Category Archives: Excel Tips

Calculating CAGR with Goal Seek in #Excel

when the starting point is a negative number… Calculating CAGR is not difficult, all we need is the starting value, ending value and the number of periods.¬† Then we use the formula: CAGR = (Ending Value / Beginning Value ) … Continue reading

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Adding worksheet background in #Excel

How to add worksheet background in #Excel? If there is a secret recipe for an interesting Excel training, it would probably be starting with something interesting… ūüôā So in a recent in-house training, I’ve prepared a special Sheet1 in the … Continue reading

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Same day last year…

Avoid Overthinking Getting same day of last year using Excel formula In retail, it’s very common to compare sales of same day, not same date, of last year.¬† If you are not in retail sector, you may wonder what is … Continue reading

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Creating % of Total, Running Total in a few clicks with #Excel Quick Analysis

This post is about showing you how to perform a¬†common task of adding a column of % of Total Running Total with Quick Analysis in Excel 2013 or later. Latest Excel makes things easier, just that you may not be … Continue reading

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VBA to make selected sheets “Very Hidden” in #Excel

VBA to make selected sheets “Very Hidden”; ¬†all sheets visible Weeks ago, I showed the way to unhide a very hidden sheet in #Excel via Visual Basic editor (VBE). ¬†You may refer to that post HERE. ¬†Technically we could follow … Continue reading

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Save a Read Only copy

When we have created a wonderful #Excel template that is to be shared with others, we don’t want users to distort, if not destroy, the template someday. ¬†Nevertheless we would like to leave as much “flexibility” as possible to users … Continue reading

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Hide and Seek – External Links in #Excel

The haunted External Links that won’t go away… Have you ever bothered by this never-go-away warning message? You’d searched all worksheets (visible or hidden and very hidden too) in order to locate the external links and remove them.¬† Somehow, you … Continue reading

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Hide and Seek – #Excel Worksheet

How to unhide a very hidden worksheet? Situation: You see in the formula bar that the cell is referred to a worksheet called “VeryHidden”.¬† However you don’t see it on the sheet tab. Naturally you right-click on a sheet tab … Continue reading

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Hide and Seek – #Excel Workbook

Have you ever had this experience with #Excel?¬† Someone sent you a workbook that is empty!¬† What I mean empty here is not that there is no content in the workbook.¬† You know that there are lots of data in … Continue reading

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Hide and Seek – Column A

Cannot unhide column A? I know… it sounds another silly thing in #Excel.¬† But I do believe many novice users have had this experience before.¬† If you were one of them, you would know how frustrating that would be.¬† I … Continue reading

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Has Space or NoSpace in worksheet name?

Have you received workbook from others that carries underscore _¬†as if a space in their worksheet names?¬† Did you wonder why people use underscore¬†when we can actually use space in worksheet name? Well… did¬†you know… long long time ago, #Excel … Continue reading

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The making of an interactive CV in #Excel

What to do with Linked Picture to create something interesting in #Excel? How about an Interactive CV to show off your Excel skills!? First, why? Once upon a time when I updated my CV, I was thinking… Everyone states something … Continue reading

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How to lookup an image in #Excel

Lookup an image using “Linked Picture” in #Excel Perhaps you have used VLOOKUP to return a value from a table very often.¬† However you cannot use VLOOKUP to return an image…¬† So how the above can be done?¬† You will … Continue reading

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#Excel Online Survey… Never heard about that!?

How to create an online survey with #Excel? Did you know that we can conduct online survey by using Excel?¬† Yes, you heard me right.¬† I said: Excel!¬† I am not talking about setting up questionnaire in Excel and then … Continue reading

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#,##0, k or #,##0.0, k ? Why not both?

Conditional Custom Formatting in #Excel Got the following question: This gives me ¬£28.8 K (if 28800 is input) and ¬£28.0 K if 28000 is input. I was rather hoping that if there was no decimal after the thousand, ie ¬£28 … Continue reading

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Get a list of pending tasks and sort by due dates

A common task – Get and sort a list of tasks that are not yet due according to due dates Got the following question: Suppose on column A I have entries and on column B i have due dates for … Continue reading

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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 ‚Ästquickly 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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