just want a simple, lightweight solution based on formulas. The good news is you can build your own summaries...

Combining functions is a core skill you *must* have in order to move beyond the basics in Excel. In this video, we show how to split, manipulate, and reassemble values using multiple...

Conditional formatting with formulas can be tricky because you can't see what happens to the formula when the rule is applied. Dummy formulas let you visualize how formulas will behave...

In this video, we use COUNTIF to compare lists and count values that belong to both lists. We also "flip" the formula to count values in one list that are missing on the other.

Nesting is a powerful tool, but once you combine more than a couple IFs, the logic can start to look like spaghetti quickly :) The trick is to keep things organized. In this video, Dave...