I ran a webinar in January 2019 where I presented and explained a budget challenge file I had submitted in November 2018. I mentioned during the session that I didn’t like the layout of the Data tab. Well someone asked how should it look? So here is how I would have arranged it.
The Data Validation dialog allows you to limit or control what a user enters into a cell. There are two keyboard shortcuts to open it.
Make a Dent
Do you use Indenting in reports? Example below.
If you do, you make like this keyboard shortcut.
To increase Indenting press Alt H 6 pressed in sequence, not held down.
To decrease Indenting press Alt H 5 (is that an Outdent?)
I recently received an unusual request about sorting. They wanted to sort in ascending order but they wanted to ignore the sign of the values. So -44 would be next to 44.
I recently found a useful keyboard shortcut for the VBA code window. I tried an Excel shortcut that helped in the VBA window.
In December 2018 I reviewed four of my articles from the INTHEBLACK magazine from 2018. Download the materials using the button below and watch the video.
Includes extra content not included in the magazine.
This year’s smorgasbord webinar includes
- how to handle validations
- dynamically highlighting the current row in a table (uses a macro)
- centralising logic – how and why to do it – alternatives to the IF function
- creating a slope chart (includes a macro to speed up the process)
As always there will be a few more tips and tricks shared in the session.
Open Filter the Drop Down
If you have filters turned on and you are in the heading row of the table you can press Alt + down arrow to open the filter drop down.
You can then use the arrow keys to move up and down.
When I ran some face to face training sessions recently I was reminded how much people LOVE shortcuts. I did a keyboard shortcut webinar session in October 2018.
In November 2018 I shared lots of mouse shortcuts. Download the materials using the button below and watch the video.
Some of the topics and techniques you will learn include:
- the various cursor shapes and how to use them correctly
- right clicking options you may not know exist
- copying anything quickly with the mouse, even sheets
- drawing perfect circles and squares
- lining up charts and other shapes perfectly
- cool techniques with the Fill Handle
- something you may never have tried with the right mouse button
- using the the Office clipboard
- a trick to use the Series dialog
This session will demonstrate lots of techniques using the mouse and also using the mouse with the keyboard.
Even if you prefer using the keyboard you might learn a few useful new techniques.
Bold Your Headings
Apparently this is not widely known, but you should always bold the headings in your tables.
Then when you use Format as Table (Ctrl + t) on the Home ribbon tab the header row will be correctly identified.
This also applies to the Ctrl + Shift + L shortcut to insert the filter drop downs.
It also applies to the ranges used for charts.
In general ALWAYS BOLD your headings – it is something Excel looks for.
Ctrl + b is the bold shortcut.
Do you use the Ctrl key and the mouse to select multiple ranges? Well you may want to watch this short video.
Ever seen a sheet with what looks like missing gridlines? Wondered what happened? The issue is a format.
When I ran some face to face training sessions recently I was reminded how much people LOVE keyboard shortcuts. So I decided to update my keyboard shortcut webinar.
In October 2018 I shared lots of keyboard shortcuts. Download the materials using the button below and watch the video.
Using the mouse isn’t always the quickest way to perform tasks in Excel. Keyboard shortcuts can speed up your work and save you hunting through screens and dialogs. Some of the keyboard shortcuts you will learn in this session are:
- wrap text and other useful formats
- applying row and column grouping
- selecting a table quickly
- copying visible cells only
- apply and remove Freeze Panes
- returning after following a hyperlink
- how to avoid an annoying feature of formula and reference dialogs when you press an arrow key to move around
- get the most out of the Tab key
There will be lots of other shortcuts as well. Even if you prefer using the mouse you might learn a few useful new techniques.
Delete a cell comment
From a question in a recent webinar I found a keyboard shortcut to delete a cell comment.
Alt r d pressed in sequence, not held down.
Adding current date to a cell comment
You may know that Ctrl + ; (semi-colon) will insert the current date in a cell.
Did you know it also works in a cell comment?
Let’s assume you need to fill a vertical range with all the whole numbers from 1 to 100. There are lots of ways to do this, but I think the keyboard could be the quickest.
Advanced Filter Keyboard Shortcut
To open the Advanced Filter dialog use Alt A Q pressed in sequence, not held down.
My free Excel webinar for September 2018 covered What If Techniques. Download the materials using the button below and watch the video.
Content applies to Excel 2010 and later versions. You will need to install the Solver Add-in – instructions in the manual and video.
- Goal Seek – simple what-if changes
- Solver – advanced what-if analysis
- Scenario Manager – handling different sets of inputs
- Data Tables – single and double variable sensitivity analysis
- NEW – Forecast sheet
In a recent webinar on conditional formatting I was demonstrating how to create a horizontal progress bar using conditional formats when someone asked an interesting question about creating a vertical progress bar. It is possible and in this blog post I will explain both techniques.
Conditional Format Feedback
The Conditional Format webinars I ran in August were popular and well received- 94% feedback score.
An email I received recently is shown below.
To watch the recording and download the materials click here.