When I am creating a file for my training or for my blog or other articles that I write I regularly use the FORMULATEXT function to display the formula in a cell on the right of the actual formula. To save time I created a macro to do the work for me.
Getting a single formula to create a series of sequential numbers is most commonly done with the ROWS function.
I frequently copy an email address from Outlook to Excel and most times it looks like John Smith<firstname.lastname@example.org>. To be used as an email I need to extract from between < and >. To do that in a single cell is tedious, so I wrote a macro to do it for me.
A recent question from a CPA in Canberra allowed me to combine the MOD function and helper cells to offer a solution.
Over the years I have had regular requests for a technique to hide zero rows in reports. You can use macros but you can also use filters. Let’s see how you can implement a filter solution.
Most spreadsheet controls need to link to a cell to enable interaction with the spreadsheet. There is an easy way to do that.
Copying between sheets or files is a common task. I’d like to share a quick and easy way to do it.
Yes, you can make the text in the VBA window easier to read.
It is also great for training.
(This tip may not work on 4K monitors.)
To open the VBA Window press Alt + F11.
Click the Tools menu and then Options – see image below.
Click the Editor Format tab and change the Size drop down to 14, or whatever you want – see image below.
Click OK and the font size will now be increased in the code window.
See below for a comparison between 10 and 14 point.
Must easier to read!
If you need to find the highest or lowest three entries in a filtered list you can use the AGGREGATE function to find them.
Who doesn’t get satisfaction from drawing a line through a completed task? That sense of achievement. Well you can do the same in Excel.
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.
Promoting headers in Power Query means using the first row as column headers. In Power Query this is a useful and common option. In some cases it is even automated. There is one time though when you don’t want to use it.
Let’s say you have an input range that covers the whole year. You only want users to make entries in the current month column. How can you limit the month entry? The answer is a custom Data Validation.
Sometimes when working with CSV files in Power Query you may strike the situation where Fill Down doesn’t fill down. Don’t worry there is an easy fix.
This month celebrates 12 consecutive free monthly Excel training webinars. One a month since August 2018.
(I have kept adding the new free sessions to the list)
You can view the recordings and download the materials using the table below. Sorted by Skill Level.
17 hours of free, practical CPD. Remember to keep your own records of recording viewing for CPD purposes.
Please share with the your network, enjoy!
Latest Free Excel Webinars
|Free Courses (One hour each)||Level||Recording Link||Materials|
|Excel Keyboard Shortcuts||Beg||Recording||Materials|
|Excel Mouse Shortcuts||Beg||Recording||Materials|
|Excel Formatting Tips||Beg||Recording||Materials|
|Excel 2016 Conditional Formats||Int||Recording||Materials|
|Excel Date and Time Calculations||Int||Recording||Materials|
|Excel Custom Number Formats||Int||Recording||Materials|
|Excel Financial Functions Part 1||Int||Recording||Materials|
|Excel Financial Functions Part 2||Int||Recording||Materials|
|Dashboard Guidelines & Techniques||Int||Recording||Materials|
|Format As Table Features||Int||Recording||Materials|
|Excel 2016 Chart Tips & Tricks||Int||Recording||Materials|
|Excel Yourself 2018||Beg/Int/Adv||Recording||Materials|
|Excel Yourself 2019||Int/Adv||Recording||Materials|
|Mastering Excel's Form Controls||Adv||Recording||Materials|
|Excel 2016 What-If Techniques||Adv||Recording||Materials|
|Excel Budget Challenge||Adv||Recording||Materials|
|Excel Recorded Macros||Adv||Recording||Materials|
|Interactive Excel Chart||Adv||Recording||Materials|
|Introduction to Power Query||Adv||Recording||Materials|
Level Beg = Beginner, Int = Intermediate, Adv = Advanced
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.
Unfortunately Excel doesn’t have an ISDATE function. Excel’s macro language, VBA does, but there is no spreadsheet function that let’s you know if a cell contains a date. Well there is a partial workaround and you can also use VBA.
In March I wrote a post on using a macro to apply column Autofit on a sheet but with a maximum column width. This is a follow up post as someone requested the same functionality for row height.
Many of Excel’s functions have default arguments. What are arguments? Arguments are the sections within a function that you separate with commas and some of these arguments are optional.
In some cases you may have to make manual inputs across multiple cells that are spread across a sheet. Before making the entries you need to clear the existing entries. Creating a range name can make that process much quicker.