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How to use the IF function in Excel to calculate values based on different criteria

The IF statement is a simple function in Excel that is one of the building blocks you need when you are working with large spreadsheets. You may not know you need it yet, but once you know how to use it, you won't want to live without it.

Use SUMIFS to calculate a running total between two dates

This lesson shows you how to calculate a running total between two dates in a column of data. An example might be calculating the total sales for the last 30 days up to today. Each row in the spreadsheet will calculate a new total based on the date in that row, counting back a specified number of days.

Use concatenation to combine text and numbers in Excel formulas

If you want to combine text with the results of a formula in a cell, you can use concatenation. Suppose you have calculated the total of a range of cells using a formula in cell D2. Now, you want to have cell A2 display the text "Today's sales are \$12,000", where \$12,000 is the value calculated in D2. As the value in D2 changes, you want the value in A2 to update automatically.

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Grouping by Date in an Excel Pivot Table

This lesson shows you how to group data in your pivot table by date. You can group by day, week, month, quarter or year. If your date fields include a time value, you can also group by seconds, minutes or hours. You'll also learn how to collapse and expand data groups in your pivot table so you can quickly see a summary of your data.

Three Things You're Probably Doing Wrong in Mailchimp

Mailchimp is a hugely popular email marketing platform, and for good reason. It's easy to use, and is free if your list is under 2000 subscribers. Yet a lot of people aren't using it effectively. Here are three things you might be doing wrong.

Using multiple IF statements in Excel

The IF() function in Excel allows you to evaluate a situation which has two possible outcomes (e.g. sales are greater than \$1000) and calculate a different value for each outcome. However, sometimes you need to work with situations where there are more than two possible outcomes. That's where multiple, or nested, IF functions come in handy. In this tutorial we'll cover how to use nested IF functions to calculate sales commission for a team of sales people, given a range of different commission rates.

Use Conditional Formatting to highlight due dates in Excel

This lesson shows you how to use Conditional Formatting in Excel to format cells containing dates that are in the past, using a conditional formatting rule that compares the date in a cell with today's date, and formats it a different colour if it is in the past. We'll also extend this conditional formatting example to check the value of another cell as part of our criteria for applying the formatting.