Archive for May, 2012

Sort Pivot Tables the way you want [Quick tip]

Published on May 31, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Pivot Tables & Charts
Sort Pivot Tables the way you want [Quick tip]

Ever looked at a Pivot table & wondered how you can sort it differently?

“If only I could show this report of monthly sales such that our best months are on top!”

Well, there is a way to do it without sacrificing 2 goats or pleasing the office Excel god. Just use custom sorting options in Pivot tables.

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Oops, I did not do it [Site down time update]

Published on May 30, 2012 in blogging
Oops, I did not do it [Site down time update]

So that was stressful. As many of you know, our main site http://chandoo.org/wp/ was down for good part of last 2 days due to a mysterious PHP error. After trying to fix it for 2 days and drawing a blank every time, I gave up and used my trump card – delete wordpress and manually re-install it. That seemed to do the trick. I can load the site alright, write this post and share the news with you.

I will post something awesome & useful on Excel tomorrow. Wish you a beautiful day ahead.

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Do you work on Excel? How much salary you make? [Surveys]

Published on May 25, 2012 in Learn Excel
Do you work on Excel? How much salary you make? [Surveys]

Ever wondered how much your Excel skills are worth?

Here is 2 step procedure to find out.
1) Complete this survey. Tell me how much you make & what you do.
2) Wait for a week and we will tell you how much Excel professionals are earning all over the world 🙂

PS: You can be anonymous.

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Formula Forensics 022. Sum the Odd Numbers between 1 and 100

Published on May 24, 2012 in Formula Forensics, Huis, Posts by Hui
Formula Forensics 022. Sum the Odd Numbers between 1 and 100

How can we Add Up the Odd numbers between 1 and 100 ?

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Chandoo Visits Perth Australia

Published on May 23, 2012 in Huis, Posts by Hui, Training Programs, travels
Chandoo Visits Perth Australia

Chandoo arrives in Perth, Australia.

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Highlight due dates in Excel – Show items due, overdue and completed in different colors

Published on May 22, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Highlight due dates in Excel – Show items due, overdue and completed in different colors

Congratulations to you if your job does not involve dead lines. For the rest of us, deadlines are the sole motivation for working (barring free internet & the coffee machine in 2nd floor, of course). So today, lets talk about a very familiar problem.

How to highlight due dates in Excel?

The item can be an invoice, a to do activity, a project or anything. So how would you do it using Excel?

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Highlight Employees by Performance Rating – Conditional Formatting Challenge

Published on May 18, 2012 in Excel Challenges, Learn Excel
Highlight Employees by Performance Rating – Conditional Formatting Challenge

So who is up for an Excel challenge?

Shelly, who is an HR Manager sent this distress call last week,

“I have a group of employees- lets say 100 employees. Each employee has a performance rating attached to them. I want to divide the group by 5%, 15%, 65%, 10%, 5% based on their performance rating.

And that is our challenge today. Read on & help Shelly.

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Catchup with Chandoo in Perth

Published on May 18, 2012 in Huis, Posts by Hui
Catchup with Chandoo in Perth

Do you want to catchup with Chandoo (and Hui) for a Sundowner in Perth ?
Read here for details.

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Formula Forensic No. 021 – Find the 4th Slash !

Published on May 17, 2012 in Formula Forensics, Huis, Posts by Hui
Formula Forensic No. 021 – Find the 4th Slash !

No, Not that Slash !

How do I find the 4th Slash in a text string?
Today at Formula Forensics we take a look at 4 different methods.

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Please Enroll in our Excel & Dashboards Masterclass – Melbourne

Published on May 16, 2012 in Excel Workshops, Learn Excel

Hello folks,

I have a quick announcement. As you may know, I am doing a set of Excel & Dashboards Masterclasses in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane. We had a fantastic session in Sydney (with 18 delegates). We are sold out in Melbourne & have 2 spots left in Brisbane. But we kept getting requests for more in Melbourne. So we have added an additional session in Melbourne. This is right after Queen’s birthday – on 12th & 13th of June. Please use below links to enroll for the masterclass if you are interested.

Reviews from our Sydney masterclass delegates
We asked the delegates of our Sydney masterclass to tell us how they liked it. Here is a short video with their reviews (4 min):

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VBA Move data from one sheet to multiple sheets

Published on May 14, 2012 in Automation, Excel Howtos, Learn Excel, VBA Macros
VBA Move data from one sheet to multiple sheets

Suresh sent an email with interesting problem.

There is one data entry sheet where all the data needs will be entered, however once done we want the data to be stored separately in multiple sheets designated by the Employee code.

In this article we will learn how to use VBA to help in resolving the problem Suresh was facing at work.

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Interactive Sales Chart using MS Excel [video]

Interactive Sales Chart using MS Excel [video]

Finally, I got some time to sit down and do what I love most – write a blog post to make you awesome in Excel. After a whirlwind trip to Sydney, I am back in India to spend few days with my kids & wife before rushing to Australia to run 2nd leg of my training programs (in Perth, Melbourne & Brisbane). I did 2 sessions in Sydney – one for KPMG and other for public and both went very well. We got lots of positive feedback and people really loved it. I am saving the details for another post, but today lets talk about Interactive Sales Chart using Excel.

Take a look at the Interactive Sales Chart

First, take a look at interactive sales chart. Today, you will learn how to build this using Excel.

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Displaying Text Values in Pivot Tables without VBA

Published on May 7, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Huis, Pivot Tables & Charts, Posts by Hui
Displaying Text Values in Pivot Tables without VBA

Pivot tables are a great way of summarising and consolidating data to produce summary reports.

One of the main limitations of Pivot tables is that they don’t natively return Text values.

This post looks at a method to work around this without the use of VBA.

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Formula Forensic 020. Bhavik’s Monthly Workingdays Formula

Published on May 3, 2012 in Formula Forensics, Huis, Posts by Hui
Formula Forensic 020. Bhavik’s Monthly Workingdays Formula

Bhavik’s has presented us with a neat formula to determine how many working days are in a month.
This functionality has a wide range of uses in accounting, payroll, staff scheduling, accommodation planning & reporting and general scheduling activities.

Today in Formula Forensics we pull Bhavik’s Formula apart and see what is going on inside and the offer some extensions to increase the functionality of his formula.

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Excel Links – Live from Sydney Edition

Published on May 1, 2012 in excel links
Excel Links – Live from Sydney Edition

Hello folks,

My flight to Sydney has been lengthy but fun. I have reached here on Sunday morning (8AM) and spent most of the day with Danielle’s family. (Danielle is the founder of Plum Solutions. She is the one who invited me to Australia and planned this whole experience for me).
On Monday (30th April), I went exploring the city on foot. I had coffee in the beautiful Queen Victoria Building, attended 1PM church service at the magnificent St. Mary’s cathedral, walked thru Hyde park, went to Sydney central station, took at sneak peek at the new Apple store in down town, got back to my hotel, walked to Opera house to meet up with our readers.

Reader meetup at Sydney
We had 6 people turn up for the meetup. It was fun talking about Excel & our journey with these wonderful folks. Here is a pic (you can see the harbor bridge in background & 8 awesome Excel users in foreground, Click on it to enlarge).

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