Archive for December, 2009

Best of Pointy Haired Dilbert – 2009

Published on Dec 30, 2009 in blogging, Learn Excel
Best of Pointy Haired Dilbert – 2009

Ah, you thought I will let you go to the next decade without a “year in review” post? No so fast my friend, not so fast.

[This post is a bit long by our standards, but full of gooey excel goodness. So get a cup of coffee or choco and get going]

And if you are in a rush, here is my wish – Happy New Year 2010 🙂

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Track Your Mutual Fund Portfolio using Excel [India Only]

Published on Dec 28, 2009 in excel apps, personal finance
Track Your Mutual Fund Portfolio using Excel [India Only]

Excel is very good for keeping track of your investments. Due to its grid nature, you can easily create a table of all the mutual fund holdings and monitor the latest NAVs (Net Asset Values) to see how your investments are doing. A while back we have posted a file on tracking mutual funds using excel. Today we are going to release an upgrade for that file.

Read the rest of this post to understand how this template works and download the free template.

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How to Find Dates of Public Holidays using Excel

Published on Dec 24, 2009 in Learn Excel
How to Find Dates of Public Holidays using Excel

Lets celebrate these holidays in PHD Style. By learning few excel formulas that you can use to find out dates for some of the popular public holidays like – labor day, memorial day etc. When is Labor Day (US) in 2010? Labor day (the US variant) is celebrated on first Monday of every September. It […]

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2010

Published on Dec 23, 2009 in blogging, personal
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2010

Christmas and New year have always been a magical time for us. Even though we end up being in 2 different countries for most of the Christmases, we always cherish the time. It has a special romantic significance too, I proposed to Jo shortly after new year in 2001 (and did it almost everyday until […]

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Print Worksheets in One Page Across [Quick Tips]

Published on Dec 22, 2009 in Excel Howtos
Print Worksheets in One Page Across [Quick Tips]

Have you ever wondered how to print excel sheets in one page across? so that when you print a large excel spreadsheet the output can be read one page after another. We can use the print settings in Excel to do this very easily. In this episode of quick tips we will learn how to do this with in 5 seconds.

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The 1000th Post

Published on Dec 21, 2009 in blogging, Excel Howtos
The 1000th Post

It is not everyday that a blog boasts of 1000th post. After blogging for 1999 days ie 5 years 5 months 24 days, finally, this is my thousandth post.

While this is not a real mile stone or anything, I want to use this post to say thanks. Without you, this mile stone means nothing to me. 🙂

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Best Charts to Compare Actual Values with Targets – What is your take?

Published on Dec 18, 2009 in Charts and Graphs, Featured
Best Charts to Compare Actual Values with Targets – What is your take?

Comparing values is one of the main reasons we make charts. Yesterday we have a post on using thermometer charts to quickly compare actual values with targets. Today we follow up the post with 10 charting ideas you can use to compare actual values with targets. Check out how bullet charts, thermometer charts, traffic lights, gauges, column charts, area charts can help you compare targets with actual performances. A review of best charting options when you need to compare.

Read the rest of the post to see the options and participate in poll.

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Make a Quick Thermometer Chart to Compare Targets and Actuals

Published on Dec 17, 2009 in Charts and Graphs
Make a Quick Thermometer Chart to Compare Targets and Actuals

Comparing values is one of the reasons why we make charts. So today I am going to teach you a handy little trick to make a thermometer like chart to compare targets with actuals. This type of chart is very useful when you have a bunch of sales targets and you want to measure how the performance has been.

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How to Print Excel Comments

Published on Dec 16, 2009 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
How to Print Excel Comments

We all know how to make comments on excel documents, just select the cell where you want a comment, press SHIFT+F2 and make the comment. But the comments are only visible when you open the workbook. What if you want to print out an excel file, but include all the comments as well?

Turns out you can do that with a hidden option in excel page setup.

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How to hide “0” in chart axis [quick tip]

Published on Dec 14, 2009 in Charts and Graphs, Excel Howtos
How to hide “0” in chart axis [quick tip]

Have you ever wondered how you can hide that 0 (zero) at axis bottom? Like shown beside. You can use custom cell formatting codes (or custom number formatting codes) to do just that. Just go to axis formatting and from the number tab set the axis number format to something like #,##0;-#,##0;; Read the rest of the post to learn more.

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2010 Calendar – Excel Template [Downloads]

Published on Dec 11, 2009 in excel apps, Featured, Learn Excel
2010 Calendar – Excel Template [Downloads]

Here is a 2010 new year gift to all our readers – a free 2010 calendar excel file (a little secret: just change the year in “outline” sheet from 2010 to 2011, to get the next years calendar. It works all the way up to year 9999). You can even get a Printable PDF Calendar. There are 14 different sheets in the calendar file. First one is an outline calendar for the entire year. The next 12 are monthly calendars. And the last sheet shows a mini-calendar for the year 2010.

Read the rest of this post to know more and download the calendar.

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Use CTRL+F1 to collapse ribbon [super-mini-quick-tip]

Published on Dec 9, 2009 in Learn Excel
Use CTRL+F1 to collapse ribbon [super-mini-quick-tip]

In office 2007 (and 2010) you can immediately collapse the ribbon by pressing CTRL+F1. Thanks to Loranga for sharing this tip. More ribbon goodness | Free e-book to learn Excel Ribbon

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How to pick a random date? [Formulas]

Published on Dec 8, 2009 in Excel Howtos
How to pick a random date? [Formulas]

Often when you need to generate a sample from large data set, you may want to pick data from a random date. In such cases, you can use excel’s RAND() and RANDBETWEEN() formulas to pick a random date. Here I have included few examples,

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Christmas Gift List – Set your budget and track gifts using Excel

Published on Dec 7, 2009 in excel apps, Learn Excel
Christmas Gift List – Set your budget and track gifts using Excel

Steven, one of our readers from England sent me a Christmas gift tracker worksheet. I found it pretty cool, so made some minor changes to it and sharing it with you all so that you can have great time shopping for the holidays.

The workbook is full of lessons on conditional formatting, cell formatting, using formulas. Go ahead and download it today.

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Dilbert on Excel, Spreadsheets and Cell C23

Published on Dec 4, 2009 in Learn Excel
Dilbert on Excel, Spreadsheets and Cell C23

Dilbert is my favorite cartoon (Calvin & Hobbes comes second). I like it so much that I have named this blog after Dilbert. So, today, as as ode to Dilbert and all things excel, we present you… Dilbert on Excel. Read the rest of this post to find some great dilbert strips on excel modeling, formulas, errors and annoyances. Have a fun weekend.

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