There are certain situations when you can’t “unhide” columns on the left and/or rows at the top and it is not a sheet protection issue.
Time goes, you say? Ah no! Alas, Time stays, we go.
Henry Austin Dobson (1840 – 1921)
There are a number of mouse and keyboard shortcuts for copying. But there is one type of copy that can be frustrating. Copying dates can be challenging because, in general, Excel wants to increment them, not copy them. There is a simple technique to instruct Excel to copy a date.
A library is thought in cold storage.
Herbert Samuel (1870 – 1963)
Columns in a Text Box
You learn something new every day.
Today I discovered that you can have columns within a text box.
If you right click the text box and choose Format Shape the Task Pane below should open on the right.
Click the third icon (Size and Properties) at the top and then open up the Text Box options.
The Columns button allows you to specify how many columns plus the gap between them.
Excel 2016 has introduced a new type of IF function to simplify handling multiple conditions. It is called IFS.
Woohoo – my book made it to 3 on the top ten e-books in the CPA Library.
A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
George Moore (1852 – 1933)
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.
I cannot remember the books I have read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Charts have a behaviour that many people don’t realise. That behaviour can also be turned off. If you hide a row or column in the data range used by a chart, the values will also be hidden on the chart.
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than knowledge that is idle.
Kahlil Gibran (1882 to 1931)
When clearing page breaks in Excel VBA you need to be careful. There is one command that will clear page breaks but it will also affect other print settings.
Knowledge without Action is useless.
Action without Knowledge is foolishness.
Sai Baba – Indian spiritual master
When creating ranges of formulas that you want to copy down, you sometimes have a trade off in the use of fixed and relative references. If you need to create a relative reference that acts like a fixed reference you can use a trick.
Filter in Power BI Data View
Filtering coming soon to the Data view in Power BI. Fingers crossed this gets done soon – patience everyone.
The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all – doing nothing.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 to 1790)
You can create complex functions with Excel to handle dates. But it makes more sense to get your data structured correctly and then you can use simpler date formulas. Power Query allows you to fix your data so that you can use those simpler formulas.
Copy Across Shortcut
In the structure below let’s assume you want to copy the SUM formula from cell B5 to cell C5.
Obviously you could use copy and paste, but that would require a few keyboard presses or mouse clicks.
Given that we already have cell C5 selected we can use
Ctrl + Shift + >
This copies whatever is in the cell on the left to the current cell.