In this short video I demonstrate how to create range names quickly based on labels. Range names are a powerful formula feature. I also demonstrate their use.
There are no old roads to new directions.
attributed to Boston Consulting Group
Using colours on your sheets can help you navigate and organise your file. If you want to sort your sheets by colour you can use a macro to speed up the process.
Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off once in a while, or the light won’t come in.
Alan Alda – commencement speech – 1980
When working with files in VBA code, you may need to know if a file is already open. A function can return TRUE if a file is currently open and FALSE if it isn’t.
A good scare is worth more than good advice.
If you need to find the movement from the previous month a PivotTable can be your friend and do most of the work for you.
Discovery consists of seeing what everyone has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-unknown)
The General format is Excel’s default format.
It doesn’t really do much. It can be handy to use though if Excel applies a format you don’t want, like a date or a percentage.
The keyboard shortcut to apply the General format is
Ctrl + Shift + ~
Be careful if you forget the Shift key as it will display formulas. If that happens, press it again (without the Shift key) and it will revert back to normal.
The MIN and MAX functions can provide easy ways to capture current dates.
The different between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
OK in the last video I cheated and used Sparkline charts to create 8 charts in a minute.
This time I set myself a real challenge to create 8 real charts in a minute.
Its close – check out the video and learn a few useful techniques.
When working in long spreadsheets it can be a good idea to use a navigation column to make it easier to move between the different sections.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Albert Einstein (1879-1855)
Let’s see if I can create 8 charts in a minute – one for each state and territory in Australia
I cheat a little bit and use Sparkline charts. If you haven’t seen Sparklines before check out the video.
Keeping charts simple is a good rule to live by. Two of the simplest charts are a column chart and a line chart. People have their preferences. Here is a short macro that lets you switch between the two chart types.
AutoSum’s cryptonite is a blank cell – it stops AutoSum in its tracks every time.
Here’s how you can avoid AutoSum’s blind spot.
Power Pivots and the Data Model take pivot tables to another level or two, but there are a few limitations you need to be aware when you use Excel’s data model to create a pivot table.
Action may not bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
A client has recently added a cafe to their budget and frustratingly Excel wants to put the accent above the e. Here’s how to stop that.
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
George Santayanna (1863-1952)
Spanish-American philosopher and poet
Often when you are working with Excel VBA you need to confirm if a sheet exists based on the tab name. This Function can be used to do that. It works with the active file (workbook).
We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.
John F Kennedy (1917-1963)
These two Apps don’t always play nicely together. MYOB has a bad habit of turning off calculation in its Excel files. Here’s how to fix it quickly.
If you add only a little to a little and do this often, soon that little will become great.
Ancient Greek poet Hesiod
I don’t do many Outlook macros, but this one is really useful and I have used it for a long time. It looks at your outgoing email and checks to see if you have the word attach in it and then checks to see if you have an attachment. It warns you if you don’t.
A change in perspective is worth 80 IQ points.
Alan Kay– computer scientist
It is common to have a lot of input cells in an Excel file. It is best practice to use the same format for all the input cells. This makes it easier to identify input cells for you and the user. Here is a technique using Conditional Formats that may be useful.
“If you care too much about being praised, in the end you will not accomplish anything serious. Let the judgments of others be the consequence of your deeds, not their purpose.”
One of the problems with Excel’s Data Validation is that it is possible to have an invalid entry in a data validation cell. This can be caused by Paste Special Values or linked drop downs that don’t update if an earlier drop down is changed. To easily identify invalid cells you can use a macro.