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Excel 2019: Discover New Functions by Using fx


July 18, 2019 - by Bill Jelen

Discover New Functions by Using fx. Photo Credit: David Blume at Unsplash.com

There are 400+ functions in Excel. Instead of taking 450 pages to describe every function, I am going to teach you how to find the function that you need.

The Excel 2007 formulas tab introduced a huge fx Insert Function icon. But you don’t need to use the one on the Formulas tab; the same icon has been to the left of the formula bar ever since I can remember.

A simple model to calculate a car payment. The principal of 25995 is in B1. The Term of 60 months in B2. The interest rate of 5.25% in B3. The payment cell of B5 is selected. You can either choose Insert Function on the Formulas tab, or click the small script fx to the left of the formula bar.

If you are trying to figure out how to calculate a loan payment, the Insert Function dialog will help. Click the icon next to the formula bar. In the Search for a Function box, type what you are trying to do. Click Go. The Select a Function box shows functions related to your search term. Click on a function in that box to see the description at the bottom of the dialog.

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