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How to Calculate Working Hours Between 2 Dates [Solution]

Published on Sep 10, 2010 in Learn Excel
How to Calculate Working Hours Between 2 Dates [Solution]

This post builds on earlier discussion, How many hours did Johnny work? I recommend you to read that post too. Lets say you have 2 dates (with time) in cells A1 and A2 indicating starting and ending timestamps of an activity. And you want to calculate how many workings hours the task took. Further, lets […]

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How to Paste Numbers Only [quick tip]

Published on Sep 8, 2010 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
How to Paste Numbers Only [quick tip]

Sometimes when you are working with data, you may need to just copy and paste numbers from one range to another. Here is a handy little trick to achieve that.

Use Paste Special > Add operator to paste numbers only.

1. Select the source range, press CTRL+C
2. Now, go to target range, press ALT+ES to activate paste special dialog
3. Select “Add” operator (you can press d)
4. Click ok.

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August 2010 – Best Month Ever (and 2 charting tips inside)

Published on Sep 3, 2010 in blogging, Charts and Graphs
August 2010 – Best Month Ever (and 2 charting tips inside)

Time to stop everything we do and celebrate, for, our little community at chandoo.org had the most fantastic, awesome month ever.

That is right. August 2010 has been the best month since I started chandoo.org. We have broken a majority of previous records in terms of conversations, connections, content and revenues.

In August, we had 17 posts, with 604 comments. We had 178,000 visitors reading 453,000 pages. Our RSS subscriber base grew to 11,917 (it was 5738 an year ago). August has been the best month in-terms of revenues too. We sold highest number of project management templates & excel formula e-books since launch. We had a stellar launch for wedding planner with 22 customers.

Read rest of this post to find statistics about chandoo.org and get 2 charting tips.

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Modeling & Building Cash-flow Projections for Project Valuation [Part 4,5 of 6]

Published on Sep 2, 2010 in Financial Modeling, Learn Excel
Modeling & Building Cash-flow Projections for Project Valuation [Part 4,5 of 6]

In the 4th and 5th part of our financial modeling series, we will learn how to model and build cashflow projections for project valuation.

We will understand the basics behind cash-flow modeling, what kind of non-cash expenses should be added back to get the free cash-flow. You can also get the blank and completed cash-flow projection worksheets to practice these techniques.

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How many hours did Johnny work? [Excel Homework]

Published on Aug 27, 2010 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
How many hours did Johnny work? [Excel Homework]

Today we have home work for you. You need to help Johnny figure out how many hours he worked on splitting atoms. He has crazy boss who is behind him for that timesheet. Now Johnny needs your help to write the correct formula so that he can tell his boss how many hours he worked and go home.

Go ahead and read rest of this post and tell your answers using comments. Go!

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Excel Everest – Recommended Excel Training Program

Published on Aug 25, 2010 in Learn Excel, products
Excel Everest – Recommended Excel Training Program

In todays post I review Excel Everest, an excel spreadsheet that teaches you how to use excel. In this post I am going to review the product and recommend it you.

What more, you can get it for 20% off if you use the discount code chandoo. Go ahead and read rest of the review.

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Building Inputs & Assumptions Sheets – Excel Financial Modeling [Part 3 of 6]

Published on Aug 23, 2010 in Financial Modeling, Learn Excel
Building Inputs & Assumptions Sheets – Excel Financial Modeling [Part 3 of 6]

In the third part of our series on Excel Financial Modeling, we teach you how to make an assumptions worksheet to keep track of various investment, working capital and operational assumptions related to project valuation in place.

You can also download the blank worksheet in which you can fill-up assumptions after reading the business case.

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How do you make charts when you have lots of small values but few extremely large values? [Debate]

Published on Aug 20, 2010 in Charts and Graphs, Featured, Learn Excel
How do you make charts when you have lots of small values but few extremely large values? [Debate]

Here is an interesting charting problem we come across once in a while. We have a lot of small numbers and a few very large numbers. How do we effectively plot all of them in a chart?

