Have you seen the articles that blame Excel for all kinds of business errors? In some cases, problems occur because rows were hidden, and that distorted the data analysis. To help avoid those problems, I created a sample file that shows an Excel hidden data warning, if rows or columns are hidden.
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If you’ve already entered a number in a cell, or a group of cells, what’s a quick way to add something to that amount?
For example, I keep track of my To Do list in a workbook, and one of my items is “Daily Admin tasks”. Sometimes, I start the day by answering client emails, posting links to my latest blog post, and doing the accounting for the previous day’s sales.
So, I enter the time spent – 0.75 hours – and move on to the next task.
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This week, I got an email from someone who sets up complex Excel workbooks, and has a few challenges:
- Some files have so many sheets that it’s tough to find the sheet you need.
- Files have links to other files, and sometimes the links don’t refresh correctly
- It’s difficult to track formulas, and see how things are connected.
Are there any tools could help with these challenges? I suggested a few things, some free tools, and some paid tools. If you have other suggestions, please add them in the comments.
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When you build a workbook for other people to use, there might be worksheets that can stay hidden some of the time. In this example, the workbook is used to create and print orders.
If the shipment is going to Canada, an Export Form needs to be printed too. For shipments to the USA, the form isn’t needed.
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If you still have a Commodore 64 in your basement, you could run a one-line maze generator, in Basic.
If your mom threw out that C64, years ago, you can do something similar in Microsoft Excel. On Google+, Graeme McRae posted a VBA function that will create a maze, using a random string of / and \ characters.
Here’s one that I created in Excel 2013, with a gold background, and bold font. That should keep your kids (or you) busy for a while!
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How far back can you trace your family tree? Prof. Lee Townsend, from University of Hartford, has found an interesting new way to draw her family tree — in Excel, using Smart Art and some VBA.
The details are below, and I’m also happy to announce the winners in the Peltier Tech Chart Utility Giveaway.
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On Thursday, June 12th, Jon Peltier is releasing the Advanced version of his Excel Chart Utility. If you make charts in Excel, keep reading, to see what the chart utility does, and how you can win a copy of your own.
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What’s the oldest version of Excel, or other spreadsheet program, that you have lying around your office? In my office, there’s an old Multiplan disc and manual, and before that, I probably used a rock and chisel.
Gough Lui took a trip back in time, and installed Excel for Windows Version 3.0 – nine floppies, all 5.25″ in DD 360kB format. There are lots of screen shots, which might make you nostalgic for the good old days.
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After you put data onto a worksheet, you might need to add a chart, for a visual summary of the data. In the screen shot below, there is sales data for 4 regions, and a column chart from that data.
You can quickly see that things are going better in the East region, than in the North. Probably all the snow up there kept people away from the stores!
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Last Friday, I was invited to attend the MVP Open Day at the Microsoft Canada headquarters. We had a full day of meetings, and I presented a couple of sessions about Excel.
That lovely pink pen was made for me by Anthony LoBello, as a thanks for some Excel help. It’s a good idea to bring a distinctive pen to meetings, so nobody tries to wander off with it.
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