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Excel Expert Level 4
Microsoft Excel Expert Tutorial - 1 Hour, 10 Minutes

This is the fourth class in our Excel Expert Series. It picks up where Expert Level 3 left off. The focus of this course is working with lookup functions in Excel. Topics covered include:
 - Using VLOOKUP to get a value from a list
 - Assiging a letter grade based on final average
 - Understand range lookups vs. exact matches
 - Lookup an employee's pay rate, calculate pay
 - Use INDEX and MATCH for enhanced lookups
 - Create cell references: ADDRESS, INDIRECT
 - Calculate year-to-date sales
 - Compare two lists for missing items
 - Find the value in a list closest to a target value

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Excel Expert Level 4
Description: Excel Expert Level 4
Versions: Recorded with Microsoft Excel 2010. Valid for 2007 to 2021.
Pre-Requisites: Excel Expert Level 3
Running Time: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes
Cost: $9.99

This course is for the expert user who has good experience with Microsoft Excel or has completed the five courses in our Beginner Series plus Expert Level 1, 2, and 3 classes. This course will teach you how to work with lookup functions in Excel.

We will begin by learning about VLOOKUP which is one of the most popular, and versatile lookup functions. You will see how to take any date, figure out what day of the week it falls on, convert that to a number (1-7), and then look that number up in a table to display the full text of the weekday name, like "Wednesday."


Next you'll learn how to perform a range match with VLOOKUP. This will let you find a value that's less than or equal to your lookup value. Now you can take a student's final average and look up a letter grade.


In the next lesson, we'll build an employee time sheet. You'll enter in the employee's name, start time, end time, and the number of hours he worked. We'll again use VLOOKUP but this time we'll perform an exact match to find the employee in a separate worksheet and return his pay rate. Now we can calculate his total pay for the day based on that and the number of hours he worked.


Next we'll learn about some functions that are related to VLOOKUP, including HLOOKUP and LOOKUP. We'll then learn about MATCH and INDEX which are very powerful functions when used together. They can do things that VLOOKUP can't do. For example, we'll create a chart that shows quantity discounts for students in training classes. You'll then be able to enter the class name (Excel 2) and the number of students (7) and calculate the price per student using the MATCH and INDEX functions. You can also use MATCH and INDEX to look up values to the LEFT side of your lookup column - which VLOOKUP can't do.


Next you will learn how to use the ADDRESS and INDIRECT functions to construct and deconstruct cell references. For example, you'll be able to figure out the sales between two dates (or even year to date sales) by having the user enter in the start and end dates. This will allow you to construct cell ranges like B2:B10 on the fly in your formulas.


We will see a couple of examples of how to put all of these lookup functions to good use. In the first example, you'll be given two lists of names. You'll learn how to compare them to figure out if any names from list one are missing from list two (and vice versa).


Finally, you'll be given a list of values and a target number. You'll learn how to figure out which value is closest to the target number. For example, you've got a bunch of people trying to guess how many gumballs are in a bowl. You've got all of their guesses, now how do you figure out which guess is closest to the correct value? We'll use a combination of functions, including MATCH and INDEX to figure this one out.


Again, this is the perfect class for anyone who wants to learn how to work effectively with lookup functions including the VLOOKUP function in Microsoft Excel . Mastering VLOOKUP will definitely take your spreadsheets to the next level. Of course, if you have any questions about whether or not this class is for you, please contact me.


Complete Outline - Excel Expert Level 4

00. Intro (5:58)

01. VLOOKUP 1 (8:10)
Look up week day name
VLOOKUP simple function
Lookup Value
Table Array
Column Index Number
Problem With AutoFill
Use Absolute Reference
Use Named Range

02. VLOOKUP 2 (7:01)
Student Letter Grades
Range Lookup
Assign A to F
Convert to Table
Hide empty values

03. VLOOKUP 3 (9:22)
Employee Time Sheet
Employee List Table
Rename a Table
Timecard Worksheet
Exact Match Lookup
Lookup Employee Name
Lookup Pay Rate
Calculate Hours Worked
Calculate Total Pay
04. Other Lookups (13:50)
Less Than
Exact Match
Greater Than
Wildcard Match
Backward Lookup
Searching an Array

05. Cell References (10:26)
Construct a cell reference
Deconstruct a cell reference
Year to date sales figure
Sales between two months

06. Compare Two Lists (4:18)
Use MATCH to compare
Is item in list missing

07. Closest to Value (7:06)
Which value is closest to target
Calculate Difference
Autofill Double-Click Trick
ABS Absolute Value
MIN to find closest value
MATCH to locate the value
INDEX to determine winner
Closest to average value


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