The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.

Juma Ikangaa

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# Excel and Financial Year Quarters

### Australian solution

The Australian Financial Year runs from 1 July to 30 June. To determine which quarter a date falls into there are at least a couple of formulas that will do the trick.

### Repeat with F4

To repeat the last action you have performed on any range, or cell, you can press the F4 function key.

Not all actions can be repeated, but most can.

If you have recently performed two actions only the last one will be repeated.

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The future will depend on what we do in the present.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.

Ben Hogan (1912 – 1997)

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### Convert to a Number

Numbers formatted as text (often imported from other systems) can cause issues in Excel.

To convert a number formatted as text into a real number that can be used in calculations use a formula like.

`=A1*1`

This will convert a number formatted as text in A1 into a real number.

NOTE: it will return an error if the value cannot be converted into a number.

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The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.

Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

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An Excel MVP and a chart guru. His site has GREAT chart resources.

# Summing Coloured Cells in Excel

### A SUBTOTAL trick worth learning

In my training sessions I sometimes get asked about summing cells based on their colour. A SUMIF based on colour.

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

William Bruce Cameron

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If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

Abraham Maslow

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# Excel and Side Ways Sorting

### Yes, it is possible

I found out something new from one of my webinar attendees recently. You can sort sideways in Excel.

### New Window

To open a new window for the current file, which allows you to resize and see two separate views of the same file use

Alt w n

Pressed in sequence, not held down.

Be careful when you open multiple windows. Make sure you close the windows with the highest numbers first. Look at the top of the window to see the window number.

If you don’t, you can lose view and print settings.

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Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)

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Take the attitude of a student. Never be too big to ask questions. Never know too much to learn something new.

Og Mandino (1923 – 1996)

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