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Excel Formatting Tips – Gangnam Style [open thread]

Published on Oct 5, 2012 in Learn Excel
Excel Formatting Tips – Gangnam Style [open thread]

Ever seen a glaring, over the top, wow-I-am-sooo-cool type of spreadsheet? Lets call them Gangnam spreadsheets!

Gangnam what?!?

If you have never heard about Gangnam style, do not worry. Just like you I too was living under a rock for about a week ago. Then I watched the awesome Gangnam style song. And now I am hooked. You can see it here.

What has all this got to do with Excel?
Oh I am coming to the point. One of the key ingredients of being awesome in Excel is,

To make our Excel workbooks communicate best by avoiding over the top formatting, unnecessary bells & whistles and focusing on what our users want.

But Excel being a feature rich software, it does have various so called Gangnam styles - superfluous 3d effects, formatting options, charting choices and as such.

Today, lets talk Excel formatting – Gangnam style

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Offset() function to Calculate IRR for Dynamic Range

Published on Oct 4, 2011 in Financial Modeling

Offset() function to Calculate IRR for Dynamic Range When you start the project can you be sure, for how long will you operate it? A VC gives you funds to buy a commercial project. You are to operate the project for some time and then sell it off! Can you tell me today, when you […]

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Simplicity is a Virtue – BASE Rule

Published on Aug 9, 2011 in Financial Modeling
Simplicity is a Virtue – BASE Rule

On a cup of green tea with a friend I grabbed the golden rule of accounting. It is simple (You can easily miss if it came your way!) and can be applied to almost all the accounts (Depreciation, Gross Block, Cash, Equity, Debt) – You name it, and you have to use it! So concentrate […]

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Sumproduct function to Consolidate Revenues?

Published on Jul 12, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Financial Modeling

Chandoo.org is all about simplifying life using Excel. When I first started visiting the site, I was amazed at the amount of information on the site, which made your life easier. My next few posts would be about excel functions which can make your life for Financial Modeling easier! These are simple examples that you […]

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Understanding Backstage view in Excel 2010

Published on May 21, 2010 in Excel Howtos
Understanding Backstage view in Excel 2010

In the last installment of excel 2010 features, we will explore the backstage view (or file menu) in Excel 2010.
Background on Backstage view:

Most of the windows based applications have a File menu. This is the usual place you go to create, open, save, save as, print and close. In Office 2007, Microsoft ditched menu based navigation and introduced Ribbon. They moved all the formatting, pivot, charting, formula, print etc. options to various individual ribbon tabs. But they couldn’t move the functionality of File menu to a separate ribbon. Instead, they moved all this functionality to Office button – a clone of file menu.

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How to make new ribbons in Excel 2010?

Published on May 20, 2010 in Excel Howtos
How to make new ribbons in Excel 2010?

Starting Excel 2010, you can finally customize the ribbon UI and define your own tabs or groups. This can be a huge productivity boost for people using MS Office applications. In this post, learn how to customize excel ribbon to improve your productivity.

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What are Excel Sparklines & How to use them? [Excel 2010]

Published on May 18, 2010 in Charts and Graphs
What are Excel Sparklines & How to use them? [Excel 2010]

As part of Excel 2010, Microsoft has introduced an exciting and new charting feature called as “sparklines”. Edward Tufte coined the term sparkline and defined it as, “intense, simple, word-sized graphics”. I think adding sparklines to Excel’s pack of visualizations is a huge step in the right direction. Sparklines (often called as micro-charts) add rich visualization capability to tabular data without taking too much space. While MS’ implementation of Sparklines in Excel 2010 leaves a lot to be desired, it provides a solid platform and introduces this powerful charting idea to masses.

In this post, we explore sparklines in excel 2010 and learn how to use them. You can find several tips and ideas on implementing sparklines in your upcoming report.

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101 Excel Secrets – Recommended E-Book

Published on Mar 31, 2010 in products
101 Excel Secrets – Recommended E-Book

Francis J Hayes runs probably one of the most popular excel news letters. His email newsletter, called as “The Excel Addict” has an interesting nugget, tip or trick every week. I have been reading his emails for the last few months and I really enjoy them. So naturally I got curious when I heard about Francis’ e-book titled “101 Secrets of a Microsoft Excel Addict“. Yesterday I purchased a copy of the book and there are so many hidden gems in the book that I had to tell you about it.

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Adding Calculated Fields to Pivot Table P&L [part 3 of 6]

Published on Feb 25, 2010 in Learn Excel, Pivot Tables & Charts
Adding Calculated Fields to Pivot Table P&L [part 3 of 6]

This is part 3 of 6 on Profit & Loss Reporting using Excel series, written by Yogesh Data sheet structure for Preparing P&L using Pivot Tables Preparing Pivot Table P&L using Data sheet Adding Calculated Fields to Pivot Table P&L Exploring Pivot Table P&L Reports Quarterly and Half yearly Profit Loss Reports in Excel Budget […]

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Use CTRL+F1 to collapse ribbon [super-mini-quick-tip]

Published on Dec 9, 2009 in Learn Excel
Use CTRL+F1 to collapse ribbon [super-mini-quick-tip]

In office 2007 (and 2010) you can immediately collapse the ribbon by pressing CTRL+F1. Thanks to Loranga for sharing this tip. More ribbon goodness | Free e-book to learn Excel Ribbon

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Findout Thanksgiving Day’s Date for Any Year [Excel Formulas]

Published on Nov 25, 2009 in Learn Excel
Findout Thanksgiving Day’s Date for Any Year [Excel Formulas]

Every year, on 4th Thursday of November, folks in US celebrate Thanksgiving day. A similar holiday exists in Canada too, they celebrate it on Second Monday of Every October.We will celebrate thanksgiving in PHD style, by sharing a wacky formula tip.

Today, we are going to learn how to use excel formulas to find out thanksgiving day’s date for any year.

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Transpose Excel Rows and Columns [Quick Tip + Video]

Published on Nov 18, 2009 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Transpose Excel Rows and Columns [Quick Tip + Video]

Transposing rows and columns in a table is one of the most useful tricks when you are pasting data. Yet, it always surprises me that very few people actually know this. So here it is…

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Twins, Clones and Duplicates – 6 Excel Shortcuts from an Excited Dad

Published on Sep 25, 2009 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
Twins, Clones and Duplicates – 6 Excel Shortcuts from an Excited Dad

I could barely sleep last night. Even though I came home, my heart was in that hospital room only. I got up at 5:30, and came to see my wife and kids by 7:30. Now that they all are sleeping, I can quickly whip an excel post, to help you make twins, clones and duplicates.

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Master Excel 2007 Ribbon with this Free Learning Guide

Published on Sep 17, 2009 in Featured, Learn Excel

Over the last few years, there has been much debate about the merits and perils of Microsoft Ribbon UI in Excel 2007. Personally I think ribbon is a good way to explore an application. I have gotten used to it since I tested excel 2007 for first time. Now, during the rare occasions I work […]

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How to get tick marks in Excel? [custom cell formatting]

Published on Sep 15, 2009 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
How to get tick marks in Excel? [custom cell formatting]

Here is tricky scenario, faced by Basil, our forum member, “I want to have Excel display a wing ding check mark when a user types “y” in a cell. I have been trying to do a substitute formula but putting the symbol in an unused portion of the spreadsheet and calling it to the selected cell but I can’t get it to work. Any thoughts?”

We can use either cell formatting or conditional formatting to achieve this.

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