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Introducing…Structured References for PivotTables

Published on Oct 18, 2014 in hacks, Pivot Tables & Charts, Posts by Jeff, Random, VBA Macros

Howdy folks. Jeff here, bringing you a Public Service Announcement: Thanks to the magic of VBA , Structured PivotTable References are coming to a PivotTable near you! Structured References for PivotTables? So what? Well, because PivotTables are the best bit of ‘old’ Excel, and Tables are the best thing about ‘new’ Excel, and it’s about […]

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Big trouble in little spreadsheet

Published on Jan 17, 2014 in Excel Howtos, hacks, Learn Excel, Posts by Jeff

Howdy folks. Jeff here. I recently gave a presentation on Excel efficiency to a bunch of analysts, in which – among other things – I’d pointed out that if you ever find yourself having to switch calculation to Manual, there’s probably something wrong with your spreadsheet. Here’s the slide:   This prompted one of the […]

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I said your spreadsheet is really FAT, not real PHAT!

Published on Sep 29, 2013 in hacks, Posts by Jeff, Random

Howdy folks. Jeff Weir here, borrowing the keys of Chandoo’s blog so I can drive home a serious public service announcement. At Chandoo’s excellent post What are best Excel interview questions? you’ll find some great comments to help you land that next job, in the rare case that the someone interviewing you actually knows something […]

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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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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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Replace Radar Charts with Tables to Make Comparison Easy

Published on Oct 7, 2008 in Charts and Graphs, hacks, ideas, Learn Excel
Replace Radar Charts with Tables to Make Comparison Easy

In Petal Charts – an Alternative to Radar Charts I have suggested using a radar chart tweak to replace the radar charts. Both PTSBlog and Information Ocean have posted their critical reviews of these petal charts. So as a penance for proposing petals, I am going to provide a tutorial on creating a comparison table […]

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Hack together a Gauge Chart in Excel without sweat

Published on Sep 9, 2008 in Charts and Graphs, hacks, Learn Excel
Hack together a Gauge Chart in Excel without sweat

Gauges are a familiar metaphor, everyone can understand them, you can see them everywhere – near your stove, ac, car, gaming console, pc – you name it. So, when you are preparing a chart to tell a point, gauge chart like the one above can be effective. (I know charting pros like Jon Peltier wouldn’t […]

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Display symbols in excel chart axis

Published on Aug 21, 2008 in Charts and Graphs, hacks, ideas, Learn Excel

Here is a quick excel tip to make your charts look professional by showing symbols in the axis labels instead of text. Just follow these 4 simple steps: First identify the symbols you want to show on the axis or as data label from symbol fonts like webdings, wingdings or a custom dingbat font like […]

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Switch between firefox tabs using mouse scroll wheel

Published on Aug 19, 2008 in hacks, technology
Switch between firefox tabs using mouse scroll wheel

Firefox 3 has a ton of extremely useful productivity features and as I keep using it, I discover more and more of them. Here is one I found extremely useful and simple: When you have lots of tabs open, in order to switch between the tabs, place mouse pointer on any of the tab titles […]

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Conditionally play sounds when a cell value changes

Published on Aug 4, 2008 in hacks, Learn Excel

Blog reader Richard asks through email: I’m a non-programing user of Excel. I import stock prices, using what is called ( I believe) a dde link, into my spreadsheets,from a trading program. I would like to add a feature to my spreadsheets that, like conditional formatting, alerts me to a price change in a cell, […]

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Excel can be Exciting – 15 fun things you can do with your spreadsheet in less than 5 seconds

Published on Aug 1, 2008 in All Time Hits, Featured, hacks, ideas, Learn Excel
Excel can be Exciting – 15 fun things you can do with your spreadsheet in less than 5 seconds

Who said Excel takes lot of time / steps do something? Here is a list of 15 incredibly fun things you can do to your spreadsheets and each takes no more than 5 seconds to do. Happy Friday 1. Change the shape / color of cell comments Just select the cell comment, go to draw […]

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Mute conversations in Gmail to not follow a specific thread of mails

Published on Jul 24, 2008 in hacks, technology

Do you know that you can mute conversations in gmail if you are do not want to see that lengthy thread on single subjected that people wont give up. Just select the mail / conversation you want to mute Click on “More actions” and select “mute” Enjoy the bliss If you want search for muted […]

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Extract URLs from an excel spreadsheet cell using UDFs

Published on Jul 23, 2008 in hacks, Learn Excel, technology

Often my work involves processing web page data in excel sheets. This includes extracting the hyperlinks from cell contents. There is no formula for extracting hyperlinks though, you can right click on cell and choose “edit hyperlink” to see which address the cell is linking to. But that is a tedious process especially if you […]

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Changing Sort Orientation in Excel – Sorting across columns instead of rows

Published on Jul 22, 2008 in hacks, Learn Excel, technology

change-sort-orientation-excel-columns You can sort data across columns instead of rows by changing sort options. If you ever had to sort across columns now you know a simple way to do this Follow these steps for changing sort orientation: Select the table you want to sort (just the data, not the headers as when you change […]

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Excel Bullet Graphs

Excel Bullet Graphs

Bullet graphs provide an effective way to dashboard target vs. actual performance data, the bread and butter of corporate analytics. Howmuchever effective they are, the sad truth is there is no one easy way to do them in excel. I have prepared a short tutorial that can make you a dashboard ninja without writing extensive […]

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