Bold Your Headings

Apparently this is not widely known, but you should always bold the headings in your tables.

Then when you use Format as Table (Ctrl + t) on the Home ribbon tab the header row will be correctly identified.

This also applies to the Ctrl + Shift + L shortcut to insert the filter drop downs.

It also applies to the ranges used for charts.

In general ALWAYS BOLD your headings – it is something Excel looks for.

Ctrl + b is the bold shortcut.

Related Posts

Atomic Habits (2018)

A new book that covers how you can make small incremental changes over time that lead to large results.

Atomic means small, as in atoms.

I have followed James’s Blog (link below) for a number of years and this book covers topics from the blog plus new material.

James Clear’s blog

His back story is interesting and inspiring.

It is a practical book and he provides ideas to increase your good habits and reduce your bad habits – useful strategies to do both are included.

Habits are automatic and many times unconscious, so the more automated and intentional you make your habits the more time you have for other important things.

You may need to read it a couple of times to get the most out of all his suggestions.

Highly recommend.

Free Excel Webinar Recording – Keyboard Shortcuts

Feedback score 93%

When I ran some face to face training sessions recently I was reminded how much people LOVE keyboard shortcuts. So I decided to update my keyboard shortcut webinar.

In October 2018 I shared lots of keyboard shortcuts. Download the materials using the button below and watch the video.

Webinar Materials

Using the mouse isn’t always the quickest way to perform tasks in Excel. Keyboard shortcuts can speed up your work and save you hunting through screens and dialogs. Some of the keyboard shortcuts you will learn in this session are:

  • wrap text and other useful formats
  • applying row and column grouping
  • selecting a table quickly
  • copying visible cells only
  • apply and remove Freeze Panes
  • returning after following a hyperlink
  • how to avoid an annoying feature of formula and reference dialogs when you press an arrow key to move around
  • get the most out of the Tab key

There will be lots of other shortcuts as well. Even if you prefer using the mouse you might learn a few useful new techniques.

Delete a cell comment

From a question in a recent webinar I found a keyboard shortcut to delete a cell comment.

Alt r d pressed in sequence, not held down.

Free Excel Webinar Recording – What If Techniques

Feedback score 92%

My free Excel webinar for September 2018 covered What If Techniques. Download the materials using the button below and watch the video.

Download Webinar Materials

Content applies to Excel 2010 and later versions. You will need to install the Solver Add-in – instructions in the manual and  video.

  • Goal Seek – simple what-if changes
  • Solver – advanced what-if analysis
  • Scenario Manager – handling different sets of inputs
  • Data Tables – single and double variable sensitivity analysis
  • NEW – Forecast sheet

DAX Functions

A listing of all the DAX functions with their syntax.

DAX functions are used in Power BI and PowerPivot for Excel.

It is a reference site, not a training site.

It has been created by Marco Russo and Alberto Ferrari – legends in Power BI and all things DAX.

Link to DAX Guide

 

Horizontal or Vertical Progress Bar in Excel

Conditional Format or Sparkline take your pick

In a recent webinar on conditional formatting I was demonstrating how to create a horizontal progress bar using conditional formats when someone asked an interesting question about creating a vertical progress bar. It is possible and in this blog post I will explain both techniques.