Category Archives: Excel Tips

SUMIF vs. GETPIVOTDATA in terms of performance in #Excel

Did you experience a slow workbook? How slow? Let’s say it takes more than 2 minutes to just open the file. This is actually what a colleague asked me for help. When I opened the workbook, I saw LOTS of … Continue reading

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The very hidden gem of AutoFilter in #Excel

Don’t get me wrong. I am not talking about the Filter button sitting on the Data Tab of ribbon, although they look almost exactly the same. I am pretty sure that most people who use Excel five days a week … Continue reading

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The proper way to filter values not equal to zero in #Excel

I didn’t think of blogging about this topic before. I thought that it is so straight-forward. Nevertheless, there is another way of doing so which is even more straight-forward BUT may give you unexpected results later on. And to my … Continue reading

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Reapply Filter in #Excel

Did you notice that there is a “Reapply” button next to Filter on the Data Tab of ribbon? And wondering what it does? 🤔 Indeed, the “Reapply” button is dim until you have applied filter to at least one column. … Continue reading

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Data Cleansing is never easy, even with #Excel Power Query

Don’t make me wrong. I am not complaining Power Query at all. If you have followed me for a while, you should know that I am a big fan of Power Query indeed. It is simply powerful! With Power Query, … Continue reading

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Filter: It’s easy and not easy

Applying filter in Excel is a very common task. We used to filter a dataset and focus on a subset of data that we are interested in. It is super easy to filter. The problem is, are you sure you … Continue reading

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Add emoji to your numbers 😁 in #Excel

Is it possible in #Excel? Of course, as you have just seen it! 😁 Indeed, it’s easier than you may have thought about. We can do it by custom format. First of all, select the cells that you want to … Continue reading

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Quick Tip – Close all #Excel workbooks at once

Have you ever had more than 10 workbooks opened at the same time? Did you spend too much time to close them all one by one? If so, you will love this simple trick to close all workbooks simultaneously! The … Continue reading

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Dense Ranking with Power Query – Unexpected Behavior and Workarounds

This post is inspired by the article – Dense Ranking in Power Query, written by PHILIP TREACY from myOnlineTraingHub. The first part of this post is a summary of what I read from Philip’s post. While the second part is … Continue reading

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Hide and Seek in #Excel – PivotTable Fields

Have you ever encountered a situation like this? How are we supposed to work with a PivotTable without seeing the data fields? I was so lost when I saw this from a workbook on my friend’s notebook. He came to … Continue reading

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Replace values in filtered ranges using Copy and Paste trick in #Excel

Situation: In a filtered range of data, we made few changes on the side. Then we want to replace the original values with the updated values. What action appear on top of your mind? Copy and Paste of course. But… … Continue reading

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Understanding Find and Replace in #Excel

Find and Replace is a very handy tool in Excel. It helps you to find a value quickly. You may then replace the value found with another value, either one by one or replace all at one batch. To use … Continue reading

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Quick Tip – Probably the quickest way to open txt file with #Excel

Are you tired of seeing the (Text Import) Wizard 🧙‍♂️ every time you open txt file with Excel? In this super short video, you will see probably the quickest way to open a txt file with Excel.  Enjoy! 😉

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Hide and Seek – Scroll Bars and Worksheet Tabs in #Excel

Did you encounter this?  All the worksheet tabs and scroll bars are gone in your Excel workbook!!! 🎶🎶 Tell me… how am I supposed to work without you…🎶🎶   No worries!  They are not gone.  They are just hidden (by … Continue reading

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Lovely stickers in #Excel 365

Do you use stickers when you use communication apps like WhatsApp?  I guess that’s almost a must-have features right now for communication apps. Would it be nice if you can use stickers in Excel too? Yes… you can, if you … Continue reading

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Hide and Seek – Formula Bar, Column and Row Headers

Have you ever experienced a shocking moment like this in #Excel? We are so getting used to see the formula bar, Column and Row headers that we take it for granted.  They should always be there for me…. aren’t they? … Continue reading

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Should I link to other workbooks…

…when writing #Excel formula Note: This post is not about “security” issue 🤷‍♂️   Is the following message familiar to you? I wonder… when you see this message, which button would you click?  Please let me know by leaving comments … Continue reading

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Quick tip – Zoom in and out of the #PowerQuery editor

In both #Excel and #PowerBI Did you know… we can ZOOM IN or zoom out everything but ribbon in the Power Query Editor in both Excel and Power BI Desktop… … by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+= CTRL+SHIFT+- respectively. The story behind the … Continue reading

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Replace blanks with zero in #Excel

Following the techniques used in the previous post , we can perform many Excel magics for different scenarios.  On top of my mind is to replace blank cells with zero.   The first task is to select all blank cells in … Continue reading

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Delete rows with empty cell(s) in #Excel

Guess what?  We are going to do it with a sequence of keyboard shortcuts only.  Believe it or not, it requires only 8 key strokes: Ctrl+A => Ctrl+G => Alt+S => k => Enter => Ctrl+- (minus sign) => r … Continue reading

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