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I want to generate all possible combinations of 11 combination 4. I know there are 330 possible combinations but how can i let excel generate all the combinations. 1-11 combination 4.

For example. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 taking 4 at a time:

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Hi Forum,

Need help to generate Series of Items in different Permuation & Combinations..

For Ex:- If there are three Items.. A B C and forming a group of 2
then the the total no of combinations would be permut(3,1) = 6...

I need this to be shown as follows depending on the no of itmes and no of group no=2 in this case...

Permuations & Combinations are as follows:



I need to know the formula (if there is one) for Excel to figure all the possible combinations of a given set of numbers that will add up to a specified sum.

In other words, if I give the following numbers 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7 - I want Excel to figure all the possible combinations that will add up to 23, and also SHOW ME those combinations, and not just HOW MANY combinations there are.

i.e. one possible combination is 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7

Can this be done? What is the formula? I'm having a hard time figuring it out!!


Is there a worksheet function that will generate all possible combinations of
a set of given numjbers. For example, 1, 3 and 8 would generate 138, 183,
318, 381, 813, 831 and so on...

Hello gurus!

Here's my question...I have a list of numbers and I want to know how many combinations (and what they are) of adding the numbers will equal an amount.
List of Numbers

Amount to be reached = 12

These are some of the possible combinations to reach 12 :

Is there a function in Excel that will do this for me? I want to know which numbers (i.e. cells) can be added to reach 12. AND, if possible, colorcode the cells added for each combination.

Good luck and thanks!!

I want to create 6 numbers from 11 numbers..
lets suppose my numbers a 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
I want to generate all possibilities of the 6 numbers. But i dont want duplicate series.. I mean 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 6,5,4,3,2,1 are duplicates.


Dear All,
I have around 250 Employees Payroll and i am preparing the Payslip in Excell manully. I have all the Salary details in Sheet1 and in Sheet2 is Payslip. I request all of you to please help me so that i can take the printout of all the employees in sheet1 by at a time. Now im entering one by one employees code and then taking the prinout..
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Waiting for an early reply.......

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I'm trying to write a formula that will automatically take a group of football (soccer) scores, compare them with a set of predictions, and then allocate points according to how close the predictions are to the actual scores.

Manchester United 3 - 0 Arsenal
Prediction: 4 - 1
Points: 1

I've found a formula online that works for most scores; the correct score (e.g. 3 - 0), a correct win (e.g. 4 - 1), and in the case of a draw (e.g Man Utd 1 - 1 Arsenal, and the prediction 2 -2), correct draw (but not the correct score). The points are as follows: Correct draw (Prediction = result): 4 Correct win (Prediction = result): 3 Correct win, incorrect score (Winner correct, score not): 1 Correct draw, incorrect sco 1

The formula I found online for all but the correct draw is: =IF(A3&B3=C3&D3),3,IF(AND(A3=B3,C3=D3),1,IF(AND(A3>B3,C3>D3),1,IF(AND(A3<B3,C3<D3),1,0)))))

Could someone help me work out how I can write a formula to add before the above that will check the contents of four cells (the home score, away score, home prediction, away prediction), and if the number in all 4 cells are the same, allocate 4 points? I've tried using averages, but some combinations would void this. I've also used the SUM function, but the same happens, as with MULTIPLYING.

Something like =IF(A3:D3) are equal, 4,0

Below are a few examples of what I mean:
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3 - 3 3 - 3 4
2 - 1 3 - 1 1
1 - 0 1 - 0 3
3 - 3 2 - 2 1

Apologies in advance if I haven't explained this clearly enough.



Hi Everybody,

First post on the forum, have only recently joined and im hoping that someone can help me before my head explodes!

I am trying to prepare a simple Material Quantity List for some Steel materials.
The materials are all in specific sizes.

What i want to do is, as i input the length, width and height of the structure in the spreadsheet, the Material Quantity List will generate the quantity of each piece of material i will need.

Does anybody know of a formula for this. I have been trying to use the IF function and getting absolutely nowhere, all suggestions will be highly appreciated!!

I have a given length of steel bar...Example(550 feet)
I have various cut lengths that I can pick from...
14'-10".....13'- 9".. 12'-8"........(up to 6 different lengths)

I need to know the best combination of lengths to cut the long bar into to have minimal scrap left when we get to the end of the 550 feet.....

Cut as many of the longest cut lengths possiable.....Cut as few of the shortest cut lengths possiable

Due to the fact that I will have to convert this to a PLC application when completed, I want to find a mathmatical way to do this inside excel and not use the "solver"....Assuming that I/we can come up with an equation to do this .....
Any and all advice/help would be appricated.....

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Basically I have created a spreadsheet with several columns, but I have one column that lists the shirt size (YS, YM, YL, AS, AM, AL, XL, 2X, 3X) of each person. Is there a formula that I can create that will tabulate the number of sizes (i.e. AS=2, AM=7, etc.)?

In previous years I made a column for each size, and simply placed a "1" in the correct column, and had excel just add the 1's from each column. However, that takes more time and space. I was hoping to streamline it this time around.

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We have a client who will pay using the 1/4, 1/2/ and 3/4 of an hour increments as follows:

From the hour mark to 6 minutes = 0 time paid
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16 minutes to 30 minutes = 1/2 hour 30
30 minutes to 45 minutes = 3/4 hour 45
46 minutes to 60 minutes = one hour.

They work on shifts and the operation is 24 hours. Each gets 30 minutes for breaks which is not paid. Pay is biweekly and overtime is anything over 40 hours. Currently, the template we are using looks like this (sorry, I could not figure out how to paste it so you can see it in Excel layout):
WEEK 1 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
5/16 5/17 5/18 5/19 5/20 5/21 5/22
TIME IN Total Hours First Week
HOURS WORKED-OR- choose one
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I am very new to Excel and need help creating a formula that will allow us to calculate this timesheet? I am in desperate need for help.


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I would do it manually but I have a column of over 2000 different numbers.

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I have to create a schedule which incorporates lunches automatically (either half hour or 1-hour lunches, depending on the circumstances).

The schedule only has time in and time out, but I need excel to automatically deduct the lunch break depending on the circumstance:

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The call times are in the custom format h:mm, although it could easily be changed to an Excel time format. I'm using Excel 2002. I want the cell to have a different fill color if it falls within particular time frames.

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I need a formula to calculate from Start Time 8:00am and what is the End Time? with 1 hour lunch time...


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Cell B6: finish time: 6:15 formatted as 6:15:00 am
Cell B7: total time: 2:00 formula in cell: =TEXT(B6-B5,"h:mm")
Cell B8: total batches processed: 22 (this is entered manually)
Cell B9: batches per hour: formula in cell: =B8/TEXT(B7,"h")

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E value =IF(D11="","",IF(D11

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