Excel 2016 New Functions

In Excel 2016, Microsoft have introduced six new built-in functions. These are listed below, with examples of use:

Logical Functions
IFS

Tests a number of supplied conditions and returns a result corresponding to the first condition that evaluates to TRUE.

Ifs Function Example

 ABC
12002

In the above spreadsheet on the right, the ifs function can be used to divide the value in cell A1 by the first non-zero value in cells B1-C1:

=IFS( B1<>0, A1/B1, C1<>0, A1/C1 )

which gives the result 10.

(I.e. the value in cell A1 divided by the value in cell C1.)

SWITCH

Compares a number of supplied values to a supplied test expression and returns a result corresponding to the first value that matches the test expression.

Switch Function Example

 AB
12 

In the above spreadsheet on the right, the switch function is used to return a season relating to the number in cell A1.

=SWITCH( A1, 1, "Spring", 2, "Summer", 3, "Autumn", 4, "Winter" )

which gives the result "Summer".

Statistical Function
MAXIFS

Returns the largest value from a subset of values in a list that are specified according to one or more criteria.

Maxifs Function Example

 ABC
1StudentGroupScore
2Jane157%
3Lucy287%
4James275%
5Kevin141%
6Joseph177%
7Emma169%
8Alice289%
9Graham273%

In the above spreadsheet on the right, the maximum exam score recorded in Group 1, can be found by using the Maxifs function as follows:

=MAXIFS( C2:C9, B2:B9, 1 )

which gives the result 77%.

MINIFS

Returns the smallest value from a subset of values in a list that are specified according to one or more criteria.

Minifs Function Example

 ABC
1StudentGroupScore
2Jane157%
3Lucy287%
4James275%
5Kevin141%
6Joseph177%
7Emma169%
8Alice289%
9Graham273%

In the above spreadsheet on the right, the minimum exam score recorded in Ggroup 2, can be found by using the Minifs function as follows:

=MINIFS( C2:C9, B2:B9, 2 )

which gives the result 73%.

Text Functions
CONCAT

Joins together two or more text strings.

Concat Function Example

 ABC
1C:\Users\Jeff

In the above spreadsheet on the right, the text strings in cells A1, B1 and C1 can be joined together, using the Concat function, as follows:

=CONCAT( A1:C1 )

which gives the resulting text string C:\Users\Jeff


TEXTJOIN

Joins together two or more text strings, separated by a delimiter.

Textjoin Function Example

 ABC
1C:UsersJeff

In the above spreadsheet on the right, the text strings in cells A1, B1 and C1 can be joined together, separated by the delimiter "\", using the Textjoin function as follows:

=TEXTJOIN( "\", TRUE, A1:C1 )

which gives the resulting text string C:\Users\Jeff