A formula is an expression telling the computer what mathematical operation to perform upon a specific value. When referring to computer software, formulas are most often used in spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel. In the picture below, is an example of a Microsoft Excel formula =SUM(A$1:A$3), which adds the total of cells A1,A2, and A3. In this formula SUM is the function of the formula.
Tip: Press the shortcut key Shift + F3 to open the Excel Formula or Insert Function window.
Note: A formula will not be seen unless the cell is selected.
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