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Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Readers Edition

Published on May 19, 2016 in Excel Howtos, hacks, Huis, ideas, Learn Excel, Posts by Hui, Quick Tip
Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Readers Edition

Over the last month we have seen some Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks presented by some of the best Excel practitioners on the internet.
In this final post of the series we highlight the Readers Contributions.

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How many ‘Friday the 13th’s are in this year? [Formula fun + challenge]

Published on May 13, 2016 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
How many ‘Friday the 13th’s are in this year? [Formula fun + challenge]

Today is Friday the 13th. If you are a raging friggatriskaidekaphobiac, I suggest you to stop reading this post. For the rest of you, I have something fun.

Given a year in cell C3, let’s find out all the months with Friday the 13th. Something like above.

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Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Readers Edition Prequel

Published on May 12, 2016 in Excel Howtos, hacks, Huis, Posts by Hui, Quick Tip
Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Readers Edition Prequel

Over the past 3 weeks we have been able to showcase some Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats and Hacks from some of the best excel practitioners on the net.
But now it’s your turn…

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Apply Conditional Formatting using Slicers

Apply Conditional Formatting using Slicers

Have you ever wondered about applying different Spreadsheet Formats or Styles to reports which you may be send to different people and so the styling may be different for each recipient?

I haven’t, but in this post I will show how you can add it to your worksheets.

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Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Notable Excel Websites (Non-MVP) Edition

Published on May 5, 2016 in Excel Howtos, excel links, hacks, Huis, Learn Excel, Posts by Hui
Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Notable Excel Websites (Non-MVP) Edition

Learn some Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks from some Notable [Non-MVP] Excel Websites.

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Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Excel Ninja Edition

Published on Apr 28, 2016 in Excel Howtos, hacks, Huis, ideas, Posts by Hui, Quick Tip
Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Excel Ninja Edition

Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Chandoo.org Excel Ninja Edition
Learn some of the Chandoo.org Excel Ninja’s favorite Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks

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Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Microsoft MVP Edition

Published on Apr 21, 2016 in Excel Howtos, hacks, Huis, ideas, Learn Excel, Posts by Hui, Quick Tip
Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Microsoft MVP Edition

Learn some of the Microsoft Excel MVP’s favorite Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks in this post
Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Microsoft MVP Edition

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Figure out slot from given time [quick tip]

Published on Apr 19, 2016 in Excel Howtos, Quick Tip
Figure out slot from given time [quick tip]

Here is an interesting scenario.

Let’s say you are looking at a time, like 9:42 AM and want to know which 15 minute slot it fits into. The answer is 9:30 – 9:45. But how would you get this answer thru Excel formulas?

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These icons are so pretty, can I get them in green? [conditional formatting trick]

Published on Mar 22, 2016 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
These icons are so pretty, can I get them in green? [conditional formatting trick]

One of our readers emailed this question recently,

I like the conditional formatting icons. I am trying to present some business data where going down is good. How do I get a green colored down arrow icon?

Essentially, Ms. CanIGetItInGreen wants this:

Unfortunately, Excel’s conditional formatting icons are not customizable. So we can’t get the green down arrows without some sneak. And sneak we shall.

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Formula Forensics 040 – Apportioning Sales by Criteria

Published on Feb 15, 2016 in Excel Howtos, Formula Forensics, Huis, Posts by Hui
Formula Forensics 040 – Apportioning Sales by Criteria

Lets look at how to apportion sales according to multiple criteria

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Not so wild lookups [video]

Published on Feb 12, 2016 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Not so wild lookups [video]

In case, this is the first time you are hearing about Excel formula wildcards, check out the Using wildcards in Excel VLOOKUP formula tutorial.

So you know about wild cards like * ?, now how would you tell VLOOKUP to ignore them?

Say, you are genuinely interested in looking the value “* Payroll” in a lookup table. What then?

This is exactly the problem faced by Peter in our forum post VLOOKUP and cells with “*” NOT to be interpreted as wildcard

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Pricing Tier Lookup formula

Published on Dec 1, 2015 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Pricing Tier Lookup formula

Here is an interesting twist on the good old VLOOKUP. How to find the pricing applicable for given quantity of a product?

Something like above.

Looks interesting? Then read on…

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Edit cells & formulas faster [shortcut]

Published on Nov 16, 2015 in Excel Howtos
Edit cells & formulas faster [shortcut]

Let’s keep this simple & short.

Whenever you are editing cells or formulas, the usual sequence is like this:

  1. Double click on the cell you want to edit
  2. For existing cells: Go to the left most / right most part and start typing
  3. For blank cells: start typing right away

Here is a faster sequence:

Read on…

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Use NUMBERVALUE() to convert European Number format

Published on Oct 6, 2015 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel

If you deal with customers or colleagues in Europe, often you may see numbers like this:

  • 1.433.502,50
  • 9.324,00
  • 3,141593

When these numbers are pasted in Excel, they become text, because Excel can’t understand them.

Here is a simple way to convert the European numbers to regular ones.

Use NUMBERVALUE() Function.

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Weighted Sorting in Excel [video]

Published on Oct 1, 2015 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Weighted Sorting in Excel [video]

Imagine you are looking customer data like below and want to sort them by performance. If you sort the data by any one column, you will not get full picture of performance. To understand which customers rank low on performance, you need to defined a weighed sort, the kind of sort where you assign weights to each attribute (customer age, recent purchases and rate of returns) and come up with single score to sort them all.

Sounds interesting? Watch below video to understand how to do weighted sorting in Excel.

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