Unlocking coloured cells in Excel

Styles and Find solutions

When you create an Excel file that handles inputs it is best practice to colour code the input cells. The colour you choose isn’t important but making sure you use it consistently is. You may need to unlock the input cells if you plan to add sheet protection to the file. Here’s a couple of ways to do that.

Twelve months of free Excel webinars

Free monthly Excel webinars

This month celebrates 12 consecutive free monthly Excel training webinars. One a month since August 2018.

You can view the recordings and download the materials using the table below. Sorted by Skill Level.

12 hours of free, practical CPD. Remember to keep your own records of recording viewing for CPD purposes.

Please share with the your network, enjoy!

12 Months of Free Excel Webinars

Free Courses (One hour each)LevelRecording LinkMaterials
Excel Keyboard ShortcutsBegRecordingMaterials
Excel Mouse Shortcuts BegRecordingMaterials
Excel 2016 Conditional FormatsIntRecordingMaterials
Excel Custom Number FormatsIntRecordingMaterials
Excel Financial Functions Part 1
Excel Financial Functions Part 2
Dashboard Guidelines & TechniquesIntRecordingMaterials
Format As Table FeaturesIntRecordingMaterials
Excel Yourself 2018 Beg/Int/AdvRecordingMaterials
Mastering Excel's Form Controls
Excel 2016 What-If Techniques AdvRecordingMaterials
Excel Budget ChallengeAdvRecordingMaterials
Excel Recorded MacrosAdvRecordingMaterials
Sorted by Level
Level Beg = Beginner, Int = Intermediate, Adv = Advanced

Handling Exceptions in Excel

Two ways to consider

When developing budgets and financial models you may need the same rate/value (say debtor days) for 10 months of the year but need to adjust it for 2 months. It is usually December and January as they tend to be a little different due to the Christmas / New Year period. Here’s a couple of ways to handle exceptions in Excel.

Multiple Entries in an Excel Filtered List

Ctrl key to the rescue

When a list is filtered you are only seeing the rows that match the filter. The other rows are still there, just hidden. If you want to make the same entry in a group of filtered cells you can’t use the fill handle to drag and copy as you will overwrite the hidden rows. There is an easy way to do it.