# Thread: Useful Excel functions for crunching numbers

1. ## Useful Excel functions for crunching numbers

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Useful Excel functions for crunching numbers
 By Lincoln Spector For personal applications, the common spreadsheet is often used as a simple database — a quick and simple tool for storing bits of information. But the real power of spreadsheets is in manipulating numbers. Here's a sampling of useful and interesting logical and simple math functions.

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2. There is a small free program, CONVERT, at www.joshmadison.com/software, which I have used for a number of years. It doesn't operate with Excel, but provides a great number of units for one-time conversions, e.g., there are 3.16224e+016 nanoseconds in a leap year.

3. You may want to correct your CONCATENATE example, for accuracy. It should read (my edits between **):

 CONCATENATE: Sometimes you'll need to manipulate text. Simply put, CONCATENATE combines multiple strings of text into a single string.
For instance, what if you had a list of first names in column B (say, Lincoln in B10) and last names in column C (say, Spector in C10)? But you need full names in column D (Lincoln Spector). You might start with the formula =CONCATENATE(B10,C10); but that would result in "LincolnSpector" in D10. To put a space between first and last names, simply use =CONCATENATE(B10," ",**C10**). Note the blank space between the two middle quotation marks.
On the other hand, if you want to end up with "Spector, Lincoln," change the formula to =CONCATENATE(**C10**,", ",**B10**).

4. "(Did you know that a U.K. pint is 0.832674185 of an American pint? You're getting less beer in England!)"
No you have it backwards, US pint is 0.832674185 of the Imperial pint.
US pint=473 mL
Imperial pint=568 mL

5. ## The Following User Says Thank You to mecadeus For This Useful Post:

bemptage (2014-07-19)

6. Thank you for your most informative article.
I have a question about using the Roundings formula in Excel.
In one column of cells the actual amounts are listed to the exact cent and in the next column I want to apply either a rounding up or down to the nearest 10 cents with 1 to 5 cents being rounded down and 6 to 9 cents being rounded up. \$2.45 would therefore be rounded down.
I have tried the Roundings formula in Excel but it rounds 5 cents up which doesn't work for me.
I'm sure that there is an easy way to do this but haven't had any luck so far in working it out so can you suggest a formula that will do the job?
Thank you
BrianL

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