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Highlight Quarters, Weekends in pivot reports using styles [quick tip]

Highlight Quarters, Weekends in pivot reports using styles [quick tip]

Here is a quick pivot table tip.

When reporting summaries by month, it would be better to highlight 3 months at a time (Jan, Feb, Mar in one color, Apr, May, Jun in another color) than showing all in one color. Today, lets learn how to do this in easiest possible way.

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Show monthly values & % changes in one pivot table

Show monthly values & % changes in one pivot table

Pivot tables are great help when analyzing lots of data. One of the common questions managers & analysts ask (when looking at monthly sales data for example) is,

How is the monthly performance of our teams (or regions, products etc.)?

A pivot report can answer this question in a snap. Today lets learn how to do that.

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Write a formula to check if two dates are in same month? [homework]

Write a formula to check if two dates are in same month? [homework]

Its Home work time folks. Sharpen your Excel pencils and get cracking.

Find out if 2 dates are in same month

Lets say you have 2 dates in A1, A2.

Q1. What formula tells us if both of them are in same month?

Both dates must be in same month & year!

Go ahead and post your answer in comments.

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Journey of Hurricane Sandy – Animated Excel Chart

Journey of Hurricane Sandy – Animated Excel Chart

Hurricane Sandy has taken front seat in all major news channels, papers, websites even in far off places like India. I hope & pray that our readers in US East coast are safe.

Today, lets understand the journey of Hurricane Sandy in this animated chart, prepared by Chris from Excel365.

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Why am I killing Vitamin XL?

Why am I killing Vitamin XL?

About 10 days ago, I have introduced Vitamin XL – our membership program and asked for your feedback. I got several enthusiastic responses (both for and against it).

I have decided to go ahead and kill this product idea. Please read to understand why.

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Designing a Project Portfolio Dashboard [Part 1 of 2]

Designing a Project Portfolio Dashboard [Part 1 of 2]

In this 2 part tutorial, we will learn how to design a project portfolio dashboard. Part 1 will focus on user needs & design. Part 2 on Excel implementation.

Background
As you may know, we sell a set of Excel Project Management templates. These templates help plan, track, manage & report a project right from Excel.

While these templates good, they have one limitation. They work for one project at a time. Many customers have asked me if I come up with a project portfolio dashboard that can tell what is going on in a set of projects in one view.

And that is where we begin.

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Even faster ways to Extract file name from path [quick tip]

Even faster ways to Extract file name from path [quick tip]

The best thing about Excel is that you can do the same thing in several ways. Our yesterdays problem – Extracting file name from full path is no different. There are many different ways to do it, apart from writing a formula. Learn these techniques to be a data extraction ninja.

1. Using find replace
2. Using text to columns
3. Using UDFs

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