Missing Chart Data in Excel

Another macro to the rescue

The default setting for charts in Excel is to hide the data on the chart if it is hidden on the sheet. I forgot that recently when I created a few charts using a workings area to hold the chart data. I later hid the workings with column grouping. Oops – when you hide the data in the charts go blank.

The Proof is in the Plants (Penguin, 2021)

A great book that brings together all the science that supports a plant-based diet.

The book is easy to read and accessible with lots of good analogies.

Plant foods are great for you and the planet and you can read about the science that backs that up.

The book pushes a mostly plant-based diet. It doesn’t push vegan or vegetarian. Being mainly plant based is the aim. The more the better.

Highly recommend the book.

I follow the Plant Proof podcast.

One Minute to Excel #13 – Create and Use a Check Box

Tick it to the next level

A check box is an easy interface to create and use.

See how to add one to a sheet and use it in a calculation.

One Minute to Excel #12 – Hide Cell Entries

It is a special format

You can’t hide a cell, but you can stop the cell value from displaying on the sheet.

It involves a custom number format.

Open the Power Query Editor

If you have cell selected in the output table from a Power Query, you can press, in sequence (not held down) the following keys Alt P U E to open the Power Query Editor window.

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One Minute to Excel #11 – Add % to a Pivot Table

It is not intuitive

Often people perform calculations off to the right of Pivot Tables to calculate percentages.

In this short video I show you those calculations can be done inside the Pivot Table itself.

The solution is not intuitive, but it is easy.

This example builds upon the previous One Minute to Excel post.

Data Validation Shortcut

I typically use the shortcut Alt A V V pressed in sequence (not held down) to open the Data Validation dialog.

I like it because you can do it one-handed. The A and V are close together.

There is another shortcut that works the same. Again, pressed in sequence and not held down. Alt D L

Use the one that is easiest for you.

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Pivot Table Shortcuts

Here’s a couple of useful keyboard shortcuts for Pivot Tables.

Display/Hide the Pivot Table Field List – this list lets you create or change the Pivot Table.

Alt J T L  – pressed in sequence, not held down.

 

To add Subtotals above the entries in an existing Pivot Table.

Alt J Y T T – again pressed in sequence, not held down.

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One Minute to Excel #10 – Create a Pivot Table

It is easy

Note sure why, but Pivot Tables are often seen a “hard” or “advanced”.

In the short video we see how easy they are.

Oops – I go over my one minute time limit by a few seconds because I format the Pivot Table as well.

Save and Close in Excel

Let's create a macro

I started using Excel in the late 80’s on a Mac. It had a Save and Close button. When I discovered VBA in Excel on the PC, the very first macro I ever made was save and close.

I thought this would be a good example to take you through creating a macro from scratch and sharing a technique to make it easy to use.

Expand the Formula Bar

The Formula Bar can be expanded using the icon on the end. But there is a keyboard shortcut as well.

You can expand it or return it to one line using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + U.

Thanks to Excel MVP Tom Urtis for sharing this shortcut recently on LinkedIn.

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One Minute to Excel #9 – Drop down list in a cell

Three techniques

This short video covers different ways to insert a drop down list into a cell.

I go over my one minute time limit by a couple of seconds, but I do cover three techniques.

Excel’s Formatted Tables [Video]

Free webinar recording

Learn about Excel’s powerful Table feature that treats tables like little databases.

I ran this free live webinar in March 2021.

You can access the pdf manual and example file by clicking the button below the video.

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One Minute to Excel #8 – Incrementing a Long List of Dates

It is easy when you know how

In this short video I cover how to increment dates in long ranges.

It uses a little know dialog.

One Minute to Excel #7 – Copy Date down a Long Range

Quick and easy technique

In this short video I cover how to insert dates in long ranges.

Its simple and quick.

One Minute to Excel #6 – Add Subtotals Automatically

Built-in feature

In this short video I cover how to insert automated subtotals.

Its a built-in feature, that is easy to use.

One Minute To Excel #5 – Extracting Unique Entries

Three techniques

In previous videos I worked with duplicated entries.

In this video I demonstrate how to extract unique entries from a list.

Three different ways in 60 seconds.

Off we go!