Show or Hide Data and Charts with Dynamic Excel Reports

Excel , Reporting , VBA

With a few simple lines of Excel VBA your static Excel reports can become dynamic. A single click shows or hides charts, objects, or rows and columns. Dynamic Excel reports give your users the ability to show or hide specific parts of reports, such as selected sales regions or to expand a table to show […]

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Bet You Don’t Know the Difference! Goals or Objectives? Mission Statements or Vision Statements?

SMART Goals , Strategy

If your meetings use terms like vision and mission, goals and objectives, and strategy and tactic, then I bet you some people are using these words wrong. That can throw off your meeting and you will end up with mixed messages in your end product. Do You Know the Difference? Goal, Strategy, Objective, Tactic Forbes, […]

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SMART Goals (Really SMART Objectives)

SMART Goals , Time Management and Personal Productivity

You hear the term “SMART Goals” as a reminder of how to create clear, well-defined, and easy to communicate. (If you want to read why these are really SMART Objectives, click here.) SMART stands for, Specific Why? (purpose) What? (needs to be done) Who? (is going to do it) Where? (location and resources) Measurable Recordable […]

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Top 29 Pivot Table Tips

Excel , Pivot Table and PowerPivot , Top Tips

It is easy to say that Pivot Tables and Power Pivot are the two most powerful features in Excel. I don’t mean time saving as with Excel VBA macros, but rather they are powerful because the decisions made from Pivot Table (and Power Pivot) results drive key business decisions. I’ve built tons of Pivot Tables […]

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Speedup Excel VBA Macros with Protect UserInterFaceOnly

Excel , VBA

Many Excel macros run on protected worksheets. If you use the little piece of VBA code in this article they will run a lot faster. Let me give you an example. I just finished a very robust Return on Investment calculator that has seven sheets of data entry, revenue forecasts, and output reports. It uses […]

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Speedup Excel Performance


Regain faster performance with Excel 2013 (or newer versions) by turning off spreadsheet animation. Excel 2013 and newer versions use animation to make cell movements, filling cells, and even recalculation look smooth and fluid. For example, with animation filling a column with numbers makes the numbers appear to flow down the column. With animation on […]

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Download the Top 25 Dashboard Design Tips Sheet PDF

Dashboards , Excel , Top Tips

A lot of readers were interested in the Top 25 Best Dashboard Design Tips article. It had the second highest newsletter readership. To make it easier to access these tips when you design dashboards, just click here to download a PDF with links, Top 25 Best Dashboard Design tip sheet. Keep it in your “Best Practices” […]

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Top 25 Tips on Excel Dashboards

Dashboards , Excel , Top Tips

This is a collection of tips that will help you create powerful Excel dashboards. This ranked list started by collecting the top Excel dashboard tips from multiple search engine pages. After aggregated the tips I ranked them for usefulness based on 30 years of experience developing Excel dashboards and strategic performance projects. 1. Talk to Users. Build […]

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Would You Like to Spy on Your Neighbor’s Dashboards? Here’s How.

Dashboards , Excel

Have you ever wanted to see how others have designed a dashboard? Or what another organization’s Balanced Scorecard looks like? Come on. I know you have. Why learn things from scratch when you can stand on the shoulders of other good ideas. Seeing how others approach a problem can show you where you forgot something […]

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Do You Set Up Your Teams for Checklist Failure? 6 Steps to Checklist Success

Checklist , Personal Productivity , Time Management and Personal Productivity

Checklists reduce death rates in hospitals by almost half, yet most hospitals fail when trying to use them. You might not be working in a hospital, but what they leaned will improve your teams… In any given surgical procedure, the number of steps and procedures that must be followed exactly can be huge. The chances […]

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