When using formulas in Excel you can add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Use Excel formulas to also make cell references in Excel.
In our example below, we'll use a simple formula and cell references to calculate a budget.
If the result of a formula is too large to be displayed in a cell, it may appear as pound signs (#######) instead of a value. This means the column is not wide enough to display the cell content. Simply increase the column width to show the cell content.
The true advantage of cell references is that they allow you to update data in your worksheet without having to rewrite formulas. In the example below, we've modified the value of cell D1 from $1,200 to $1,800. The formula in D3 will automatically recalculate and display the new value in cell D3.
Excel will not always tell you if your formula contains an error, so it's up to you to check all of your formulas. To learn how to do this, you can read the Double-Check Your Formulas lesson from our Excel Formulas tutorial.