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Use CTRL+Enter to Enter Same Data in to Multiple Cells [Quick Tip]

Published on Jan 9, 2012 in Excel Howtos
Use CTRL+Enter to Enter Same Data in to Multiple Cells [Quick Tip]

Here is a quick Excel tip to kick start your week.

Sometimes, we want to enter same data in to several cells. You can use CTRL+Enter to do this in a snap.

(1) Select all the cells where you want to enter the same data.
(2) Type the data
(3) Press CTRL+Enter
(4) Done!

See the animation aside to understand how this works.

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Quick Update about VBA Classes & Discount Expiry!

Published on Jan 5, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel

I have 2 quick announcements & 1 Excel tip for you.

Announcements

Read on for a bonus Excel tip as well.

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8 Tips to Make you a Formatting Pro

Published on Dec 5, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
8 Tips to Make you a Formatting Pro

We can take any Excel workbook and format it until Christmas, and we would still not be done. But not many of us have so much of time or energy. So, today, lets talk formatting.

In this, you will learn how to
1) Use tables to format data quickly
2) Change colors of your worksheet in a snap
3) Use cell styles
4) Quickly clone formatting using format painter
5) Clear formats to begin with a clean-slate
6) Formatting shortcuts
7) Formatting options for print
and 8 ) Why you should not go overboard formatting

So go ahead and become a formatting pro.

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Formula Forensics No.004 – Fred’s Problem

Published on Nov 30, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Formula Forensics, Huis, Posts by Hui
Formula Forensics No.004 – Fred’s Problem

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This is the Forth post in Chandoo’s, Formula Forensics series.

Last week Luke showed us how to extract a sorted list according to a criteria from a larger list
and he analysed a formula to solve this problem

This week we look at Fred’s Problem…

How do I simplify a very long formula?

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Formula Forensics No. 002 – Joyces Question

Published on Nov 7, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Formula Forensics, Huis, Posts by Hui
Formula Forensics No. 002 – Joyces Question

Formula Forensics # 002 – Joyces Question

This is the second post of a new regular weekly series at Chanoo.org, Formula Forensics, where we will examine how a formula works from the inside out with a worked example to help you understand its formation.

Last week we looked at Taruns problem and analysed a formula to solve his problem

This week we look at Joyce’s Problem…

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Fancy Posts – using HTML Display Codes in Chandoo.org Posts

Normally when responding to a Post or a Forum Post you will see a plain old text response like
Chandoo.org

Occasionally you may see some Bold or Code highlighted like
Chandoo.org

How is this done and what else can I do to add value / pizazz to my posts ?

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A Technique to Quickly Develop Custom Number Formats

Published on Nov 2, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Huis, Learn Excel, Posts by Hui
A Technique to Quickly Develop Custom Number Formats

This post examines a quick technique for developing Custom Number Formats for Cells, Charts or any other Number location in Excel.

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Using an Array Formula to Find and Count the Maximum Text Occurrences in a Range

Using an Array Formula to Find and Count the Maximum Text Occurrences in a Range

Chandoo is off on Holidays and once again thrown me the keys to Chandoo.org.

So this week we’re going to:

  • Pull apart an Array Formula and see what’s under the hood;
  • Have a look at a technique for quickly developing Custom Number Formats &
  • Look at how we can use HTML Codes in posts at Chandoo.org to spice up your questions and answers.

Today is Tarun’s Problem

“I have got multiple names in each row and would like to have what name is repeated maximum number of times and how many times?”

Today we pull apart an answer to this question and see how it works.

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Compare 2 Lists Visually and Highlight Matches

Published on Oct 27, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Compare 2 Lists Visually and Highlight Matches

Comparison is one of the most common things we do with Excel. Naturally, there are so many ways to compare 2 lists of data using Excel.

Today, I want to share an interesting comparison problem with you.

Lets say you run a small shop which sells some highly specialized products. Now, since your products require quite some training before customers can buy them, you keep track of all product queries and arrange demos.

After a hectic week, you are staring at 2 lists. One with product queries, another with product demos. And you want to know whether all the queries are answered with a demo or not.

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Quickly Fill Blank Cells in a Table [Reader Tip]

Published on Oct 17, 2011 in Excel Howtos
Quickly Fill Blank Cells in a Table [Reader Tip]

This post is authored by Martin, one of our readers.

Situation:

Sometimes I encounter data in my tables with blank cells where there is a repeated value from the cell directly above. See below:

This can be annoying when it comes to interpreting the data and when sorting columns.

Solution:

To know how I solve this, just read rest of the article.

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Filter values where Fruit=Banana OR Sales>70. In Other Words, How to use Advanced Filters?

Published on Oct 10, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Filter values where Fruit=Banana OR Sales>70. In Other Words, How to use Advanced Filters?

Filtering is a simple yet powerful way to analyze data. When you apply filters to any list of values, Excel gives you some really useful pre-defined filters so that you can analyze the data in a variety of ways. So, assuming you have data like this: We all know how to filter data for Bananas. […]

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Sum of Values Between 2 Dates [Excel Formulas]

Published on Sep 27, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Sum of Values Between 2 Dates [Excel Formulas]

Lets just say, you run a nice little orange shop called, “Joe’s Awesome Oranges“. And being an Excel buff, you record the daily sales in to a workbook, in this format. After recording the sales for a couple of months, you got a refreshing idea, why not analyze the sales between any given 2 dates? […]

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Hui’s Excel Report Printer

Published on Sep 14, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Huis, Posts by Hui, VBA Macros
Hui’s Excel Report Printer

Do you enjoy printing complex spreadsheets with multiple pages with different print ranges and different setups on each page for different people who have different requirements ?

If the answer is No…

This post may save your day and change your life.

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Split Text on New Line using Excel & VBA [Macros]

Published on Aug 23, 2011 in Excel Howtos, VBA Macros
Split Text on New Line using Excel & VBA [Macros]

Hafiz, One of our avid readers, writes in. My problem is when I convert data from text to column using dash “-“, conversion is easy. but when the gap provided in text is with “alt+enter”, I can’t convert the data.

Well, I tried to use text to columns feature (from Data ribbon) and it would not work.

Although you can use formulas to do the splitting, they might become tedious. So the next logical option is to use macros.

In this article, learn how to use VBA to split text on New Line characters

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