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Lookup a specific combination of characters exclusively, e.g. 5A not 5AA

Got the following question: hi, how do i search for a specific combination of characters exclusively i.e. if one cell contains 5A;3B&4C while another cell contains 5AA;3B&4C, and my search criteria is 5A, i want the results to return only … Continue reading

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The Clipboard can be useful occasionally…

According to study (which was conducted in a totally unscientific way with zero level of confidence…, i.e. my gut feeling), 100% of Excel users use Copy and Paste every time they work with Excel. 🙂  However, 99.99999% of them never … Continue reading

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Free Template – Working Calendar

Today, I celebrate wmfexcel.com (aka BeExcellence) reaching One Million views by…  not going to work (because typhoon is hitting HK).  😉 Thank you very much for visiting my blog in the past.  Every single visit and page view from you constitutes my … Continue reading

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Using MIN/MAX to answer whichever lower/higher questions

What is “Whichever higher”? Situation: You call to your favourite restaurant to reserve a private room for family dinner on Saturday.  The restaurant manager tells you that there will be a minimum charge of $2000 for a private room.   That mean, … Continue reading

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wmfexcel (aka BeExcellence) is now multilingual

<Note: There is no Excel tip in this post.>  🙂 Multilingual?? Really??  Not exactly. The fact is I’ve just added a widget to the side bar on the right:

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Filter a list of items from a long long list

A simple but practical tip of using Advanced Filter I came across a blogpost from Jon of Excel Campus (one of my favorite Excel sites) last week.  In his post, he showed how to filter for a list of items using a reverse … Continue reading

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Interactive Chart is not difficult to make – Part 3/3

Using Option Button to display different items on chart So far, we have made an interactive chart with check box to highlight items with negative growth; with scroll bar to see more items in a confined space.  In this post, … Continue reading

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Interactive Chart is not difficult to make – Part 2/3

Using Scroll Bar to show more This is an extension of the previous post – Using Checkbox to highlight negative growth in a bar chart.  In that post, we had created a chart showing top 10 items, which allowed user … Continue reading

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Interactive Chart is not difficult to make – Part 1/3

Using Checkbox to highlight negative growth in a bar chart In previous post, we talked about the basic of Form Controls.  I hope you had time to practice it and found useful way of building interactivity to your spreadsheet. In … Continue reading

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The awesome Dashboard course by Mynda is closing

Hurry, Last Chance for Free Dashboard Webinars & Course Just a quick reminder that registration for the awesome Excel Dashboard and Power BI courses, by Mynda Treacy closes on Thursday July 13, 8pm in Los Angeles, to be exact. Learn … Continue reading

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Excel Humor #11 – CEO

A lazy Sunday in summer… let’s have some Excel humor. 🙂

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Are you ready to turn boring Excel reports to Business Intelligence?

Well, I know.  You may have read similar topics before in my blog.   You are now seeing it again because the awesome Excel Dashboard Course by Mynda Treacy is now open.  What’s more exciting?   Mynda puts her popular courses “Excel … Continue reading

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The basic of Form Controls

Want to work like an Excel Pro?  Learn more about Form Controls. Have you seen someone using Check box, Option Buttons, Scroll Bars on their worksheets and be impressed?  You may wonder how they made it and think that is … Continue reading

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Excel Humor #10 – WannaCry moments in Excel

      There must been many others.  Please share in comments. 🙂

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The amazing SUMPRODUCT

Advanced use of SUMPRODUCT for multi-conditional SUM In the previous posts, we talked about the basic of SUMPRODUCT, the behaviors of logical  values (i.e. TRUE/FALSE) when they are put into basic mathematics operations.  These set the foundation to understand the … Continue reading

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The logic gate

Have you heard about Logic Gate?  I learned logic gate in high school physics.  Decades ago… so don’t expect I can remember what it is.  😛 Having said that, I do remember the fundamental concept about AND gate and OR gate, … Continue reading

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SUM the PRODUCTs or SUMPRODUCT? That’s the question.

The basic of SUMPRODUCT Suppose we have a column showing retail price of different items; another column showing the units sold (illustrated above).  To get the total sales, most people will deploy a helper column to get the sales of each … Continue reading

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CrossTab SUM with 3 variables

This post is trying to answer a question by Laura in the post of 2D SUMIF with two variables – one on column and one on row. Here’s part of the question: ……I want to look up the department in the vertical … Continue reading

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Sort Warning?!

Sorting is one of the basic features in Excel.  I believe most Excel users, if not all, know how to sort in Excel.  Without any scientific research, I think most users would click the “Sort A to Z” (ascending order) … Continue reading

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[Guest Post] 5 things you should start doing with Power Query

This is a guest post by Puneet Gogia. Power Query is a revolution. It’s a (part of a) complete self-service BI tool which can help you in importing, connecting, shaping, cleaning and sharing your data with little efforts. It has … Continue reading

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