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Ok, let us talk about this week’s excel links:
More Data Validation Goodness: Dynamic Ranges in Validation Lists
The problem: Validating data entry based on hierarchical (parent child) data. The example used is regions and countries but it could be countries and cities, product categories and sub-categories, class and student name, etc. You want to enter a region from a list of regions and in the next cell you want to select a country but only from the countries which belong to that region. How do you define the list of countries to validate against? The trick is basing the country validation list on an expression which will point to a different range based on the region value.
Do you save a lot of bookmarks on delicious? Well, then this excel file can help you get a backup of all the bookmarks. It uses delicious api to fetch the bookmarks.
When you enter a value like DEC-10 in an excel cell, it is automatically converted to date value. This can be a big problem if you want to use values like DEC-10 in a spreadsheet. Here is a simple workaround. First select the columns or rows where you want to enter values and press CTRL+1. Set the format from “Number” to “Text”. If only the genetic researchers used this little trick, it would have saved them lot of time.
While the Concat VBA Function I have written can be used to concatenate a range of cells (along with a custom delimiter), it doesn’t accept arrays or multiple ranges as inputs. Chip Pearson has the perfect solution for you if you are looking for a string concatenation function that is more robust.
Seth Godin pronounces 2 simple elements of a great presentation. We are all in the business of telling stories. Right from the moment we tell our story to the recruiter to the meeting you just attended, it is all about telling stories. And knowing how to present your ideas is very important. So …
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