Category Archives for "Excel"

Use an Excel-Based Decision Matrix for Critical Decisions

Decision Making , Excel

Prioritizing, justifying, and documenting decisions are easier when you use an Excel-based decision matrix. However, there are a few rules that will make this work better for you. For clarity, this description and the downloadable Excel sheet show a set of prioritized projects. You can use this method to prioritizing or deciding between many types […]

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Top 26 Best Excel Conditional Formatting Tips and Tutorial

Excel , Formatting , Top Tips

Conditional formatting in Excel applies formatting to cells when the cell’s content meets specific conditions, such as the content being greater than a number you specify. These top 26 best tips on Excel conditional formatting begin with the basics tips and progress to advanced tips, like using conditional formatting to find errors, using wildcard matches […]

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Top 16 Best Excel Function and Formula Tips Every Excel User Should Know

Excel , Formulas , Functions , Top Tips

These are the top 16 Excel function and formula tips every Excel user at any level of experience should know. Even “experts” can learn new tricks or combine old tricks to work faster and more efficiently. As you scan these tips keep a “beginner’s mind.” A beginner’s mind helps you see new opportunities and insights. […]

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Top 23 Excel Formatting Tips

Excel , Formatting , Top Tips

These are the top 23 best tips on Excel formatting taken from research on top-ranked Excel websites and judged by 30 years of using Excel (back when it came on about 14 diskettes). Even if you consider yourself an Excel expert, you should keep a “beginner’s mind” as you scan this list of 23 Excel […]

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Top 21 VLOOKUP Tips and Tricks

Excel , Formulas , Functions , Top Tips

Use VLOOKUP to find and retrieve data from an Excel list. This list of the top 21 best VLOOKUP tips will take you from novice to master in retrieving data from Excel lists. You can use VLOOKUP to, Look up prices, names, or regions from a list Use one item to find related items in […]

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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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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

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

Excel

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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