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Nov 19, 2020

The best features of Excel 2013 - Part 1

NOTE: SkyDrive is now OneDrive, and SkyDrive Pro is now OneDrive for Business The first thing you will see when you open Excel is a brand new look. It is cleaner, but [...]

May 28, 2021

PivotTable timelines in Excel 2013

Timelines are a new feature in Excel 2013. A timeline lets you filter records in a PivotTable - it works similar to a slicer, but you'll filter by dates. Once you [...]

May 21, 2021

Remove those rogue records in Excel

When lists of data are merged, duplicates can be introduced. Fortunately, Microsoft Excel has a Remove Duplicates feature that will eliminate these rogue records. All [...]

May 18, 2021

Find a filter result without filtering in Excel

You may remember a previous blog post of mine about advanced filters previously. I recently had a student in one of our Excel Courses who was interested in filtering and [...]

May 08, 2021

Round, RoundUp and RoundDown in Excel

This article explains the three functions to round numbers in Excel - the ROUND, ROUNDUP and ROUNDDOWN function. Note: Before your start, if you round a number, you [...]

May 05, 2021

Group data in ranges of values in Excel

Let’s assume you have a column full of numbers, as shown in Figure 1 below. Let's say you need to visually group the Quantity column into 4 groups or ranges as [...]

Apr 07, 2021

Copy visible cells only in Excel

I am often asked why it is that sometimes when you copy and paste a filtered or subtotaled range of cells in Microsoft Excel, they expand and paste even the hidden [...]

Mar 31, 2021

How to create custom lists in Excel

Did you know that Microsoft Excel is very smart? If you type the name of the month (e.g. January), it knows automatically what comes next in the series so that if you [...]

Mar 24, 2021

Join text without using the Concatenate function in Excel 2013

Excel 2013 has a new feature called Flash Fill. This feature will allow you to join text strings from different cells very quickly without using the Concatenate [...]

Feb 03, 2021

Reverse engineering a nested formula in Excel

Sometimes, understanding how a nested formula in Microsoft Excel calculates the final result is difficult because there are several intermediate calculations and logical [...]

Jan 27, 2021

Three really handy Excel keyboard shortcuts

Here are three keyboard shortcuts I find really handy in Microsoft Excel. These shortcuts each do something very useful they and are often hard to achieve using the [...]

Dec 02, 2020

Using the 'Flash Fill' feature to apply the desired formatting in Excel 2013

Excel 2013 has the wonderful new feature called Flash Fill. This feature allows the user to split and combine text string as well as format the split or combined text [...]

Nov 24, 2020

Comparing and combining two lists using VLOOKUPs

You may remember that in my last blog post, I talked about how to do a VLOOKUP in Microsoft Excel. Today, we are going to use VLOOKUPS to compare and combine two lists [...]

Nov 14, 2020

Charts that aren't charts

In Microsoft Excel, there are a couple of ways to create a 'chart that isn't a chart.' Each produces a graphical representation of data, but using different [...]

Oct 31, 2020

Doing a VLOOKUP that finds exactly what you want

A VLOOKUP in Microsoft Excel looks up and finds a piece of information in a list, a list like the one below: The V in VLOOKUP stands for vertical because you are [...]

Sep 26, 2020

Dynamic charts in Microsoft Excel

Charts in Microsoft Excel are a great way of representing data graphically, but sometimes that data is subject to change and when it does change, we need our charts to [...]

Sep 22, 2020

All about autofill in Microsoft Excel

You all agree that Microsoft Excel’s Autofill feature is one of the most popular and versatile features in Excel, however not a lot of people know about its full [...]

Sep 04, 2020

Create an advanced filter in Excel

Filtering is a common task in Microsoft Excel and the normal filtering (the ‘autofilter’) can do quite a lot of what you will need. However, there are some filters that [...]

Jun 12, 2020

Pinpoint your 3D chart's data points with drop lines in Excel

One of the frustrating things I find about Microsoft Excel, particularly when you're producing a chart, is the huge quantity of formatting options that are available. [...]

May 19, 2021

Use slicers to filter table data in Microsoft Excel

Slicers were first introduced in Excel 2010 and gave us a nice easy way of filtering PivotTable data. Instead of the typical drop-down list filtering in Excel, slicers [...]

Mar 27, 2021

How to convert text to columns in Microsoft Excel

Have you ever needed to sort or filter data in Microsoft Excel but couldn't because the data have been combined into a single column rather than multiple columns? A [...]

Nov 11, 2020

What's New in Excel 2013?

Are you considering upgrading to Microsoft Excel 2013? Are you interested in exploring its new, time-saving features? We have taken a closer look at the newest [...]

Sep 20, 2020

Getting started with data mining in SQL Server

As database professionals, we typically work in a field of exact science. For example, a common practice in business intelligence (BI) solutions is creating duplicate [...]

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