Author Archives: MF

About MF

An Excel nerd who doesn’t work on Excel most of the time at current job...... 🤔 Recently in love with Power Query and Power BI.😍 Keep learning new Excel and Power BI stuffs and be amazed by all the new discoveries.

Four Text to Columns tricks you cannot miss in Excel

Have your heard about “Text to Columns”?  A big icon grouped into Data Tools of Data Tab of Excel?  Be your answer Yes or No, you do not want to miss the following tricks that may help you transform data … Continue reading

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Multiple short videos about using Fill in #Excel

If you have followed my blog for a while, you should know that I have created my YouTube channel recently.   And a playlist – Excel Magic in One Minute was created in early June this year.  So far, I’ve created 25 videos in … Continue reading

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Free Excel Dashboard Webinars you should not miss

Have you ever had an Excel moment like this? “My Excel reports take way too long to update each month/week” “I spend hours collating and cleaning data, updating formulas and charts and then no one reads my reports anyway, what’s … Continue reading

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[Guest Post] DRAW – The New Tab in Office 2019/365 for INKING

This is a guest post by Aprajita of ExcelChamps. Let me ask you something. Suppose you are presenting data to the management and suddenly an important point strikes your mind. Will you look around for a piece of paper and … Continue reading

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Interesting behavior of Copy and Paste

This sounds silly, I know.  To achieve what is stated in the above scenario, what we need to do is simply Select “January to March” from the slicer Copy the range C4:C9 Paste to C13 Then repeat the above steps … Continue reading

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Updates on Excel Magic in One Minute

Six weeks ago, I created my YouTube playlist – Excel Magic in One Minute. As of today, I’ve already published 17 videos to the playlist.  Meaning 2-3 videos per week.  Not too bad as a weekend YouTuber (newbie), I guess. … Continue reading

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Do your random numbers stay the same when you copy and paste in Excel?

This is an extension of my previous post – Freeze a random result with mouse trick. In my experience using Excel, from Excel 2000 to 2010, and recently 365 (I’d never used Excel 2013 though), I have experienced the same strange … Continue reading

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Freeze a random result with mouse trick

Perhaps you have tried to use Excel to generate a random number for a lucky draw. That is easy.  For example, if you want to generate a random number, you can use the function RANDBETWEEN. =RANDBETWEEN(1,1000) This will give you … Continue reading

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How to sort bar chart in descending order?

Sound like a silly question, but it is a bit confusing indeed. One day, a friend asked me how to sort a bar chart in descending order.  I told her to sort the data. She replied: “I did.  The data … Continue reading

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Send a cell content to Google search

This is a continuation of previous post, in which I talked about the potential use of Smart Lookup for an Excel  dashboard.  However there is limitation.  It drove me to think of an alternative. Instead of asking user to trigger Smart … Continue reading

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Smart Lookup in #Excel 2016 or later

Have your heard of Smart Lookup?  Don’t confuse it with Excel Functions.  It is nothing related to formula writing in Excel.  Simply consider it is a web search engine (Bing) embedded in Excel. Watch it in action, and you will … Continue reading

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Excel Magic in One Minute

Last Friday was a public holiday in Hong Kong.  Yes, a long weekend!  Guess what I dd over the long weekend?  I’ve created a playlist – “Excel Magic in One Minute” on my YouTube Channel. The name says it all … Continue reading

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Apply Conditional Format for alternate row color based on groups…

…that works even when filter is applied. The situation: We have a table that we would like to apply color banding based on groups.  We can achieve this by inserting a helper column to identify the sequence of each group, … Continue reading

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Unstack uneven data across columns with #Excel #PowerQuery

This is a continuation of the previous post, in which I showed you how to unstack two columns of data by using Pivot Table as a helper, and together with a couple of excel tricks.  As mentioned, that approach is only … Continue reading

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Unstack data across columns with #Excel Pivot Table

Another commonly seen problem in daily work.  Many hours are spent on reshaping data, we all know that.  Nevertheless, if you are good in Excel, doing this task is not difficult at all.   Indeed, there are many ways to solve … Continue reading

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Waterfall chart is just a few clicks away with #Excel 2016

Did you know, you can plot a Waterfall chart in #Excel in less than a minute…Provided that you are using Excel 2016 or later! 🙂 No Kidding! You may download a Sample File to follow along.

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Split cell contents separated by line feed into rows with #Excel #PowerQuery – Part 2

Last week, I showed you how to split cell contents separated by line feed into rows with Power Query.  That was easy when we are dealing with only one column.  If you don’t know how, you may read the post … Continue reading

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Free Excel Dashboard Webinars by Mynda Treacy

If you’ve ever felt like: “My Excel reports take way too long to update each month/week” “I spend hours collating and cleaning data, updating formulas and charts and then no one reads my reports anyway, what’s the point?” “If I … Continue reading

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Split cell contents separated by line feed into rows with #Excel #PowerQuery

After an in-house training, a colleague came to me and asked if there is a way to do the following: The problem here is the contents in cells are separated by a line feed (line break).  A cell may contain … Continue reading

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Identify missing files in a folder with Power Query

It is a common task to compare two lists in Excel.  This can be achieved with MATCH function.  But what if you want to compare a list of filenames stored in your spreadsheet, with the files you’ve got in a … Continue reading

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