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Excel formula and charting practical showing paint sales by state.
Start Excel and enter your own example data under each state by year only. No totals yet.
- Formulas in Cells start with selecting the cell where you want your answer and tapping the "="
Common Excel Formulas
|Addition||=sum(first cell coordinate:last cell coordinate)|
- In cell coordinates litres x 2000 type the following: =sum(
- In cell coordinates WA x 2000 hold your mouse button down and drag to NT x 2000
- Check the resulting sum is roughly right.
COPY FORMULA DOWN A COLUMN (Fill Down)
- In cell coordinates litres x 2000 > Hold mouse button down and drag to coordinates litres x 2005
- Alt > E > I > D This should copy the formula down.
MULTIPLICATION (Product *)
- Atop the "Sales" column > =I2*J2 (litres paint x $/litre) > Enter > Check against your mental arithmetic.
- Fill formula down > Check
DIVISION ( / )
- In cell L1, enter how many dollars and cents one US dollar will buy. eg 1.3
- Formula in the cell below > =K2/L1 (divides 2000 sales by exchange rate)
- In cell K2 hold mouse down and drag down the column till you reach the 2005 coordinate. > Let go. > Check. You should see errors.
LOCKING A CELL REFERENCE INTO A FORMULA $
- Click the top cell with the correct formula.
- In the formula edit line (above the alphabet row) insert "$" in front of K2 and "$" in front of L1. After the formula looks like $K2/$L1 > Enter.
- Now fill down.
LINKING DATA IN OTHER SHEETS =
- On Sheet 1, click A to select column A > Ctrl+C to copy it.
- On Sheet 3, click A to select column A > Ctrl+V to paste it.
- On Sheet 3, cell B1 type "$US" to head the column > type = > Enter
- Go to Sheet 1, Cell B2 > Enter. Your Summary sheet should appear with the correct value in B2
- Select all states and paint sales for 2000
- Chart Wizard icon
- Column > Next
- Series Tab > Name > 2000 > Next
- Chart title > After 2000 type "Paint Sales by State"
- X Axis > State > Y Axis > "Litres of Paint" > Next > Finish
- If your chart covers cells with data, hold the mouse button down and drag your chart away. If there is not enough room for data and chart/s, cut (Ctrl+X) your chart and past (Ctrl + V) on Sheet 2. (middle tab, bottom left of screen)
- Format Tabs:
- Right click sheet 1 tab > Format > Tab Colour > Select Blue from the colour pallet.
- Right click Sheet 1 > Rename > Overtype the black highlighted tab text with the word "Data"
- Right click sheet 2 tab > Format > Tab Colour > Select yellow from the colour pallet.
- Right click Sheet 2 > Rename > Overtype the black highlighted tab text with the word "Charts"
- Right click Sheet 3 tab > Format > Tab Colour > Select red from the colour pallet.
- Right click Sheet 3 > Rename > Overtype the black highlighted tab text with the word "Summary"