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Category Archives: Excel Basic
Do you input a hyphen to represent zero? If you do, please stop doing so in the future. The proper way of displaying “-” for zero is to apply relevant cell format to it. E.g. Using Accounting format with no … Continue reading
It is something basic and commonly seen. Nonetheless, it is really important to understand the different behaviors between a number, and a number stored as text, especially if you want to move forward to write effective formula. This post is intended … Continue reading
Let’s bring the Excel file from stone age back to modern world. A few years ago, my company switched from Office 2003 to Office 2007. I was one of the very few who felt excited about the change. On the … Continue reading
Sorting is easy, when the orientation of data is vertical. Although we are expecting data in a vertical layout, it is not uncommon that we still encounter data in a horizontal layout in real world. Don’t you? With data in a row, … Continue reading
One day, a friend asked me: “If she deletes contents from a filtered range, would she also delete the hidden content?” I answered: “Try and observe!” 😛 I know that is not the answer she expected. Nevertheless, I believe that … Continue reading
The custom format to show number in thousand or in million is simple: #,##0,“k” #,##0,,“M” The “k” or “M” is optional, depend on whether you want to show it in the header or in the figure itself. The trick is … Continue reading
In previous posts, what do we need to know about inputting date in Excel was discussed. Suggested solutions for fixing trouble dates were also given. But WHY having date input correctly in Excel is so important? Why should we care? Answer: It’s … Continue reading
When you type “1/5/2015” into Excel, do you know whether it is “1st of May, 2015” or “5th of January, 2015”? The answer: It depends! Depends on what?
Although they sound like basic questions, I am quite surprised that many colleagues are not aware of the different ways to input date in Excel “correctly”. I would like to understand the situation of other Excel users by putting a poll … Continue reading
Do you have a habit of right-click a cell and Delete it rather than pressing the “Delete” button on keyboard? If you do have this habit, I guess you possibly are frustrated by the following experience before:
“I started a new workbook. Worked so hard to create a report from scratch. Meanwhile I opened many other workbooks to get the data I needed. Then I realized that too many workbooks were opened. I closed some of them … Continue reading
is to know where are the old menus and toolbar icons!!! I guess there are still a lot of of Excel 2003 users in Hong Kong, mainly in workplaces. No idea if it is also common in other cities. There are … Continue reading
This above video was made just recently. You may read this post to understand more. Note: Please turn on CC for English subtitles. Hidden rows cannot be unhidden? Why? Although today is April Fools’ Day and the question sounds like … Continue reading
+ – x / would be the four basic operators you learned in Excel basic. When you learned to use SUM instead of +, did you ask yourself or your teacher why? 1) SUM is much easier to input and … Continue reading
How to view different worksheets of the same workbook side by side? It’s quite normal to have two workbooks opened; and more than common to view the two workbooks side by side:
Have you ever thought of how nice would it be if you can navigate cell in a “Z” direction?
Christmas is all around. Perhaps you are busy with decorating your Christmas tree with lots of joy. However it’s no joy to decorate your Excel worksheets in your daily work. It could be really time-consuming to apply the same set … Continue reading
One day, a colleague suddenly asked me: “do you know where I saved this file?” by showing me her monitor with the file opened… Well, the first thing came to my mind was…… well……, input this formula in any blank … Continue reading