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Speeding up & Optimizing Excel – Tips for Charting & Formatting [Speedy Spreadsheet Week]

Published on Mar 21, 2012 in Charts and Graphs, Excel Howtos
Speeding up & Optimizing Excel – Tips for Charting & Formatting [Speedy Spreadsheet Week]

Is Excel acting slow & taking ages? As part of our Speedy Spreadsheet Week, today lets talk about optimizing & speeding up Excel by formatting & charting better. Use these tips & ideas to super-charge your sluggish workbook.

No matter how much data you got, how many formulas you wrote, the end users seldom see them on your workbook. They see the finalized dashboard, they play with the model, they look at the report. And if you make poor choices, your end users will thing your workbook is slow.

So let me present you 7 charting & formatting tips to optimize & speed up Excel. Read on…,

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Speed up your Excel Formulas [Speedy Spreadsheet Week]

Published on Mar 20, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Speed up your Excel Formulas [Speedy Spreadsheet Week]

Excel formulas acting slow? As part of our Speedy Spreadsheet Week, today lets talk about optimizing & speeding up Excel formulas. Use these tips & ideas to super-charge your sluggish workbook. Use the best practices & formula guidelines described in this post to optimize your complex worksheet models & make them faster.

1. Use tables to hold the data
2. Use named ranges & named formulas
3. Use pivot tables
4. Sort your data
5. Use manual calculation mode

… and more. Read on to learn these top 10 tips & ideas to improve performance of your excel formulas.

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This week, Speed up your Spreadsheets – Your Action Required

Published on Mar 19, 2012 in Excel Howtos
This week, Speed up your Spreadsheets – Your Action Required

In recent installment of Customer Service Dashboard post, our reader Salmon asked an interesting question,

I am struggling with data size with my dashboards…so many SQL data pulls and formulas to generate the Dashboard, the entire file is massive and sluggish. Perhaps a few tips from Chandoo Master for all us rookie dashboard designers regarding how to minimize file size and maximize calc speeds. #

Dan l & others chipped in and shared their ideas on speeding up Excel. But the topic is wide & has many solutions. So I am dedicating an entire week to discuss this. Welcome to Speedy Spreadsheet Week.

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What is so special about Go To Special? [15 tips]

Published on Mar 12, 2012 in Excel Howtos
What is so special about Go To Special? [15 tips]

We briefly covered Excel’s Go To Special function in the Managing Spreadsheet Risk series and in this post, we are going to explore Go to special feature in detail and learn how to use it.

What is Go To Special?

Go To Special is a tool within Microsoft Excel that enables you to quickly select cells of a specified type within your Excel worksheet. Once you get to grips with this function and what it can be used for you will wonder how you ever lived without it. Read on…,

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In Cell Text Formats – 2 Quick Tips

Published on Mar 6, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Huis, Posts by Hui
In Cell Text Formats – 2 Quick Tips

Did you know you can apply any text effect to a single character or group of text characters within a cell ?

This post will show you 2 quick tips to assist you in this technique.

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14 ways to check if an year is leap year, using Excel [just for fun]

Published on Feb 29, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
14 ways to check if an year is leap year, using Excel [just for fun]

Today is February 29th, and that means, this year we have one more day to be awesome. So lets celebrate it in Excel style!

Lets learn 14 different ways to tell if an year is leap year, using Excel Formulas.

Why 14? because, we are awesome like that.

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How to add your own Macros to Excel Ribbon [quick tip]

Published on Feb 27, 2012 in Excel Howtos, VBA Macros
How to add your own Macros to Excel Ribbon [quick tip]

Do you know that in Excel 2010 you can create your own Ribbon tabs and add anything to them, including your own macros? Today, we are going to take a look at this useful feature and learn how to add your own macros as buttons to Excel Ribbon. Steps to Add your own macros to […]

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Formula Forensics 012. – A Neat Formula

Published on Feb 16, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Formula Forensics, Huis, Posts by Hui

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Today we look at a very neat way of doing a complex Nested If or Vlookup style problem with a simple but beautiful Sumproduct based formula.

