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What is a WEB formula in a spreadsheet?

Web formulas and functions facilitate interactions with web-based services or retrieving data from the internet. They enable you to connect to external APIs, retrieve data from web sources, and perform operations related to web data processing or analysis.

WEB formula usage examples.


The ENCODEURL function is used to encode a string of text for the purpose of using it in a URL query. It replaces special characters with their URL-encoded equivalents.


The HYPERLINK function is used to create clickable hyperlinks in Excel. It takes a URL and an optional link label as arguments. When the hyperlink is clicked, it will open the specified URL or file. This function is useful for creating dynamic hyperlinks based on cell values or applying conditional formatting to hyperlinks.


The IMPORTDATA function imports data from a specified URL in .csv (comma-separated value) or .tsv (tab-separated value) format. It is useful for retrieving data from external sources such as stock prices, exchange rates, weather data, etc.


IMPORTFEED is an Excel function that allows you to import data from an RSS or ATOM feed. It retrieves specific information from the feed based on the provided parameters, such as the URL of the feed, query parameters, headers, and the number of items to retrieve.


The IMPORTHTML function is used to import data from a table or list within an HTML page. It takes three arguments: the URL of the webpage, the query to specify the table or list, and the index to select a specific table or list if there are multiple on the page.


The IMPORTRANGE function is used to import a range of cells from a specified spreadsheet. It takes two arguments: the spreadsheet URL and the range string. The spreadsheet URL is the URL of the spreadsheet from which you want to import data, and the range string specifies the range of cells to import. The imported data can be used in the current spreadsheet for further analysis or calculations.


The IMPORTXML function is used to import data from various structured data types, including XML, HTML, CSV, TSV, and RSS and ATOM XML feeds. It takes a URL and an XPath query as parameters. The function retrieves the data that matches the XPath query from the specified URL.

The ISURL function is used to check whether a value is a valid URL. It returns TRUE if the value is a valid URL, and FALSE otherwise.