All articles with 'Excel Tips' Tag

Highlighting Data Points in Scatter and Line Charts

Published on Nov 11, 2010 in Charts and Graphs, Excel Howtos, Posts by Hui
Highlighting Data Points in Scatter and Line Charts

Introducing a method of allowing data points to be interactively highlighted in Excel Scatter / X-Y Charts and Line Charts.
You will see a lot of these style charts in various places where you want to highlight various aspects of the chart to your audience. It is a great technique for complex scientific and engineering charts where you may have hundreds or thousands of points.

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5 Areas where Mouse Kicks Keyboard’s Butt

Published on Mar 2, 2009 in Featured, Learn Excel
5 Areas where Mouse Kicks Keyboard’s Butt

We are a big advocate of keyboard shortcuts. I think learning a handful of keyboard shortcuts can improve your productivity tremendously, whether you are using excel or firefox.

But using only keyboard shortcuts is like using only right hand. So, we have compiled 5 incredible ways mouse can help you be productive while using MS Excel.

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What is Your Opinion on Pie Charts?

Published on Feb 20, 2009 in Charts and Graphs, Featured
What is Your Opinion on Pie Charts?

Pie charts are one of the most used charts in the world. And for obvious reasons: they are simple to create and easy to understand. When it comes to pie chart, I have no clear opinion. Part of me says use them, the other says avoid them.

What is your opinion on Pie charts ?

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Review of PTS Clustered Stack Chart

Published on Feb 9, 2009 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
Review of PTS Clustered Stack Chart

My Friend and long time Microsoft Excel MVP, Jon Peltier has released a wonderful little excel charting utility called Cluster Stack Chart Utility. Out of curiosity I have mailed Jon and asked him if he could send me a copy of it so that I can review the product and recommend it to PHD reader community. He is kind enough to mail the add-in to me and here goes my review of the tool.

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Write Your Own Twitter Client using Microsoft Excel

Published on Feb 5, 2009 in excel apps, Featured, Learn Excel
Write Your Own Twitter Client using Microsoft Excel

Learn how you can write your own twitter client using Excel. All it takes is excel, internet connection and 5 minutes of spare time.

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Best of PHD – Jan 2009

Published on Feb 3, 2009 in blogging, Learn Excel

Here is a list of 5 best posts from Jan 2009. Automatically Insert Time Stamps in Excel [12 comments], Excel Formula Wish list [25 comments], 6 ways to stack your column charts [17 comments], Hide worksheet tabs in excel [14 comments], 100 Excel Tips & Resources [10 comments]

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100 Excel Tips & Resources to Celebrate 2000 RSS Subscribers

100 Excel Tips & Resources to Celebrate 2000 RSS Subscribers

Hurray, PHD blog crossed 2000 RSS Subscriber base. This is a very significant milestone for me.

To celebrate this occasion we have a mega post: 100 Excel & Charting Tips, Tricks and Resources for you.

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Excel Links of the Week – Minor Changes to PHD edition

Published on Jan 26, 2009 in blogging, excel links
Excel Links of the Week – Minor Changes to PHD edition

There are some minor changes to PHD sidebar layout and feed address. Also, in this week’s featured links learn how to Understand Stock Charts in Excel, Choose the Right Chart Using this Flow Chart, Quickly Create Named Ranges using F4 Key, Print Multiple Areas by Creating a Consolidation Sheet and Get a List of Filenames in a Directory to Excel using Browser

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Do you know how to KISS, Wall Street Journal Does!

Do you know how to KISS, Wall Street Journal Does!

Do you know the “KISS” principle of chart design ?

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[Reader Poll] Stacked, Seperated or Mirrored ?

Published on Jan 21, 2009 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
[Reader Poll] Stacked, Seperated or Mirrored ?

Stacked bar charts are a popular way to depict 2 more series of related data, like sales of 2 products.But there are several ways to stack the bars in a bar chart. Here is a list of 6 ways to stack them

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Visualizing Search Terms on Travel Sites – Excel Dashboard

Published on Jan 19, 2009 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
Visualizing Search Terms on Travel Sites –  Excel Dashboard

Microsoft excel bubble chart based Visualization to understand how various travel sites compete search terms

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Why No One Likes Your Pie Charts (And What to Do About It)

Published on Jan 16, 2009 in Charts and Graphs, Featured, Learn Excel
Why No One Likes Your Pie Charts (And What to Do About It)

9 charting tricks you can use to make your pie charts likable

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What are the formulas you wish Excel had ?

Published on Jan 13, 2009 in Featured, Learn Excel

Here is a list of formulas I wish MS Excel had. Alas, we need to build some work-arounds to solve them though.

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Weekly Excel Links – Issues with Hosting of PHD

Published on Jan 6, 2009 in excel links

Over the weekend I got thinking about the various ways in which PHD can help you and I wonder if PHD should have forums. For one, forums are a great way to discuss ideas, find answers and develop community feeling. But at the same time, there are tons of very good excel forums that having another one may not really help. Currently I am leaning towards starting a forum to see how it goes. What do you think I should do ?

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Happy New Year to all PHD Readers

Published on Dec 31, 2008 in blogging, Featured, Learn Excel
Happy New Year to all PHD Readers

Happy New Year to all my readers. I am sure 2008 has been many things to many people, but I am hoping it has been an year of productivity and happiness for you. Here is to wishing a great, no, fantastic 2009 for you and your family.

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