You can create complex functions with Excel to handle dates. But it makes more sense to get your data structured correctly and then you can use simpler date formulas. Power Query allows you to fix your data so that you can use those simpler formulas.
Filter in Power BI Data View
Filtering coming soon to the Data view in Power BI. Fingers crossed this gets done soon – patience everyone.
The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all – doing nothing.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 to 1790)
Copy Across Shortcut
In the structure below let’s assume you want to copy the SUM formula from cell B5 to cell C5.
Obviously you could use copy and paste, but that would require a few keyboard presses or mouse clicks.
Given that we already have cell C5 selected we can use
Ctrl + Shift + >
This copies whatever is in the cell on the left to the current cell.
Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
Excel has a shortcut that allows you to follow a link to its source but it has a limitation find out how to get around that limitation.
When data is imported into Excel sometimes the values come in as text rather than values. Most functions can’t perform any calculations with text numbers, but one can. See how easy it is to add up text values.
All glory comes from daring to begin.
Eugene F. Ware (1841-1911)
Word tip – increase font size
I recently found this keyboard shortcut for MS Word to increase the font size of the selected word(s).
To reduce the font size use
Our grand business in life is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Privacy settings allow you to control who sees the Power Query data. There seems to be a bug that remembers your response to a dialog and this ignores any changes to the Privacy settings. Find out the VBA line of code that can fix it.
We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.
Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Some articles make a greater impression than others. I was recently asked about a magazine article from August 2011.
Someone had changed jobs and needed to be reminded of the rolling 13 month technique.
The congratulations relate to 15 years of Excel Yourself!
Formatted Tables are great but there is an issue when it comes to copying formula that use the table names (Structured References). There are two techniques that cope with this limitation.
In a Linkedin Excel Group recently there was a discussion about whether or not you should use the Dim statement to declare your variables. The argument was that you don’t have to and someone had managed to successfully create some code without declaring variables.
A drop down list in Excel can help speed up data input and ensure the user has entered a valid entry. If you have only a few choices, creating the drop down can be a quick process.
Converting multiple text numbers into real numbers or reversing the sign on multiple numbers is easy in Excel if you know how to use Paste Special.
“The better the questions you ask yourself, the better the outcomes will be #questionsrule”
Hyperlinks are a great way to navigate around complex spreadsheets. Most times when you create a hyperlink you link to a single cell within the sheet. In some cases there is a good reason to link to a range.