Using the Formula Builder

June 15, 2013


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The Formula Builder is a great place to find any formula you may need in Microsoft Excel for Mac.  The shortcut to pop up this Formula Builder is a simple, one modifier key shortcut utilized to improve efficiency in MS Excel. Here at Excel skin we try to stay away from the computer mouse as much as possible!


Step 1: Select the cell you wish to build your formula in.



Step 2: Execute the Formula Builder shortcut.  This shortcut is found on the “A” key and only requires one modifier key, the “control” key.  




Step 3: When you execute the above shortcut a Formula Builder window will appear.  


From here you can use the “Search for a function” bar to find a function.  It also provides you with the “Most Recently Used” shortcuts, which, upon double-clicking, will insert the formula into the active cell.  


For this example I want to find the VLOOKUP formula.  I know what you're thinking, just type =vlookup into the active cell.  In a few seconds I will show you why the Formula Builder is so great compared to simply typing =vlookup.  So I start typing the name of my formula: 


And it only took 2 letters to find the VLOOKUP formula!  I can now double-click VLOOKUP in the Formula Builder window and start my VLOOKUP.  


I told you the Formula Builder is great and here is why.  This drop down menu that appeared when I double-clicked the vlookup formula is where the magic happens.  From here I can simply enter the values for my VLOOKUP and it will build the formula for me.  For complex formulas like VLOOKUP’s this is invaluable.  Next week we will go over what exactly a VLOOKUP is, and how to utilize them.  


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