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Use apply names to create readable formulas [quick tip]

Use apply names to create readable formulas [quick tip]

We all know that using named ranges is a good practice. So you went ahead and created names for every value in your complex workbook. But now, what about those formulas which still refer to cells by their addresses? Here is a quick tip to make your formulas readable by replacing cell addresses with the names in one go.

Use Apply Names feature.

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Conditionally Format Chart Backgrounds

Conditionally Format Chart Backgrounds

Learn two techniques to conditionally format the background of a chart based on some external value.

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Formatting shortcuts for keyboard junkies

Formatting shortcuts for keyboard junkies

A lot of analysts swear strong allegiance to keyboard shortcuts. But when it comes to formatting a spreadsheet, these shortcuts go for a toss as formatting is a mouse-heavy activity.

But we can use a few simple & effective shortcuts to zip through various day to day formatting tasks. Let me share my favorite formatting shortcuts.

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Share your favorite Excel tip & you could win Beats Headphones [Podcast Anniversary Celebrations]

Yay, bring out the birthday hats, candles, cake & confetti. Chandoo.org podcast is 1 year old.

In this one year, we had 31 sessions, 4 guest appearances, 390,000 downloads & lots of 5 star reviews. Thank you so much for making it a grand success so far.

To celebrate the occasion, I want to reward 3 lucky listeners of our podcast.

How to participate in this contest?

  1. Simple. Figure out what your favorite Excel tip is.
  2. Open your smart phone’s voice recorder app
    1. on iPhone use the Voice Memos app
    2. on Andriod use sVoice or voice recorder widgets
    3. If you cant find these apps, just Google record audio <your phone name>
  3. Record the tip (less than 3 mins duration)
  4. Please say your name at the end of recording.
  5. Send the audio file by email to hello@chandoo.org
  6. Do so before end of day 16 March 2015 (Monday)

Once I collect all the tips, I will feature some of them in next episode of Chandoo.org podcast.

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Check if 2 ranges have same values (set equality problem)

Check if 2 ranges have same values (set equality problem)

Hello folks,

Time for another homework problem. Assuming you have 2 ranges of values like below, how do you check if both of them have same set of values?

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Celebrate Holi with this colorful Excel file

Celebrate Holi with this colorful Excel file

Today is Holi, the festival of colors in India. It is a fun festival where people smear each other with colors, water balloons, tomatoes and sometimes rotten eggs. This year we wanted to play with only water guns, but kids vetoed that idea vehemently. So we ended up driving to my sister-in-law’s place to play with colors (there were no rotten eggs or tomatoes, thankfully).

Let me smear a few colors on you

I would love to splash a jug full of color water on you and say Happy Holi. But the internets have not advanced thus far. So I am going to give you the next best option.

An Excel workbook to play holi

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CP031: Invisibility Tricks – How to make things disappear in Excel?

CP031: Invisibility Tricks – How to make things disappear in Excel?

In the 31st session of Chandoo.org podcast, let’s disappear.

What is in this session?

Spreadsheets are complex things. They have outputs, calculation tabs, inputs, VBA code, from controls, charts, pivot tables and occasional picture of hello kitty. But when it comes to making a workbook production ready, you may want to hide away few things so it looks tidy.

That is our topic for this podcast session.

In this podcast, you will learn

  • Quick announcements first anniversary of our podcast etc.
  • Hiding cells, rows, columns & sheets
  • Hiding chart data points
  • On/off effect with form controls, conditional formatting
  • Making objects, charts, pictures disappear
  • Disabling grid-lines, formula bar & headings
  • Hiding things in print
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