Whether you are a student that is looking for an internship or a fresh graduate looking for employment, I am sure you know Excel. Excel is a spreadsheet software that can use formulas to generate many functions such as calculation, graphing, pivot tables and etc. However, as there are a lot of functions included in Excel, people might not know how to use it. Therefore, we are here to help!

Here are the top 5 most useful Excel functions.

## PROPER PROPER is useful when your database has a lot of oddly formatted text that looks jumbled with capitalizations in the wrong place. If cell A1 said “eDu ReVieWs Is grEaT”, you could type =PROPER(A1) and it would output “Edu Reviews is Great”.

## SUM, COUNT, AVERAGE This is the simplest function of Excel. SUM is for summing up all values chosen in row or column by selecting or typing, example, SUM(A1:A5). COUNT counts the number of cells in an array that have a number value in them, example, =COUNT(A1:A5). For COUNT function, only cells with numbers are calculated. AVERAGE is used to determine the average value of cells selected.

## MAX & MIN This function requires no calculations, only to determine the highest or lowest numerical value out of a list of numerical values chosen. This function can be used by keying in MAX(A1:A9) or selecting the rows or columns. As a result, if 38 is the largest number among the cells selected, thus, 38 will be displayed as the maximum.

## INDEX MATCH The INDEX MATCH formula is the combination of two functions in Excel: INDEX and MATCH. This combination of functions allows you to look up and return the value of a cell in a table based on vertical and horizontal criteria. =INDEX(list of values, MATCH(what you want to lookup, lookup column, sorting identifier)), you can search a whole spreadsheet for values instead of being forced to only search the left-most column.

## LEN LEN is used to determine the number of characters in a single cell. The LEN function will count characters in both number and alphabet. As an example, a cell with words “EduReviews123”, will show a length of 13. The formula of the function is =LEN(A1).

If you have not heard of these functions before, try experimenting with them! Who knows it would be useful in the future?

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