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Excel Formula for Finding Repeated Words in a Cell

Published on Nov 11, 2008 in Learn Excel
Excel Formula for Finding Repeated Words in a Cell

If you ever need to know whether a particular word is repeated in a cell (for eg: a file extension or telephone number or name of the customer) here is how you can find it. =if(lower(cell-with-text)<>SUBSTITUTE(lower(cell-with-text),lower(word-to-check),””,2),”Yes”,”No”) We are using substitute() to replace the second occurance of a particular word and then compare this with original […]

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Excel Links of the Week – All Downloads at One Place Edition

Published on Nov 10, 2008 in excel links
Excel Links of the Week – All Downloads at One Place Edition

25+ Excel Templates – Download and Use [plug] Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get all the excel downloadables in Pointy Haired Dilbert in one simple page? Well, I did and created this simple excel templates – download page. It has 27 templates currently and I will add more as and […]

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Extracting Unique, Duplicate and Missing Items using Formulas [spreadcheats]

Published on Nov 6, 2008 in Analytics, Learn Excel
Extracting Unique, Duplicate and Missing Items using Formulas [spreadcheats]

Often I wish Microsoft had spent the effort and time on a data genie (and a set of powerful formulas) that can automate common data cleanup tasks like extracting duplicates, makings lists unique, find missing items, remove spaces etc. Alas, instead they have provided features like clippy which are intrusive to say the least. So […]

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Select & Show One Chart from Many

Published on Nov 5, 2008 in All Time Hits, Charts and Graphs, Featured, hacks, Learn Excel
Select & Show One Chart from Many

Yesterday I have learned this cool excel charting trick and I cant wait to share it with you all. The problem: I have too many charts & want to show one based on selection You have made 3 charts to show your company performance in the last 8 years. But you don’t want to clutter […]

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Relative vs. Absolute References in Formulas [spreadcheats]

Published on Nov 4, 2008 in Learn Excel
Relative vs. Absolute References in Formulas [spreadcheats]

This is the first installment of the spreadcheats series. I have used excel an year and half before I learned about the relative and absolute references. It was such a joyous feeling to find out that you can actually write one (or just a few) formulas and use the power of auto-fill to do the […]

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Excel Links of the Week [Nov 3]

Published on Nov 3, 2008 in excel links

The World’s First Music Video in Excel ACDC Rock n Roll Train This is totally cool. ACDC released an ASCII version of their “rock n roll train” video through excel spreadsheet. Why? So that you can download it at your office and watch it while your boss thinks you are working. 😀 I think this […]

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Best of Pointy Haired Dilbert – Oct 2008

Published on Nov 3, 2008 in blogging, Learn Excel

October has been another fantastic month since I stared this blog. We had 100k page views, the RSS subscriber count nearly touched 1500. There were 33 posts and 280 comments (WOW). Even our Facebook fan club reached the milestone of 10 members. For a loooong time myself and a friend whom I persuaded to join […]

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Introducing Spreadcheats – Become Supergood with Excel in 30 days

Published on Oct 31, 2008 in blogging, Learn Excel
Introducing Spreadcheats – Become Supergood with Excel in 30 days

Starting next week, PHD is going to feature a 30 post series on spreadcheats. The purpose of these posts is to make day to day spreadsheeting a breeze. Each post will be less than 200 words in size and aspires to make your day at office a little bit more productive. I have already identified […]

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Adding Box Plots to Show Data Distribution in Dashboards [Part 6 of 6]

Published on Oct 29, 2008 in Analytics, Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
Adding Box Plots to Show Data Distribution in Dashboards [Part 6 of 6]

This is a Guest Post by Robert on Visualization Techniques for Excel KPI Dashboards. This 6 Part Tutorial on Management Dashboards Teaches YOU: Creating a Scrollable List View in Dashboard Add Ability to Sort on Any KPI to the Dashboard Highlight KPIs Based on Percentile Add Microcharts to KPI Dashboards Compare 2 KPIs in the […]

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How to NOT spend $ 150,000 and still dress up your charts

Published on Oct 28, 2008 in Charts and Graphs, Featured, Learn Excel
How to NOT spend $ 150,000 and still dress up your charts

By now everyone and their grandmother must have known about how Republican National Committee has spent $ 150,000 on Sarah Palin’s clothing and make up. I am a big fan of clothes. So much that I wear them everyday. But not all of us have a committee or fund raisers to dress up ourselves, none […]

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Excel Links of the Week – What the heck happened to photographic fridays edition

Published on Oct 27, 2008 in excel links
Excel Links of the Week – What the heck happened to photographic fridays edition

Remember the photographic fridays? Some of you must be thinking whatever happened those posts? Well, my intention for writing those posts has been to get your feedback so that few of us can become better photographers. But flickr does a hell of better job for this than my little blog can. So I have decided […]

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Sports Statistics Dashboard in Excel – Few More Alternatives

Published on Oct 24, 2008 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
Sports Statistics Dashboard in Excel – Few More Alternatives

First of all, thanks everyone for making the should you always start barcharts at zero? discussion lively. Almost everyone felt that we should start bar charts at zero. After spending sometime with my initial test cricket statistics dashboard, I have created few alternatives. You can see them below. But somehow I feel that I haven’t […]

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Sorting Text in Excel using Formulas

Published on Oct 22, 2008 in Analytics, Featured, Learn Excel
Sorting Text in Excel using Formulas

Sorting text is such a day to day activity that it always surprises me why Excel hasn’t provided a simple spreadsheet formula for doing it. Of course you can use the sorting menu command (menu > data > sort) but this requires manual steps (or VBA). Most of the times we get raw textual data […]

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Reader Poll: Should the axis for bar charts always start at zero?

Published on Oct 21, 2008 in Charts and Graphs, Featured, Learn Excel
Reader Poll: Should the axis for bar charts always start at zero?

It all began with my Excel Dashboard Tutorial – Making a dashboard with player statistics. I have used bar charts with axis whose minimum is not zero, to create a dramatic effect in the charts. See below: Jon Peltier commented saying that, Rule #1: Bar and column chart value axes should start at zero. Since […]

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Sports Dashboards in Excel – A Tutorial

Published on Oct 20, 2008 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
Sports Dashboards in Excel – A Tutorial

One of my favorite cricket player, the GOD – Sachin Tendulkar has become highest test run scorer. What do I get if Sachin becomes highest scorer, you may ask. In order to celebrate this occasion I have created a cool sports dashboard in excel with some of the top test cricket players’ statistics. And, you […]

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