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Lost Excel Functions

Published on May 16, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Huis, Posts by Hui
Lost Excel Functions

- Cue, alluring music.
Just like Jack and the crew of Oceanic Airlines flight 815, Excel has a number of LOST functions.
This post will look at some of Excel’s Undocumented, Unloved and Rarely used Functions

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Using Solver to Assign Items to Buckets

Published on May 11, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Huis, Learn Excel, Posts by Hui
Using Solver to Assign Items to Buckets

Ok, You’ve just finished the mother of all Spreadsheets. Not only does it solve your companies budget, it tracks production, reports variances, makes a mean cup of coffee and some say, “it May Even Solve World Peace ?”.
But the boss walks in and asks “I have a list of items which I need to distribute evenly into colored buckets”
I had never thought of that option, Maybe I can constrain my model and let it work it out for me ?
Solver I need your help !

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Dummy Data – How to use the Random Functions

Published on May 4, 2011 in excel apps, Excel Howtos, Huis, Learn Excel, Posts by Hui
Dummy Data – How to use the Random Functions

Don’t know which way to go ?
Can’t make up your mind between alternatives?

Using collected or known data is the best when developing Excel models, but from time to time this may not be available when you are developing your model. This post will look at some options for setting up Dummy Data using Excels Random number functions.

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How to make a 5 Star Chart (Similar to Amazon)

How to make a 5 Star Chart (Similar to Amazon)

How to make a 5 Star Chart (Similar to Amazon)

Last week Chandoo presented Give more details by showing average and distribution

At the top of the post was a small screen capture from Amazon.com showing a 5 Star chart showing that Twilight had a 3.5 Star Rating (way over-rated if you ask me).

I received an email shortly afterwards from Rajiv, “How can I make one of those charts ? ” with the Stars Circled

It’s actually very simple and this post will show you how.

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Auditing Spreadsheets? – Disable Direct Editing Mode to save time [quick tip]

Published on Apr 11, 2011 in Excel Howtos
Auditing Spreadsheets? – Disable Direct Editing Mode to save time [quick tip]

For most of us, the prospect of inheriting a large, undisclosed sum of money is bleak. But we have high probability of inheriting a complex Excel workbook with 19 worksheets and 2300 rows of data and 195 formulas. The kind where entire rainbow colors are used to color code accounts receivable statuses. Then what do we do? We spend a whole afternoon (and then the rest of the month) breaking our head trying to figure out why the total revenues are only $ 41.2 million when profits are $ 99.23 million.

So how do we deal with our inheritance?

Here is a quick tip to help you get started. Disable “Direct editing mode“.

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Beam Me Up Scotty – Excel Hyperlinks

Published on Mar 31, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Huis, Posts by Hui
Beam Me Up Scotty – Excel Hyperlinks

Ok, Excel Hyperlinks may not be able to rescue you from an imploding planet, but they can add to the useability of your Excel Projects.

This post looks at Hyperlinks. What they are and how to use them in your workbooks

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Form Controls – Adding Interactivity to Your Worksheets

Published on Mar 30, 2011 in excel apps, Excel Howtos, Huis, Learn Excel, Posts by Hui
Form Controls – Adding Interactivity to Your Worksheets

Excel can be a bland collection of cells with text and numbers or it can be a playground where you can have interactive engagement with your models.

The choice is yours!

Excel provides a small number of tools to allow you to interact with your models.
These tools are called Form Controls and can be added into and linked to your models data.

This post will look at the various types of Form Controls and discuss their application and use.

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Calculating Sum of Digits in a Number using Array Formulas [for fun]

Published on Mar 18, 2011 in Excel Howtos
Calculating Sum of Digits in a Number using Array Formulas [for fun]

Here is a fun formula to write.

Given a number in cell, I want you to find the sum of digits in it. So, for eg. if you have the number 3584398594 in a cell, the sum would be =3+5+8+4+3+9+8+5+9+4, equal to 58.

Now, how would you write a formula to find this sum automatically based on the number entered in the cell?

Go ahead and figure it out. If you can, come back and check your answer with mine below.

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Printing Excel Reports via a Word Document

Published on Feb 17, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Posts by Hui
Printing Excel Reports via a Word Document

Transferring data regularly between Excel and Word for the production of Word based forms or reports cab be tedious if it involves much more than a few numbers.
This post looks at a technique for automating this process.

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Quickly Compare Data using Row Differences

Published on Feb 14, 2011 in Excel Howtos
Quickly Compare Data using Row Differences

Lets say you have some data in 2 columns and you want to compare row by row to spot the differences. Of course you can write a formula or apply conditional formatting. But there is a quick and dirty solution that works just as fine.

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Are You Trendy ? (Part 3)

Are You Trendy ? (Part 3)

In the final post of the Are You Trendy? series we will look at the use of Excel Charts and associated Trendlines for trend analysis and I will give you a free tool (Normally valued at $200, I wish) which will allow interactive assessment of a Charts Trendline Y value for any X value.

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Are You Trendy? (Part 2)

Are You Trendy? (Part 2)

Does your data hold hidden secrets?
In Part 2 of Are You Trendy? we will examine the Excel functions that assist us in Trend Analysis.

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Worksheet Properties via a Menu

Published on Jan 25, 2011 in Excel Howtos, hacks, Huis, Posts by Hui
Worksheet Properties via a Menu

The Properties button on the Developer Tab in Excel 2007/10 can be used to access a number of Worksheet properties normally only available through VBA and even a few which aren’t available through VBA.
Lets take them for a spin.

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Are You Trendy ?

Are You Trendy ?

Often you may have a set of data and need to know what an intermediate or future value of that data may be.
This week we will investigate 3 methods of tackling this problem using Excel.
In this post we’ll look at manual forecasting.

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Find the Average of Closest 2 Numbers out of 3 [formula challenge]

Published on Jan 19, 2011 in Excel Howtos
Find the Average of Closest 2 Numbers out of 3 [formula challenge]

Today I am asking you a tricky formula question. This is asked by Ionel on the Introduction to VLOOKUP, OFFSET & MATCH Formulas post. The question is, I have data in three columns: A,B,C and I want to get the average of the closest two values out of three in each row. Could you help […]

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