Now, how do you go about making a chart?

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Jump to Any Cell / Worksheet using Name Box [Quick Tip]

Published on Aug 16, 2010 in Learn Excel
Jump to Any Cell / Worksheet using Name Box [Quick Tip]

Welcome back. Did you have a good weekend?

We ate fish, watched a movie, had hilarious moments watching the kids and didn’t even leave the house for anything other than to buy some fish.

Coming back to Excel, I want to share a simple productivity tip with all of you. I accidentally learned this and now I use it often to speed up when I am working on large excel files.
Jump to Any Cell / Worksheet using Name Box

If you want to quickly jump to a named range or another worksheet, here is a quick trick. Just enter that name or address in the name box (top-left corner, next to formula bar). And bingo, you are on the target cell or sheet.

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What is the most unusual thing you have used Excel for? [Quick Poll]

Published on Aug 13, 2010 in Featured, Learn Excel
What is the most unusual thing you have used Excel for? [Quick Poll]

Ok. This is quick and short. What is the most weird, unusual, out of the world thing you have used excel for?

I have used excel to generate and clean a list of tags for this blog, to keep track of which movies I have seen in the IMDb Top 250 list, to simulate monopoly board game, just so I can play it better than my wife ;) etc.

What about you? Share using comments.

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Take your Excel Baby Steps with 89 Minutes of FREE Online Training

Published on Aug 11, 2010 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel

I don’t remember when was the last time both of us (Jo and I) were this excited. And the reason?

Nakshatra and Nishanth have started taking their first steps last week !!!

It is such a joy watching them take one step at a time. Aah, the beauty of parenting :)

So I asked myself, “What is a good way to celebrate this without looking like a super-excited dad?” and I got my answer in 72 milli-seconds.

I have created 10 short (<10 min) videos helping you to take baby steps in Excel world. Each video introduces you to one new functionality of Excel and shows you some nice examples.

Before jumping straight in to the videos, I want to share a short clip (30 seconds) of our kids taking their baby steps.

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Winner of Excel Expense Tracker Contest – RomeoG

Published on Aug 10, 2010 in blogging

Remember the excel expense tracker contest we did when our little blog hit 10,000 RSS Subs? Well, the results are out, and the winner is RomeoG. His (or her?) workbook (shown below) received 31 votes. RomeoG will receive the Toshiba net-book (this one). Thanks everyone for participating & voting. You can see the winning entry […]

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9 Excel Tips & Downloads Submitted by Our Readers [Reader Awesomeness Week]

Published on Aug 9, 2010 in Charts and Graphs, Excel Howtos, Learn Excel, VBA Macros
9 Excel Tips & Downloads Submitted by Our Readers [Reader Awesomeness Week]

Last week I announced Reader Awesomeness Week to celebrate the passion, attitude and knowledge of our little community here. I got 9 interesting and beautiful entries from our readers. In this post you can see 9 tips & downloads submitted by our readers. These include a project management template, a macro to remove blanks, a technique to make Google Earth maps using Excel and several other interesting tips & tricks.

Go ahead and read them, download attached workbooks and become awesome in Excel. :)

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Download Excel Wedding Planner Today

Published on Aug 6, 2010 in excel apps, products
Download Excel Wedding Planner Today

I am very happy to tell you that Excel Wedding Planner is ready download.

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12 Rules for Making Better Spreadsheets

Published on Aug 5, 2010 in Financial Modeling, Learn Excel
12 Rules for Making Better Spreadsheets

As part of reader awesomeness week, today I am featuring a list that Larry sent me with 12 beautifully defined rules for making better spreadsheets. He says that spreadsheets should be easy to understand, have a clearly defined purpose and should use Excel features as much as possible. I totally agree with him.

Read the rest of this post to find the rules and download a poster containing these rules. Thanks Larry.

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