Since 2018 I have been working with CPA Australia on a series of Excel podcasts. This page brings all the podcast links together. There are currently over 30 episodes.
October 2021 – Link
In the October article I explained and demonstrated a few ideas on creating an Index or Contents sheet for your file using hyperlinks. The podcast discusses these.
September 2021 – Link
I cover combining multiple Excel files using Power Query in the September 2021 article. The companion video on the INTHEBACK website covers the steps, the podcast discusses the advantages of Power Query and some of the techniques.
August 2021 – Link
In the August article podcast I cover creating flexible conditional formats. The example demonstrates using formulas to identify and highlight certain dates in a list. There are a few tips and traps to using formulas for conditional formats – find out what they are.
July 2021 – Link
The article in the July 2021 issue covers some recommendations and ideas on formatting. This includes using Styles, the format painter and templates.
April 2021 – Link
The LET function enables you to use variables within your Excel formulas. This means you can avoid using helper cells and create standalone formulas to solve real world problems. Currently it is only available in the subscription version of Excel.
March 2021 – Link
In the March 2021 article I covered a group of functions known as the IS functions. These help you identify different types of cell contents in Excel.
February 2021 – Link
The February 2021 article has another way to create an interactive chart – this time with range names.
January 2021 – Link
In my December 2020 article I demonstrate how to use Slicers with formatted tables together to create interactive charts.
November 2020 – Link
In my October article you discover User Defined Functions – DIY functions – yes, you can make your own functions in Excel using VBA (Visual Basic For Applications) Excel’s macro language. Hear the why and how.
My November article has yet another Power Query example. This time how to take an input table (one that is easy to input into) and convert it into a data table ready for pivot table reports. Power Query is extremely useful and is a topic all accountants should be familar with.
October 2020 – Link
I have recently started creating a companion podcast for each of my Excel Yourself magazine articles. The first is my August 2020 article on the new XLOOKUP function. The podcast includes the back story of how it came to be. My September 2020 article was on text boxes and how you can link them to cells to create flexible text.
July 2020 – Link
After a short break from recording podcasts I have returned with four separate podcasts covering Excel’s new feature called dynamic arrays. The first three podcasts follow closely the three articles I wrote for the INTHEBLACK magazine. The fourth podcast has ideas on how to apply this new functionality.
January 2020 – Link
I covered the Data Validation feature in a short form podcast.
October 2019 – Link
I covered Excel macros, the what, why and how of macros for accountants.
June 2019 – Link
Two shorter episodes were released in June. They covered Flash Fill (Excel’s super hero feature that has a back story) and Format as Table a must-use feature for tables that isn’t about formatting. These features are also on the Data ribbon.
May 2019 – Link
In this podcast I focus on the Data ribbon and the many features that it contains. Excel is more and more data focused and I discuss the how, why and when to use these features. Future podcasts will highlight specific parts of the Data ribbon in more detail.
February 2019 – Link
This podcast focuses on Power Query, what it is and how and why to use it. Power Query simplifies importing data into Excel form virtually any source.
If you haven’t started using Power Query the podcast might convince you to start. Power Query (aka Get & Transform) is also part of Power BI so everything you learn in Excel can be applied to Power BI.
November 2018 – Link
In this podcast I cover the functions Accountants need to master to get the most out of Excel.
I cover summing, logic, look ups, date, text and sundry functions.
This link is to an article I wrote that lists the functions and also the articles I have written on those functions.
October 2018 – a series of 4 short tips – Link
- The F4 function key
- The F5 function key
- Using Find in Excel – tips and traps
June 2018 – Excels’ new features and functions by version Excel 2007 to Excel 2016 – Link
April/May/June 2018 – a series of five short form podcasts – Link
- Double clicking
- Right clicking
- Ctrl key dragging
- Using Windows within Excel
- Cell comments
February 2018 – lots of keyboard shortcuts – Link