Microsoft Excel update makes formulas more powerful and more accessible

Patrick Devaney
Dec 29, 2022
Updated • Dec 29, 2022
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Microsoft has rolled out several updates over the last month aimed at improving at fixing various features and issues. Of particular note are updates to Microsoft Excel’s famous formulas feature, which will make them easier to use and more powerful to boot. The updates have also addressed issues relating to broken links and functionality relating to adding images to spreadsheets.

Microsoft Excel update makes formulas more powerful and more accessible

These updates will be especially useful for web users, who include all Microsoft 365 (previously known as Office 365) users, even those without access to the full desktop client. Some updates will also be available for Windows and macOS client users.

Formula Suggestions

The first and major change is the introduction of formula suggestions, which will provide contextually relevant suggestions for formulas such as SUM, AVERAGE, COUNT, COUNTA, MIN, and MAX. Currently, this feature is only available to English accounts.

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You can see a video of this new feature in operation here.

Formula by Example

The second major change is called "formula by example," which is similar to autofill. After users enter a series of similar entries, the web version of Excel can now suggest content for the remaining cells based on their previous actions.

You can watch a video explaining showing how this new feature will work here.

Suggested Links

Additionally, Excel has introduced a tool that can detect broken cloud workbook links to ensure that data remains up-to-date and functioning, as well as a new search bar in the queries pane for easier navigation.

Microsoft has created a video of this feature in action, which you can watch here.

IMAGE Function

Finally, Excel web now supports images inside cells, rather than floating on top of the sheet. This feature is also now available for Windows and macOS versions of the Excel desktop client. You can learn more about this feature by clicking here.

Some of these updates are rolling out gradually, and some features may not be available to all users or may be reserved for Windows Insiders.

If you liked this article, you should also check out our round-up of all the Microsoft Excel updates from November 2022.

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Microsoft Excel update makes formulas more powerful and more accessible
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  1. Shania said on December 29, 2022 at 7:28 pm
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    This is a pretty good article, keep it up. I was getting my hopes down after several poorly written ones by Shaun in last two weeks, but this is good. No out-of-context hyperlinks, overall writing standard on par with classic ghacks.

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