Category Archives: Excel Tips

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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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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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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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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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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Quick Tip – #Excel AutoSum

While SUMMING data is probably the most common task in Excel, I am surprised that many people are not aware of this Excel feature – AutoSum.  It is super handy especially when you know the shortcut of it, which is … Continue reading

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#Excel Add current selection to filter. What it does?

Get multiple filter criteria with Excel Auto-Filter This post is in response to the following Mr.Excel video where Mr. Excel Bill Jelen solved the problem with Advanced Filter. Indeed I got a similar question from a colleague recently for filtering … Continue reading

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#Excel Flash Fill in action with 16 examples

Flash Fill was introduced in Excel 2013.  After 6 years, it is still a hidden gem of modern Excel that most regular Excel users do not even know its existence.  Whenever I show to my colleagues what Flash Fill is … Continue reading

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Did you know… there are many nice Excel Templates readily available?

Did you know that there are many nice Excel Templates readily for usage? Next time when you start a New workbook, browse or even search for a template that suits your need. Or you may start from a template. Why re-invent a wheel? Continue reading

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Hard-coded range expands automatically with #Excel Table

The INDIRECT trick of using Structured Reference in Conditional Formatting   Is it a feature or a bug? This is an extension of the previous post, in which we discussed the use of INDIRECT trick to deal with Excel Table in Conditional … Continue reading

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The INDIRECT trick of using Structured Reference in Conditional Formatting

When setting up conditions for Conditional Formatting in Excel, have you ever tried to set a formula that refers to a Excel Table, but failed?

First of all, why we want to refer to Excel Table in Conditional Formatting? There is one simple answer: To accept new data automatically. 
To use Structure Reference in Conditional Formatting, we need an INDIRECT approach which is discussed here. Continue reading

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Highlighting Top X values with Icon Set in #Excel

This post is a continuation of the previous one – Highlighting Top X values with Conditional Formatting in #Excel So I will go straight to the point.  For background information, please read the previous post. 🙂 To insert Icon Set Select … Continue reading

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Highlighting Top X values with Conditional Formatting in #Excel

Well… think this topic is too simple?  How about doing this with a dropdown menu to make the Top X a dynamic one? with Icon Set? You may download a Sample File to follow along. Let’s start with the basics … Continue reading

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Customize Alt 1 to 4 to become the favorite #Excel shortcuts of your own

When talking about keyboard shortcuts, there is always discussion on what’s the most time-saving shortcuts, what are the top X shortcuts you should learn, what is the most frequently used shortcuts, etc… Just to name a few, Ctrl+S to save, … Continue reading

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Using Skip blanks in Paste Special

What the Skip blanks does? Have you ever had this question?  From my experience, 99.9% users (I work with) have no idea what it is or even are not aware of that option in Paste Special. Are you one of … Continue reading

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Dynamic Shrinking Dropdown with Dynamic Arrays in #Excel 365

The recent HOT topics about Excel should be the new Dynamic Arrays!   After watching all the amazing demonstrations about the new Dynamic Arrays, I’ve decided to sign up to the Office Insider (Fast) programme (for Office 365 subscriber only).  … Continue reading

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Pinned Folder for #Excel 2016 – A workaround

Dear Excel 2016, you have made so many enhancements that help me a lot in work… but why you took away my favorite Pinned Folder by giving me a half page of white space? My workplace just got upgrade to … Continue reading

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