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Use Text Format to Preserve Leading Zeros in Excel [Quick Tip]

Published on Feb 15, 2012 in Excel Howtos
Use Text Format to Preserve Leading Zeros in Excel [Quick Tip]

Here is a quick tip to add awesome to your Wednesday.

If you want to enter numbers like 00023 or 023.340 or 23.34500 in your Excel sheet, you would notice that Excel magically removes leading zeros and trailing zeros (after decimal point) as the number 23 is same as 00023. But sometime, we want 00023, not 23. Then what?!?

Very simple, we use TEXT format instead of number format. Just select the cells where you are going to enter these numbers, and from Home ribbon > Number area, select “Text” as cell type. This tells Excel to treat any value you enter as Text, not as number. So when you type 00023, it will appear as 00023.

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Reporting Scenarios using Offset

Published on Feb 14, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Financial Modeling, Learn Excel
Reporting Scenarios using Offset

Project Managers often report financial numbers to the management. In a dynamic world, these numbers are usually based on a lot of factors that may or may not be under your control. So the top management demands that the numbers be reported as per different economic scenarios – Optimistic, Normal or Pessimistic. It is important […]

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Learn Statistics & Probability using MS Excel

Published on Feb 13, 2012 in excel apps, Excel Howtos, Learn Excel, simulation, VBA Macros
Learn Statistics & Probability using MS Excel

One of the most dreaded courses during my under-graduation is Probability, Statistics & Queuing Theory. We called it PSQT. I struggled to understand the significance and concept of this course as I could barely concentrate in the class. We had a professor, who is probably a genius, but the moment he started the class, I would magically fall in to one of my after-noon naps. When I woke up, we are either in the middle of an elaborate t-test or going thru intricacies of a Markovian queue.

This was all 11 years ago. Later in life, I have embraced the world of probability & statistics. I still fear queues. May be I will get there one day. 😉

A good understanding of statistics & probability theory is necessary if you want to model complex real-life problems using Excel or similar tools. Naturally, Excel has several functions, features & supported add-ins to help you in this area.

Today, I want to share some of this with you. This article is broken down in to 3 parts.

  1. Learning Statistics & Probability using Excel
  2. Downloadable Excel Workbooks to understand
  3. Full blown models & simulations in Excel
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How would you customize Excel after installing? [poll]

Published on Feb 10, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
How would you customize Excel after installing? [poll]

Recently, I bought a new laptop, because my old Toshiba died down. After installing the OS and other necessary tools (like browser, skype etc.), I have installed Office 2010. Since Excel is my bread and butter, I like to customize it so that I can get more work done. So today,let me share how I […]

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Comparing 2 Lists with a Twist

Published on Feb 6, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Comparing 2 Lists with a Twist

We love to compare. The instinct to compare leaves no one. Even my two year old twins compare their toys with each other (and fight).

It would make Excel hugely popular if Microsoft builds a handy data comparison tool right in to it. Alas, they have customizable ribbon, 3d effects & equation editor…

Since comparison is one of the main uses of Excel, we have written extensively about it here.

But there is always one more interesting comparison problem. Today, I want to share one such problem, based on a comment left by N-Man.

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Formula Forensics No. 010 Count How Many Times a List of Values Occurs in a Range

Published on Feb 1, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Formula Forensics, Huis, Posts by Hui
Formula Forensics No. 010 Count How Many Times a List of Values Occurs in a Range

Count How Many Times a List of Values Occurs in a Range
(or How Can I Simplify My Formula)

Today in Formula Forensics we look at how to count how many times a range of values occurs within a Range of cells and in the process simplify a very nasty formula.

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Custom Number Formats (Multiply & Divide by any Power of 10)

Published on Jan 31, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Huis, Posts by Hui
Custom Number Formats (Multiply & Divide by any Power of 10)

In the past here at Chandoo.org and at many many other sites, people have asked the question
“How can I display a number multiplied or divided by 10, 100, 1000, 1000000 etc, but still have the cell maintain the original number for use in subsequent calculations”.

Typically the answer has been limited to “It can’t be done” or “it can only be done in multiples of 1000”.

This post will show you how you can display numbers whilst Dividing or Multiplying the cells value by any Power of 10 !

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