My free Excel webinar for May 2018 covered Text functions. Download the materials using the button below and watch the video.
You know how well Excel handles numbers, but not everyone knows that Excel has built-in functions and features to work with text as well. This session covers Excel’s text functions and features, in it you will learn
the different techniques to split text
techniques to extract text from text
how to easily join text
techniques for tweaking text for dates, numbers, upper and lower case
the formulas for extracting sheet and file names
two new Excel 2016 functions for combining text from ranges
As always, I will be sharing a few other tips during the session.
Let’s assume you have a large table that you are filtering. Based on the current filter you want to work out the earliest date and the latest date. You may be surprised to learn the SUBTOTAL function can help you.
Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers is a great read – I reviewed it here. Its premise is that some outliers (events that are far outside “normal” expectations) have causes and hence are worthy of investigation. Excel have some functions that can help identify outliers in your data.
I recently read a blog post about using Excel for SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). It mentioned a function to extract a domain from a URL. The function was from Google docs, not Excel. So I wrote an Excel formula to extract the domain from their list of URLs.
Let’s say you have codes that have differing numbers of characters and you need to analyse them based on how many characters a code has. There is one function that can SUM and COUNT based on the number of characters in a code.
Some systems add DR and CR to the end of numbers when they export into Excel. This renders the values useless for normal calculations. You can use data cleansing techniques to remove the characters using formulas or Power Query. There is one function however that can perform calculations on these types of entries.
When data is imported into Excel sometimes the values come in as text rather than values. Most functions can’t perform any calculations with text numbers, but one can. See how easy it is to add up text values.
What is the best layout when working with months/quarters/half years and full years? There are a few common structures. I prefer the one that lets you create single formulas that can be quickly copied across and down with as few copies as possible.
My consulting work recently highlighted a stark contrast in different Excel models and the effort it takes to create or change them. I make some recommendations to make things easier for yourself at the end of this post.
I had a question during one of my Date and Times Webinars in February. It was about months and fortnights. I couldn’t answer it during the webinar, but I did follow up with an email with the solution. The answer follows.