When you’re creating and managing a spreadsheet in an office suite, one thing you really want to happen is for cells to automatically update based on what you enter. For example, as you enter more sales data, the total value of the sales increases in the spreadsheet without you having to calculate it yourself. This is one of things that is possible with Open Office and in this article, you’ll learn some of the basics of creating a formula in the Calc software to achieve everything you’re looking for in your spreadsheet for business and personal usage.
The first thing you need to do is to obviously open the spreadsheet you’ve been working on. You also need to think about what you want to be automatically calculated and select which cells these will be stored in. To get started, click on one of these cells and we’ll get started with an example.
Whenever you’re creating a formula in a cell, the first thing you must enter is = . This shows the suite that what you’re entering is a formula rather than just standard text. After you’ve written this, you should just be able to enter what you’re wanting to do and press enter – It will calculate it there and then and whenever you change one of the pieces of data the cell refers to, it will automatically calculate it once again. What we need to tell you about now is some of the ways in which you can write one with little hassle.
Cell References – One thing to note is that you can refer to any cell in a formula simply by writing the location in the spreadsheet. For example, D5. You can find this by looking at the layout and identifying both the column and the row. This allows you to do very simple math. Let’s take a look at an example and then tell you what each of them do.
=D4+A3 – If you entered this into a cell, it would add the values entered in both D4 and A3 together and then display the result. It works in multiple different ways, too, so you can do subtraction, multiplication or division without any major hassle. If you want to test to see if it works, just change one of the values in the cells you’ve entered and watch the end result update.
Functions – You need to remember that Open Office has support for many many features to make sure that no matter who you are, you have the functionality to do what you want. There are tons of different functions available which make it a lot more advanced than you think. We won’t provide a full list in this article because of the amount available but look elsewhere on our website for much more information on this.
In this article, you should have been able to find out the very basics of using an Open Office formula. Remember to use the equals sign followed by the formula you wish to use, after that you can’t really go wrong. If you aren’t using it yet, we highly recommend that you do so, it’s quick and easy to use and best of all, it’s completely free!