Drop Down Selection update


It has taken a decade or so but Excel finally has an in-cell drop down that you can type a letter and reduce the entries listed – see screen shot below.

Excel Has Ordinals

Woohoo, I don’t know when this happened, but you can now get Excel to extend your ordinals when you drag with the Fill Handle and use things like 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th etc.

Type 1st January in a cell and drag the cell down.

It seems to work with ordinals at the start rather than at the end of a text string. So January 1st doesn’t work. 1st by itself does work.

Restarting Excel and Windows

Even now sometimes a full restart is a possible solution.

I recently had a macro returning a weird error message about an action taking too long. Restarting Excel did not fix it.

So, I restarted Windows and the macro worked as expected.

These days with so many apps running in the background, sometimes the only solution is a restart of Excel and Windows.

Turning it off and turning it on can still solve issues.

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VBA Window Split

I just found out you can split the VBA code window. See images below.

Use the small icon above the right side scroll bar.

This can be useful if you have a long block of code and need to look at separate parts together.

Thanks to Bob Umlas the Excel MVP for sharing.


You can double click the split bar to remove it.

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One Minute to Excel #30 – Extract Data Based on Sheet Name

Shortcut to speed up name creation

Here’s a technique I use a lot to speed up report development.

Sheet names have to be unique, so they can’t be duplicated. This makes them great for department names or states.

This short video combines a few techniques to extract from a data set based on the sheet name.

All in less than a minute.

Date Alignment Trick in Excel

Text alignment in Excel is versatile. If the column isn’t wide enough to display the text, it will display over the next cell. Date and number alignments are not so forgiving. If the column isn’t wide enough the cell with display the ### symbols or the scientific format. Here is a function technique to get around the limitation.

Formatted Table – Change Default Colour

The standard colour for a formatted table is blue.

If you use Ctrl + T to create a table, that’s the colour Excel uses.

You can change the default.

On the Home ribbon tab, click the Format as Table drop-down and right click the colour scheme you want to set as the default.

Select Set As Default from the menu.



Selecting a Column Range within a Merged Cell in Excel [video]

I am not a fan of the merged cell format. It causes more problems that it solves. One issue you will face is trying to select a single column range within a range that has a merged cell. Here is how you handle it.

This post is a video post as it easier to show the problem and the solution in a video.