Free Webinar Recording – Introduction to Power Query

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In October 2019 I ran my Introduction to Power Query webinar for free (previously it was a paid session). I want to get this information out to as many people as possible. please share this resource with colleagues and your network.

The detailed pdf manual and example file can be downloaded by using the button below.

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Power Query allows you to automatically perform data cleansing routines on your data sources – no manual intervention required. Simply refresh and your data is ready to use. You can use csv files; txt files; databases and existing Excel tables as your data sources. Learn the basics, plus an advanced technique to automate data cleansing routines on your data sources.

This session covers

  • fixing dates so that Excel can recognise them
  • formatting columns as text – retaining leading zeroes in CSV files
  • deleting unwanted rows and columns from your data
  • removing leading and trailing spaces
  • populating blank values with zeroes
  • populating blanks with entries from above
  • correcting trailing minus signs
  • unpivot a report – how to convert a report layout into a data table layout
  • converting a MYOB report into a data table

CPD note – if you are claiming CPD for watching this recording you need to keep your own records. People who attend the live sessions receive an annual listing of attendances.

Free Excel Webinar Recording – Mastering Form Controls

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In March 2019 I demonstrated how to use some of Excel’s Form Controls.

CPD note – if you are claiming CPD for watching this recording you need to keep your own records. People who attend the live sessions receive an annual listing of attendances.

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Learn how to build better spreadsheet interfaces using form controls like check boxes, scroll bars, option buttons and combo boxes.

Form controls can reduce the number of input errors; simplify and speed up input plus add structure to a file.

Discover the function that you need to use to get the most out of these controls.

Find out a few tips and tricks to make creating and using form controls easier.

As always there are a few more tips and tricks shared in the session.

Unique Entries in Excel via a Conditional Format

Filtering to the rescue

Excel’s Conditional Formatting feature has a built-in unique option. Its unique option only identifies entries that are not repeated. This is different to the Advanced Filter Unique option which lists each unique item from a range once. To filter by entries only appearing once you can use Conditional Formatting with filtering. No formulas required.

Free Excel Webinar Recording – Format As Table Features

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In February 2019 I demonstrated how to use the Format as Table feature in Excel, including some advanced techniques.

CPD note – if you are claiming CPD for watching this recording you need to keep your own records. People who attend the live sessions receive an annual listing of attendances.

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Many of Excel’s features and functions work seamlessly with formatted tables. They can help you improve the structure and reliability of your spreadsheet files.

Formatted tables can allow you to create powerful reports like those in a relational databases.

Topics covered

  • advantages and limitations of formatted tables
  • keyboard shortcuts
  • using formatted tables with formulas
  • solutions to some of the limitations of formatted tables
  • using range names with formatted tables
  • using formatted tables with data validations
  • creating a running total
  • using PivotTables
  • Relationships (Data tab)

As always there will are a few more tips and tricks shared in the session.

Free Excel Webinar Recording – Budget Challenge

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In January 2019 I presented a webinar that examined a solution to a 4 dimension budget challenge. Download the materials using the button below and watch the video.

CPD note – if you are claiming CPD for watching this recording you need to keep your own records. People who attend the live sessions receive an annual listing of attendances.

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NOTE: This is not a beginner’s session.

This webinar is based on a budget scenario which you need to read before the session starts. It is only 3 pages long and included in the materials.

Topics covered include

  • using INDEX-MATCH (better alternative to VLOOKUP)
  • 3-D formulas and techniques to make using them easy
  • using a reporting template
  • validations
  • extracting sheet names
  • automating reports

As always there will are a few more tips and tricks shared in the session.

Distinct Count in Excel

The Data Model to the rescue

Counting is the poor cousin to summing in Excel. Not many people count things, but everyone adds up things. There is a special sort of count that can be useful. A distinct count counts unique entries and is hard to do with a formula. If you have Excel 2013 or a later version you can use a PivotTable to perform a distinct count.