I use Alt key shortcuts a lot when I am working and I have found a couple more useful ones.
I have previously posted about using CutePDF to create pdfs from Excel sheets. There is another way, but it takes a few clicks and it only works in Excel 2010 and later versions. (It may work in Excel 2007 but I have taken that version off my PC so I can’t test it.)
Do you use the “Filter by Selected Cell’s Value” option? If you do then you will be pleased to know there is a Quick Access Toolbar icon that applies it in one click.
I had a question on another post on how to convert Nov 21, 2014 into a date Excel recognises. The solution involves six functions working together.
If you need to convert a number into a text number within a formula there are a couple of ways to achieve this, but one way is a lot easier.
Let’s say you have a table of codes and every month there are a few you want to check out. You could use a VLOOKUP to extract all the details for each code, but let’s say you want to view the codes in the table.
I wanted to offer a solution to a common problem I see in Excel. It relates to creating totals in data that isn’t structured that well.
There are times in Excel when you want to see as much of the Excel grid as possible. You may be reviewing or presenting a dashboard or looking at a large PivotTable. Excel has a Full Screen mode that shows just the grid and the sheet tabs.
It is common to work with lists in Excel. Lists of departments, names and other categories you frequently use. This blog post covers a few techniques that work really well together to create robust reporting systems.
I was watching a video a while back and some Excel experts were lamenting the lack of a documentation standard in Excel. They mentioned that the cell comments system could be used for documentation, but there was no way to centralise all the comments. Well, I have written a macro to do just that.
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. This applies to many thing in Excel and especially to charts. With charts the “less is more” philosophy works well. Have a look at the four charts in the image below.
In Excel you can us Save As to save a file as a pdf, but it isn’t quite as effective in Excel as it is for MS Word. Often you only want to save a single sheet or a few sheets to pdf. Try this.
You can right click a sheet tab and select Hide, but it is just as easy to Unhide the sheet. What if you want to make it harder to unhide the sheet?
I saw a technique demonstrated recently with VLOOKUP that I hadn’t seen used before and thought at the time, that’s handy. Upon reflection however, I thought that’s a bit dangerous.
The LEFT and RIGHT functions are great for extracting leading or trailing characters from a text string. Did you know their default setting is handy too?
Yes, you can sort by colour in Excel! This feature makes it easy for you to colour code cells and then place them together at the top of your data set.
Dashboard Charts are the ultimate goal of most Power BI reports, so let’s dive in.
The Excel team has a great site that encourages people to post new ideas for Excel. It also encourages people to vote for the new suggested features.
I have just posted an idea for a UNIQUE function that extracts unique entries from a list.
Currently you have to manually maintain a separate list of entries for a drop down lists. You can’t use a list that contains duplicates for a drop down list.
What if that list was updated automatically via a formula from the original data source? So as new items are added at the data source they automatically appear in the drop down list?
Currently a dynamic solution requires a complex array formula or a UDF (User Defined Function – macro).
This would also make creating formula-based reports so much easier.
Please take the time to vote for my suggestion. Feel free to post your own suggestions as well.
In the previous post we extracted the data from a CSV file. Now let’s create a report. It won’t be the greatest report as the data is pretty basic, but at least its a start.