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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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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… 🙂 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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