Excel Roundup 20140616

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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Excel Roundup 20140609

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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Quick Charts and Free Upgrades

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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Canadian MVP Day 2014

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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