Hall Of Formulas

Fancy Excel Formulas to Impress and Amaze

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Cell Reference Generator

The below monster of a formula can be placed in any cell of an Excel sheet and generate that cells refernce. But wait, theres more! You can change the numerical arguments of the SEQUENCE functions in c and r to change the number of additional column and row references to generate. For instance, if this formula is in A1, and the variable values are set to to c(26) and r(30) the formula will spill to Z30, generating each cell reference in its respective cell. This formula could benefit from being turned into a LAMBDA function.

  c, SEQUENCE(1) + (COLUMN() - 1),
  r, SEQUENCE(1) + (ROW() - 1),
  a1c, IF(c - 1 < (26^2+26), "", CHAR(MOD(FLOOR.MATH((c-1)/(26^2+26)), 26) + 64)),
  a2c, IF(c - 1 < 26, "", CHAR(MOD(FLOOR.MATH((c-27)/26), 26) + 65)),
  a3c, CHAR(MOD(c - 1, 26) + 65),
  alpha, CHAR(MOD(c - 1, 26) + 65),

Array to Matrix

Given a matrix of any size (in this example, $A$1:$D$5) this function outputs a vertical array of those numbers, sorted. This function is useful when "ugly" data is provided and needs to be quickly converted to an array. I initially wrote this when I was provided with unsorted data in a matrix, and needed to create a frequency table from it.

  array, SORT($1:$5),
  s, SEQUENCE(COUNTA(array)),
  r, FLOOR.MATH((s-1) / COLUMNS(array)) + 1,
  c, MOD(s - 1, COLUMNS(array)) + 1,
  INDEX(array, r, c))

Concatenate Two Arrays

From my research, this is the shortest function (even shorter if you minify it) that can concatenate two arrays of any length. Change the values of a and b to your arrays and the formula will output a single array with those two concatenated without reordering the arrays. The formula uses the SEQUENCE array as an iterator, and conditionally checks which array elements to be adding to our new output array.

  a, A2#,
  b, B2#,
  s, SEQUENCE(ROWS(a) + ROWS(b)),
  IF(s>ROWS(a), INDEX(b, s - ROWS(a)), INDEX(a, s)))

Average days in a month

This formula calculates the average days in a month within a single cell, with no external references.

  DATE(YEAR(NOW()),  SEQUENCE(12), 1),
  AVERAGE(DAY(EOMONTH(dateArray, 0))))

Add a suffix to the date day number

This function takes a date as an argument (replacing DATEVARIABLE) and outputs the appropriate suffix for that date. I find this function super valuable when creating automated email subject lines, and body text. Ususally I utilize it in a string concatonation with the function TEXT(DATEVARIABLE, "mmmm d"). Including the suffix on a date like that is one of the little adjustments that makes automated emails feel less robotic and more pleasant to read.

=LOOKUP(DAY( DATEVARIABLE ),{1,"st";2,"nd";3,"rd";4,"th";21,"st";22,"nd";23,"rd";24,"th";31,"st"})

Switch Statement using Substrings

This unique switch statement searches for possible substrings in a variable and selects the case where each substring occurs. This kind of switch has been immensely useful for categorizing quantitative data by a sub string of it's name. In the example below we are setting a number value for each substring, from a list of variables like {Red Category, Blue Team, Green Section, Cyan Category, etc.}.

   ISNUMBER(FIND("Red", myVariable)), 1,
   ISNUMBER(FIND("Blue", myVariable)), 2,
   ISNUMBER(FIND("Cyan", myVariable)), 3,
   ISNUMBER(FIND("Green", myVariable)), 4,

String Splitter

This function is equivalent to the PHP explode, or JS split(''). By iterating over the length of the string, and taking an individual character for each iteration, we end up with an array of all of the strings characters. This will soon be replaced by TEXTSPLIT(), but at the moment I could not find a way to make TEXTSPLIT split after each character.

=LET(text, $A1, seq, SEQUENCE(1, LEN(text)), RIGHT(LEFT(text, seq), 1))
=LAMBDA(text, RIGHT(LEFT(text,SEQUENCE(1, LEN(text))), 1))