March 2011 is best month ever and other news
Alert readers of chandoo.org would have noticed that I have been away from action for a week. You are right. I took an unexpected break this week. I was commissioned to do an important baby sitting project. And you know how difficult they can be. So for the last one week Jo (my wife) and I were taking care of 4 kids – 2 ours and 2 my wife’s elder sister’s. It was mostly fun, but at times really annoying too. Naturally, I did not get much computer time.
In my absence, I have asked Hui to make a post or two. And I see that he has done an awesome job writing about Form controls & Hyperlinks – 2 of the very useful features in Excel that are rarely well explained.
March 2011 is best month since starting this blog
In other news, I just checked the statistics for the month of March and realized that, wait for it….
Yes, March 2011 is the best month since I started this blog. We have surpassed several previous records for traffic, conversations, connections and revenue.
Here is the report card of Chandoo.org for last 13 months (March 2010 – March 2011):
Thank you very much for making this happen.
All the things that I do on this site mean very little with out you. You constantly inspire me to learn and share more. I wake up with a smile and go thru my day with vigor and go back to sleep with a content heart, all because of you. Thank you very much for all that you do to Chandoo.org.
About the Dashboard Week
I have not forgotten about your contributions. In fact, I am overwhelmed by the response I got. There were more than 20 entries and I am still processing all that you have shared. I will put up a massive post sharing all the content, ideas and snapshots on Dashboards by next week.
Mandatory Bonus Excel Tip
You are not only visiting my site to hear me rant about how difficult is it to baby sit my rowdy kids. You also want to learn a bit of Excel. So here we go:
Unlock the hidden MVLOOKUP formula
We all gripe about how VLOOKUP returns only first match. We want to get all the matching results. But how?!?
Thankfully, there is a formula called MVLOOKUP that Microsoft did not want you to find. So they hid it deep inside Excel. But just like everything else, we can unlock the MVLOOKUP formula too.
Follow this simple procedure:
- In the cell where you want MVLOOKUP formula, just type =M V L O O K U P(value you are looking for, table of data, column number, false) and press CTRL+SHIFT+Enter.
- Note1: You must include spaces between each letter in the MVLOOKUP.
- Note2: You must use the CTRL and SHIFT keys located on the left side of keyboard only.
- Note3: This works in Excel 2007 and Windows machines only.
- When you press CTRL+SHIFT+Enter, you will see that excel has returned an array of values corresponding the value you are looking for.
If the formula doesn’t work:
If you are getting #NAME or some other error try quitting Excel and restart it. But this time, when clicking on Excel icon, hold Alt key.
or use an alternative method to fetch 2nd or 3rd matching value using VLOOKUP.
That is all
You have a fantastic weekend. I should be able to greet you on Monday with a fun Excel nugget.
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