To use VLOOKUP, the value you're looking for has to be in the first column of the lookup range. But what if your lookup table has Scores in column 3, and you need a description from column 2? Here's how you can do an Excel VLOOKUP to the left. Continue reading "Excel VLOOKUP to the Left"
Happy Halloween! Some people think that Excel is a bit scary, so I made an interactive workbook that lets you show the friendly side of Excel. Download my sample workbook, to see all the Excel Halloween tricks, and share it with your spreadsheet-fearing friends too! Continue reading "Excel Halloween Tricks"
If you're planning a vacation trip, Excel can help. It's a great place to keep your packing lists, and you can track your vacation spending too (if you really want to know the total!). I've just uploaded a new sample file that will show how far you'll travel. Select cities, and formulas do a mileage lookup, with total distance from start to end.
Do you use Excel to keep track of software subscriptions, or domain registrations, or other things with an expiry date? It's important to keep track of those dates, so here's an example of how to monitor expiry dates in Excel, and see what needs to be renewed soon.
Aside from staring at them closely, how can you compare two cells in Excel? Here are a few functions and formulas that check the contents of two cells, to see if they are the same. We'll start with a simple check, then move up the formula ladder, for more complex comparisons.
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.
Continue reading "Excel Hidden Data Warning"
As you know, Excel can do almost anything! Recently, I changed the server that my site and blog are on, and Excel helped with the IP Addresses. And since it's that time of year, let's see how Excel can calculate Easter dates for us.
Someone sent me a workbook in which a simple VLOOKUP formula was returning #N/A errors, instead of the correct results. The product numbers looked the same, but Excel didn't match them in the lookup. Can you solve this VLOOKUP formula error mystery?
Last week, I ran into problems counting Excel data with COUNTIF, and it's Twitter's fault! Why did they do that? The COUNTA function can cause problems too, when it counts cells that look empty. Let's see how to fix both of those issues.
Do you use Excel's SUBSTITUTE function very often? It's a handy way to count items in a cell, when they're separated by commas or spaces. The examples below show different ways to use this function – have you tried the variation in the last example?