# Excel tips: formulas

These videos come from our Excel video training.

Calculating a running total in an Excel table is a little tricky, because it's not obvious how to build the formula with structured references. You can easily get the current row with...

This video shows how to setup VLOOKUP with a table, and how to use the MATCH function inside VLOOKUP to generate a dynamic column index. This makes it easy to refer to columns by name...

In the video, we build one set of SUMIFS formulas with a table, and one set without. This makes it really easy to see the nice benefits you get when you combine tables and formulas.

In this video gives a brief introduction to structured references. Structured references is just a fancy name for formulas that use table names instead of normal cell references. This...

The data labels in Excel charts are flexible and powerful. While you can easily use them to display values from source data, you can also display values from other cells. The video below...

In this video, we look at a step by step approach to randomly assign people to groups with teams using formulas. Along the way, we use three functions (RAND, RANK, and CEILING), helper...

In this video, we show examples of the 8 Excel formula errors you're likely to run into, and simple steps you can take to fix them. We look at #NAME?, #DIV/0!, #NUM!, #NULL!, #NA, #...

In this video, we look at how to build a chart that automatically includes new data, and dynamically highlights the top and bottom values. This is an easy way to create an interactive chart...

In this video, we'll look at how you can use the CHOOSE function for simple lookups. The CHOOSE function doesn't need an external table, and can sometimes replace more complicated...

In this video, we'll look at a few ways to generate random values with the RANDBETWEEN function. You can use this approach to generate random numbers, random prices, random dates, and...

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...