Making Subtotals Bold

When you use the SUBTOTAL feature in the Data ribbon tab it automatically inserts subtotals in your list – see blog post on it here.

One problem with this is that is only makes the cell with the word Total bold – it doesn’t make the whole row bold.

If you want the whole row to be bold it isn’t hard to fix.

  1. Select the whole range involved.
  2. Use the grouping button 2 top left corner. See image below.
  3. Then hold the Alt key down and press the ; (semicolon key) – this selects just the visible cells.
  4. Then press Ctrl + b to bold it.
  5. Click another cell to reset the range and you are done.

Learning Excel’s Function Arguments

When you start to use a function it can take some time to learn the arguments required and understand what Excel expects for each argument. Eg should it be a cell or a range or either?

When you have the start of a function in the formula bar, you can either press Ctrl + a or click the fx symbol on the left of the formula bar – see image below.

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In the image above, the argument in square brackets [range_lookup] is optional. Square brackets around an argument mean it is optional.

This will display a dialog with a listing of the arguments required by a function. The bold names are required, the non-bold names are optional.

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This listing provides a lot more detail on what Excel is expecting for each function argument. This helps you learn more about how to create and use the function.

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Summing a range with Errors

If you have a column of values with errors, but you want to see what the values add up to, use the AGGREGATE function (added in Excel 2010).

If column A has the values and errors use

=AGGREGATE(9,6,A:A)

The 9 means SUM. The 6 means ignore errors.

Financial Model Guidelines

RSM UK
2016-07-06

“A new financial modelling guide authored by the ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty and RSM aims to help businesses of all sizes plan and reduce risk. ” – website

If you use or build financial models then this pdf guide may be worth downloading – its free and no email is required – at least when I downloaded it.

Happy reading.

Don’t forget you can read pdfs on your kindle and iPad.