Lesson 18: What is a Formula and Function in Excel | What is the difference between a formula and function in Excel?

In this lesson, I’m going to be showing you how to:

  1. Understand what is a formula in Excel
  2. Understand what is a function in Excel
  3. Understand what is the difference between a formula and function in Excel

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When you’re ready move onto:

Lesson 19: What is a Workbook and Worksheet in Excel | What is the difference between a workbook and worksheet in Excel?

Or go back to:

Lesson 17: How to PRINT the spreadsheet SHOWING the formulas and functions in Excel

Lesson 16: What is Page Orientation in Excel | Change Portrait orientation to Landscape in Excel

Lesson 15: Format the Font colour in Excel | Shade a range of cells to any colour in Excel

Lesson 14: How to insert a HEADER in Excel? | How to insert an AUTOMATIC FILENAME in the header?

Lesson 13: How to Format cells as Currency, Date, Percentages and apply Decimal Places to numbers in Excel

Lesson 12: Wrap Text in Excel | Break Text to Multiple Lines | Shrink to Fit

Lesson 11: Merge & Center in Excel | Merge Across | Merge Cells

Lesson 10: How to use the INSERT FUNCTION command in Excel

Lesson 9: Simple Subtraction Formula in Excel

Lesson 8: Using the COUNT and COUNTIF function to count ONLY the cells, which contains TEXTUAL data

Lesson 7: Count & CountA function in Excel | Difference between Count and CountA function in Excel

Lesson 6: MIN & MAX function in Excel | Find the Minimum and Maximum value within a range in Excel

Lesson 5: Average Function in Excel | What does Average mean

Lesson 4: Multiplication Formula in Excel | Replicate or Copy Formulas in Excel

Lesson 3: Formatting Cells in Excel | Make a Spreadsheet look visually attractive

Lesson 2: SUM function in Excel | Entering Text & Numbers | FREE Series of Microsoft Excel Lessons

Lesson 1: Introduction to Microsoft Excel | Excel Interface | FREE Series of Microsoft Excel Lessons (pdf guide included)

Hope you are enjoying your learning 🙂

Habib Ali – ICT Tutor

28 thoughts on “Lesson 18: What is a Formula and Function in Excel | What is the difference between a formula and function in Excel?”

  1. Hi Habib,
    Thanks for this explanation for another of Excel’s functions. Your lessons are great and easy to understand.
    I keep coming back to your tutorials whenever I get stuck. They are a wonderful reference.
    Thanks so much for creating all of these,

    • I’m happy to help Suzanne – keep coming to our site anytime you need help. Don’t forget to bookmark our site to make it easier for you to access 🙂

      Habib (ICT Tutor)

  2. Hi Habib,

    Thanks for the series of excel tutorial, it’s quite helpful & useful for people who like to master excel no matter for work or just to manage personal stuff.

    I am not very good at excel, so I will bookmark this page and come back often to learn the tips if I got the chance to use it.

    Thanks for sharing,

    • Yes Matt, it is useful for everybody wanting to learn excel as it is a valuable software, which is needed in every part of our life whether its personal or business. Happy to hear you have bookmarked our site as many more tutorials are on their way.

      Habib (ICT Tutor)

  3. Hi there,

    Super useful tutorials as always. I have to review some lessons that I’ve forgotten.

    It’s easy to understand. 🙂

    Thanks and all the best

    • We all need to review and revise on our knowledge and skills – my tutorials are perfect for new learners or existing learners wanting to brush-up on their skills. Thank you for the compliment Kumponchai 🙂

      Habib (ICT Tutor)

  4. Thanks for the information. While I don’t use Excel too much myself, I know someone who does and this article will be very useful.

  5. Very informative content and the website is well organized, it is so easy to find the right content and navigate through. You explain everything in-depth and in the easiest way possible, Thanks!

  6. Thanks again, Your lessons (and their titles) make it really easy to find the answers to excel user issues. I personally use Numbers on an Apple Macbook, but the functionality has similarities! Thanks again.

    • You’re welcome Angelique. Thank you for the compliment. I am doing my best to make the navigation to the lessons and the lessons themselves to be as simple as possible, for anyone to understand. Take care

      Habib (ICT Tutor)

  7. Those formulas in Excel make everything so easy! It saves you from doing maths 😉 I often used these formulas at a previous job. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes simple and straightforward to use it.

    • Yes Christine, most mathematical calculations are done and automated for you via functions and formulas in excel. Thanks for sharing your comment.

      Habib (ICT Tutor)

  8. This is great. I took an excel class in college and I had a hard time with the simple things, I basically faked my way thru the assignments ha! This broke it up so simply. Thank you!

  9. Hi
    Thanks for this. I have used formulae and functions in Excel for years and never known the specificity of the difference. I have found POWER to be a useful function for doing net present value and compound interest calculations. I’ve seen though that there are a vast number of formulae. It seems such a shame that there is so much power out there that is so little used. Thanks for this. Best regards, Andy

    • You are spot on Andy. I want to bring this power of knowledge to peoples attention and make them realise how much they can do with excel, and so easily. Thanks for your lovely comment.

      Habib (ICT Tutor)

  10. A useful tutorial Habib. My Excel skills are limited at best (I always use to hand it over to one of my Actuarial colleagues) so apart for the basic adding up cells the whole function concept is new to me. Thanks for the clear understanding – very helpful.

    • Welcome Jason – happy to help. Now you know how to do the formulas and functions yourself, you won’t need to rely on anybody else. Keep following my tutorials and you will go a long way. Take care

      Habib (ICT Tutor)

  11. I’m not good at math, haha but this video made it really easy for me to make formulas. And I did in fact did the whole (=E2+ E3 + E4 etc) since I didn’t know how to make heads or tails on excel haha. So this tip is a real time saver!

    Another great tutorial vid Habib Ali!

    • A lot of people do that Kevin – this is why it is so important to understand when to use a formula and when to use a function. Take care

      Habib (ICT Tutor)


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