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Lets say you have a list of employees and their birthdays. Now you want to sort this list, based on their birthday, not age. How would you do it?Continue »
Here is a question someone asked me in a class recently.
“I know how to use VLOOKUP to find a value based on search term. But I have a slight variation to it. I need to extract value below the cell VLOOKUP finds.”
This is simpler than it sounds.
We can use INDEX + MATCH formulas to do this.Continue »
Last week, we had our very first quiz – “How well do you know your LOOKUPs?”. I hope you have enjoyed it.
Today lets understand the answers & explanations for this quiz.Continue »
So you think you know VLOOKUP formula? Well, test your knowledge.Continue »
If this article was a person, they would be schizophrenic. You see, it has 2 purposes:
- Give you all the details about my upcoming Power Pivot course
- Give you a solution to last week’s vacation days problem
Details about Power Pivot Course
Power Pivot, an Excel add-in makes it easy to connect, analyze & visualize massive amounts of data. This course aims to teach you how to use Power Pivot to analyze data, create advanced reports & prepare dashboards all from familiar interface of Excel. This is ideal for data analysts, reporting & MIS professionals, business analysts, managers & dashboard makers.
Its Friday, that means time for another Excel challenge for you.
Calculate vacation days in a period:
Your mission, if you choose to accept it,
Step 1: Download the hom work problem file.
Step 2: Calculate number of vacations taken in a period. Specifically,
1) How many vacations are taken between start & end dates, assuming complete vacation should be inside the start & end date period?
2) How many vacations are taken such that at least one day of vacation is between start & end dates?
3) How many people took vacations? (if same person took multiple vacations, then count it as 1)
Are you ready for an Excel challenge?
Today, your job is very simple. Just find a pattern in a text and return corresponding value.
In a range we have some resource types & their billing rates.
In another range, we have some descriptions. Each description contains a resource type somewhere inside it. We need to retrieve billing rate for each description by looking up which resource type is mentioned in it.
See above diagram.Continue »
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.Continue »
Lets test your Excel skills. Can you write a formula to check few cells are equal?
- Let us say you have four values in cells A1, A2, A3, A4
- Write a formula to check if all 4 cells have same value (ie A1=A2=A3=A4)
- Your output can be TRUE/FALSE or 1/0 to indicate a match (or mis-match)
Lets talk round numbers today.I have 18.2 tips for you on round numbers.
We can use a variety of formulas to round numbers in Excel depending on the situation. We have ROUND, ROUNDUP, ROUNDDOWN, MROUND, INT, TRUNC, CEILING, FLOOR, FIXED, EVEN, ODD and few more. To know how to use all these formulas and how to round numbers based on any criteria, just read on.Continue »
Here is a formula challenge for you. Lets say we have 2 lists of values in A1:A10 & B1:B10 Now, how do you find the number of common values in both lists? We just want the count, not list of common values it self. Go ahead and figure out the formula and post your answers […]Continue »
So who is up for a challenge? Can you use only formulas and extract dates buried inside text?
- Download this file.
- In column C, write a formula such that you can extract the date in column B
- If you succeed, post your solution here as a comment.
- If you fail, drink some coffee, start afresh.
So who is up for an Excel challenge?
Shelly, who is an HR Manager sent this distress call last week,
“I have a group of employees- lets say 100 employees. Each employee has a performance rating attached to them. I want to divide the group by 5%, 15%, 65%, 10%, 5% based on their performance rating.”
And that is our challenge today. Read on & help Shelly.Continue »
If I were to hire an data analyst, I would simply ask them to write a complex IF formula in Excel. If they can write it, the interview progresses, else, they are out. In other words,
=IF(person_can_write_big_fat_IF_formula=TRUE, proceed_with_interview, say_thanks_and_call_next_person)
If you are able to write IF formulas for any situation, then you are bound to be awesome in Excel.
So, to test how well you know your IFs & Boolean functions, let me give you a small challenge.Continue »
We briefly covered Excel’s Go To Special function in the Managing Spreadsheet Risk series and in this post, we are going to explore Go to special feature in detail and learn how to use it.
What is Go To Special?
Go To Special is a tool within Microsoft Excel that enables you to quickly select cells of a specified type within your Excel worksheet. Once you get to grips with this function and what it can be used for you will wonder how you ever lived without it. Read on…,Continue »