Category Archives: Excel Tips

Repeat all item labels in Pivot Table (aka Fill in the blanks please)

Quite a long time ago, I wrote a post Fill in the blanks – quickly to talk about the tip to turn a human-reading-freindly table into an Excel-friendly table, as shown below: Have you ever thought about why we are doing … Continue reading

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Extract part of text string with delimiter(s)… and more with Text to Columns

In the previous post, we talked about the basic of Text to Columns and focused on “Fixed width”.  In this post, we will continue to talk about three magical things that Text to Columns could do with ease: Extract part … Continue reading

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Extract part of a text string using Text to Columns

There are many not-so-easily-understood terms in Excel. “Text to Columns” should be one of them.  Probably due to the name of it, Text to Columns is not a common tool for many Excel users.  But indeed, if you know what … Continue reading

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Data Validation to restrict user from inputting to future days

The situation We need to input certain data on a daily basis.  For example, daily sales.  That is supposed to be an easy and routine task for many people.  BUT… it happened that we still have a chance to input … 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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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 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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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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Adding bullet to each line in cell

Does it sound familiar to you? Are you using Excel as word processing tool? If you have experienced the task shown above, you should know how tedious and time-consuming it could be as you cannot convert each line into bullet … Continue reading

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Quick Tip: Undo the “Undo”

Undo the “Undo”?  This sounds silly, I know.  But silly things happen (frequently). 🙂 If you undo a step, you cannot undo the undo by applying another undo.   (Because Excel allows 16 undos by default, although you can modify this … Continue reading

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Remove hidden sheets with “Inspect Document” or VBA

This post is an extension of the previous one – we talked about hiding worksheets is not a good way to prevent others from seeing the data on hidden sheets.  Since you have read that post, you decided to remove all … Continue reading

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Copy and Paste can do so much…

Answer to the 5 little Tips (tests) – Part 5/5 The task: To sort the following dates in descending order.  Sound silly but… The first thing you would probably do is to go to Data tab and then click the Sort Z to A icon? … Continue reading

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Go to Special + Copy and Paste do the magic

Answer to the 5 little Tips (tests) – Part 4/5 The task: To convert “1” to “Tick” in a table like the following one: Answer:  Copy and Paste with a simple trick … What? Not Find and Replace?  Yes, you may do it by using … Continue reading

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Paste special with simple mathematic operation + – * /

Answer to the 5 little Tips (tests) – Part 3/5 The task: Doing simple calculation (add, subtract, multiply, divide) without formula Answer:  Copy and Paste Special…

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Fill so good…

Answer to the 5 little Tips (tests) – Part 2/5 Fill a series (of sequential numbers) The task: Fill a big series of sequential number, say from 1 to 24567. Answer:  You may find the answer to the question in this post:  Fill … Continue reading

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Transpose Data (Static and Linked)

Answer to the 5 little Tricks posted in the beginning of the year – Part 1/5 Transpose Data – Result is static This is actually a simple trick of using Copy and Paster (Special, Transpose).  See? It can be done in a … Continue reading

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