Archive for February, 2014

Can you extract first name & last name from email address? [Formula Challenge]

Published on Feb 27, 2014 in Excel Challenges
Can you extract first name & last name from email address? [Formula Challenge]

Today lets rescue John Doe from John_doe@email.com.

Extract first & last name from email address

Given an email address in the format

firstnameany_non-alphabet.characterslastname@email.com

You need to extract first name & last name using formulas.

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Robust Dynamic (Cascading) Dropdowns Without VBA

Published on Feb 25, 2014 in Learn Excel, Posts by Jeff

Recently I posted about how you could construct dynamic (cascading) dropdowns that could easily handle multiple levels, like this: …and we saw that users could subsequently change upstream dropdowns in a way that would make downstream choices invalid, like this: In my previous post I used some VBA to clear out any ‘downstream’ choices if […]

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What should we call our Podcast?

Published on Feb 24, 2014 in Learn Excel
What should we call our Podcast?

Friends and supporters of Chandoo.org,

I am very happy to tell you about another great way to learn Excel & stay awesome

Chandoo.org podcast

That is right. As part our mission to make you awesome in Excel, this year I will be adding a podcast.

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Last day to join Advanced Power Pivot class & Bundles – Enroll to become awesome

Published on Feb 21, 2014 in Power Pivot
Last day to join Advanced Power Pivot class & Bundles – Enroll to become awesome

Hi folks,

I have a quick announcement for you.

Only few hours left to join Power Pivot course…

As you may know, I have opened enrollments for our Power Pivot course few days ago. The aim of this course is to make you awesome in Excel, Advanced Excel, Dashboards, Power Pivot & Advanced Power Pivot.

We will be closing the doors of advanced Power Pivot & Bundled options at midnight, today – 11:59 PM, Pacific time, Friday, 21st of February.

If you want to join us, click here and enroll now.

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I won’t eat donut with a thread inside, but lets make one anyway!

Published on Feb 20, 2014 in Charts and Graphs
I won’t eat donut with a thread inside, but lets make one anyway!

Today lets take a stroll outside what Excel can do and make something fancy, fun and may be useful.

Nowadays, many newspapers, websites and magazines are featuring info-graphics. An info-graphic is a collection of shiny, colorful & data-full charts (or often pieces of text.) In many of these info-graphics, you can see threaded-donut charts. Not sure what that is..? It is not same as the blasphemy of spoiling a soft, sweet, supple donut with a piece of string. No one should be excused for an offense like that.

What I am talking about is shown above

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Heads up! Our Join Power Pivot class

Published on Feb 19, 2014 in Power Pivot

Hi folks,

Let me interrupt the flow of awesome Excel stuff to share about our ongoing Power Pivot class enrollments.

We opened the class last Monday (10th of February) and every day lots of people are joining the army of awesome Power Pivot analysts.

Click here to know more and join us.

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Quick and easy Gantt chart using Excel [templates]

Published on Feb 18, 2014 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
Quick and easy Gantt chart using Excel [templates]

Gantt charts are a very popular way to visually depict project plans. Today, let us learn how to use Excel to make quick & easy Project Plan Gantt Chart.

This is what we will be creating.

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Learn how to create these 11 amazing dashboards

Learn how to create these 11 amazing dashboards

Today lets talk about how to build world-class dashboards.

What is a dashboard?

Dashboard reports allow managers to get high-level overview of the business and help them make quick decisions. A dashboard is usually a one page report that contains critical information for decision support.

How to make dashboards?

Excel is an excellent tool to make powerful dashboards that can provide analysis, insight and alert managers in timely manner. But creating a dashboard takes a lot of skill & practice. That is where a resource like Chandoo.org comes handy. In this site you can find more than 200 different dashboard examples, tutorials, samples and downloads – all designed to make you awesome.

Read on to learn more…

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Dynamic (Cascading) Dropdowns that reset on change

Published on Feb 13, 2014 in Excel Howtos, Posts by Jeff, VBA Macros

Dynamic dropdowns are a handy way to get your users to make choices based on what they’ve previously chosen, while steering them away from making invalid choices. Today we’re going to look at one that easily handles multiple levels, and we’ll take a look at what could go wrong. Let’s see one in action, shall […]

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Power Pivot course is now open, Please join to become awesome

Published on Feb 10, 2014 in Power Pivot, products
Power Pivot course is now open, Please join to become awesome

Hi friends & readers of Chandoo.org,

I am happy to tell you that my latest online course – Power Pivot class is now open for your consideration. Please take a few minutes to read about this course and how it can help you. If you are ready to join, please click here.

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What is your favorite Excel book? [open thread]

Published on Feb 7, 2014 in Learn Excel
What is your favorite Excel book? [open thread]

Today lets talk about Excel books. The question is simple.

What is your favorite Excel book? Please share your answers using comments.

My favorite books are..,

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Details about upcoming Power Pivot course

Published on Feb 6, 2014 in Power Pivot
Details about upcoming Power Pivot course

As we are getting ready to open enrollments for my upcoming Power Pivot online class, I am having a very busy and exciting time. Today, let me share few more details about our course.

First about the Power Pivot

Power Pivot adds world-class Business Intelligence (BI), Reporting and analysis capabilities to plain old Excel. It lets you connect, analyze and visualize massive amounts of data with ease.

While this technology is hugely empowering it is also has a steep learning curve for many of us. So in 2013 I started an online class to teach Power Pivot. So far I have trained more than 800 people on Power Pivot. Most people (and businesses) have transformed the way they analyze data and present results once they discovered what Power Pivot can do.

And now, I am very glad to tell you that my Power Pivot course along with Rob Collie’s Advanced Power Pivot course (aka Power Pivot University) is open for new session.

We are opening these courses for enrollment on 10th of February (Next Monday) for your consideration.

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Combine pie and xy scatter charts – World Polls chart revisited

Combine pie and xy scatter charts – World Polls chart revisited

Few days ago, we learned how to create a pie+donut combination chart to visualize polls around the world in 2014. It generated quite a bit of interesting discussion (47 comments so far). One of the comments was from Roberto, who along with Kris & Gábor runs The FrankensTeam an online library of advanced Excel tricks, charts and other mind-boggling spreadsheet wizardry.

I really liked Roberto’s comments on the original post and a charting solution he presented. So I asked him if he can do a guest post explaining the technique to our audience. He obliged and here we go.

Over to FrankensTeam.

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Thank you and Excel, We have a new car

Published on Feb 3, 2014 in personal
Thank you and Excel, We have a new car

Hi friends, readers & fans of Chandoo.org,

I want to share a happy news with you all.

On Saturday (1st of February), we bought a new car. It is Toyota Innova.

Read on to know more about the car, why we bought and a special thank you message to you.

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