Category Archives: Excel Tips

Compare two #Excel workbooks for changes

In about 5 years ago when I was still using Excel 2010, I wrote a post Compare two documents for changes – Word and maybe Excel.  Lukas left a comment: In the Inquire Add-In you have the option to compare … Continue reading

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What-If analysis in #Excel – Part 2

Basic of Two way Data Table This is an extension of the post What-If analysis in #Excel. If you do not know about Goal Seek or One-Way Data Table, you may read Start the new decade with Goal Seek in #Excel and What-If … Continue reading

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What-If analysis in #Excel

Basic of One way Data Table This is an extension of the post Start the new decade with Goal Seek in #Excel.   In that post, we talked about using Goal Seek to find the initiate savings required to obtain a … Continue reading

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Start the new decade with Goal Seek in #Excel

Happy New Year of 2020!  Wish you all an Excellent year decade ahead! 😉 Have you made your new year resolutions? Or you are relying on Excel to set your goals of the year? Did you know that Excel has … Continue reading

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Insert Current Time or Today using #Excel functions or shortcuts

It’s not uncommon to insert a date stamp or time stamp on a spreadsheet.  We may use the following functions to get the results easily: =TODAY() ‘to get the date of today =NOW() ‘to get both the date of today … Continue reading

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Create in-cell chart with Sparklines in #Excel

🎵🎤Do you wanna build the Sparklines? Sparklines is not a new feature of Excel.  It was introduced in Excel 2010.  Yes, almost a decade ago.  But I am quite sure it’s still something new to a lot of regular Excel … Continue reading

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Create in-cell chart with Conditional Formatting in #Excel

Have you ever seen an Excel sheet with in-cell bars to visualize the data like the ones below, and wonder how they are made? Believe it or not, you can do it in one less than a minute with Conditional … Continue reading

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The power of Dynamic Arrays in #Excel 365

… in creating dynamic drop-down with conditions Making a dynamic drop-down list is not difficult.  It may require multiple steps, helper formula and/or helper tables though.  And the number of helper tables depends on the complexity of the requirement.  I … Continue reading

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Get a list of A to Z in #Excel

Have you ever tried to input “A” and then drag it down with a hope of getting a list of A to Z? If you tried (and without success), you may be wonder how I did it? You may find … Continue reading

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You think you know Copy and Paste in #Excel?

11 Excel Copy and Paste Tips and Tricks you should know Perhaps Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V are the pair of shortcuts you use on a daily basis.  And probably you learned that on the first day your learned Excel.  Nonetheless, do … Continue reading

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The proper way of copying worksheet in #Excel

It is not uncommon for people to copy entire worksheet to another sheet (be it on the same workbook, or another workbook, even a new workbook). Nevertheless, are we doing it the right way? Many people would do so by … Continue reading

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Copy chart formats to other charts in Excel

If you know Format Painter, the on top of your mind solution should be using Format Painter to copy Chart Formats to other charts.  However, it doesn’t work… 😦 No worries.  Copy and Paste comes to recuse!! Really?!

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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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