Excel Links – Live from Bangkok Edition

Posted on January 30th, 2012 in excel links , personal - 14 comments

It has been a while since we had an Excel Links feature. So here we go again. But before jumping in to all the Excel goodness, let me share a few tidbits about our Bangkok adventure.

As you may know, we (Jo, kids & I) have temporarily moved to Bangkok for a few months. If all goes well, we plan to live here until 1st week of March before returning to India.

So far, we are really loving this place. We rented an apartment on the busy Sukhumvit road (near PhromPhong BTS) for 2 months. The apartment is on 20th floor and we have amazing views of various sky-scrappers, sky train and awesome sky. In fact the kids like the view so much that, we spend half-an-hour every night just watching the trains from our bedroom window, before they sleep.

Since this is not a pure vacation, I spend a few hours everyday replying to emails & comments, preparing content for this blog, helping students on Excel School & VBA Classes and other work stuff. But rest of my day is free and we are enjoying it by eating strange food, taking kids to beautiful parks (we went to the calm & vast chatuchak park area last weekend), taking leisurely strolls. I have also started playing squash & swimming.

Some pics (click to enlarge)

All of us in Chatuchak Park, BangkokKids learning to climb @ Lumphini Park, Bangkok

One side effect of all this is, I am not able to spend as much time replying to your emails. So if you have sent us something and not heard back, please drop a reminder and I will get back to you at earliest. And oh yeah, I love you for doing that :)

Back to Excel links…,

This week, I have a few interesting Excel articles & tips to help you. Click on these and enjoy.

How to set meaningful axis scales in Excel charts

Jon Peltier dissects a poorly constructed chart and along way shows us how to set up proper axis scale etc. so the chart communicates concisely. While on Jon’s site, also check out how to get answers for your excel questions for some good ideas. He missed out our forum, but good list nevertheless.

15 Spreadsheet formatting tips

Ever wondered how to make a usable, good looking Excel workbook? If so, check this out for some really handy tips & excellent ideas.

More on Excel formatting here: How to make better excel sheets, Formatting tips

FREE Webinar on Spreadsheet Risk Management

Myles, who writes the spreadsheet risk management articles on chandoo.org shared this link with me. If you are responsible for a lot of workbooks, this free webinar might give you some ideas on how to reduce the risk.

Generating Invoice Numbers in Excel

Learn how to use VBA to generate invoice numbers in Excel, automatically.

Excel Drop Down list from a different workbook

Debra shows us how to use lists in other workbooks as source for drop-downs in Excel.

That is all for now.

We have some exciting new tips & Excel awesomeness waiting to happen this week. Stay tuned!

Until then, as they say in Thailand, Kob Khun Krup (meaning thank you).

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14 Responses to “Excel Links – Live from Bangkok Edition”

  1. Vise Grip says:

    Welcome to Thailand,

    If you get the chance or have an open window, take a trip to Vientiane, Laos. It’s a different world from your typical backyard. You will grow accustomed to it’s culture and people and fall in love with from all it has to offer. I went to Laos to do a Thai Visa run and ended up staying. The awesome part is I’m living luxuriously on $400 a month. I have a nice apartment, a helper, cook, internet, 3 home cooked meals, money left over to eat out (food cost an average of $1 usd), walking distance to everything, and there’s to much to list. I know, I know? That part you’ll have to find out on your own. A 1 way ticket to BKK to Vientiane is less than $50 usd. There’s no need to buy the return ticket because you’ll end up staying forever.

    The truth will set you free.
    Don’t be scammed by the network of internet marketers.
    Vise Grip

  2. dan l says:

    How’s the food, Chandoo?

    • Chandoo says:

      Awesome is the word. In just ten days we are here, we tried Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, American, Indian and much more. Not to mention countless variety of street food that we had… :yummy:

  3. Fred says:

    Chandoo, enjoy genuine thai food while you are there! Oh how I missed the real thai food. Just the thought of real thai food makes my mouth water.

    And if you are up to it, try the “King of fruits” and “Queen of fruits”. They are in abundance in thailand.

    I guess the only thing you can complain living in Bangkok is the traffic. That’s the only thing I didn’t really enjoy while I was there.

  4. Scott says:

    Chandoo,

    I believe that the personalization of your blog is what sets it apart from other Excel sites. Thanks for the great Excel tips and best to you and your family.

  5. dan l says:

    ——
    And if you are up to it, try the “King of fruits” and “Queen of fruits”. They are in abundance in thailand.
    ——

    Until I googled it, I thought Fred was referring to Bangkok’s less family friendly side……

  6. Sachin says:

    Just be sure what massage parlors you walk into :)

    • Fred says:

      Oh no, Sachin. please don’t even bring it up…figureing out the sex of the masseur is like me reading all the Excel macro lines. I can never figure it out.

  7. Fred says:

    Remember not to say anything negative, even mildly, about the royal family. It’ll get you into big trouble.

  8. Jayan says:

    Silly question.
    Does Chandoo.org has mobile website, since more and more people are using iPad, iPhones and other mobile devices.
    Thanks in advance.

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