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Replace formulas with values with a simple wiggle

Published on Sep 8, 2014 in Excel Howtos
Replace formulas with values with a simple wiggle

Here is a very simple & fun way to replace formulas with values.

(Earlier, we talked about how to do this with keyboard)

Just wiggle.

Wiggle what?

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You can move formula help box with your mouse!!! [quick tip]

Published on Mar 12, 2014 in Learn Excel
You can move formula help box with your mouse!!! [quick tip]

One of the most useful features of Excel is formula help box. You know the little yellow box that appears as soon as you start typing a formula in a cell. I use this all the time to understand what the syntax of a particular function is, what parameters to pass etc.

Although I love it, sometimes it does get in the way when writing formulas. Because the help box sits on top of my data, often I find it hard to know which cell to link to.

Solution?!?

Simple. Use your mouse to move away the help box wherever you want.

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Work with several Excel files everyday? – Save them as a workspace [Quick tip]

Published on Mar 4, 2013 in Learn Excel
Work with several Excel files everyday? – Save them as a workspace [Quick tip]

If you work with multiple Excel workbooks everyday, then here is a handy tip.

Use Save workspace feature to save your workbook collection & layout.

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Use CTRL+Enter to Enter Same Data in to Multiple Cells [Quick Tip]

Published on Jan 9, 2012 in Excel Howtos
Use CTRL+Enter to Enter Same Data in to Multiple Cells [Quick Tip]

Here is a quick Excel tip to kick start your week.

Sometimes, we want to enter same data in to several cells. You can use CTRL+Enter to do this in a snap.

(1) Select all the cells where you want to enter the same data.
(2) Type the data
(3) Press CTRL+Enter
(4) Done!

See the animation aside to understand how this works.

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8 Tips to Make you a Formatting Pro

Published on Dec 5, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
8 Tips to Make you a Formatting Pro

We can take any Excel workbook and format it until Christmas, and we would still not be done. But not many of us have so much of time or energy. So, today, lets talk formatting.

In this, you will learn how to
1) Use tables to format data quickly
2) Change colors of your worksheet in a snap
3) Use cell styles
4) Quickly clone formatting using format painter
5) Clear formats to begin with a clean-slate
6) Formatting shortcuts
7) Formatting options for print
and 8 ) Why you should not go overboard formatting

So go ahead and become a formatting pro.

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Quickly Remove Data Validation Rules using Paste Special

Published on Mar 4, 2011 in Learn Excel
Quickly Remove Data Validation Rules using Paste Special

Here is a quick tip on removing data validation rules. We all know that data validation is a powerful feature in Excel to control what data is entered. But, sometimes, you may want to remove the rules from a set of cells. How would you do it? The normal approach is, Select the cells with […]

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Quickly Compare Data using Row Differences

Published on Feb 14, 2011 in Excel Howtos
Quickly Compare Data using Row Differences

Lets say you have some data in 2 columns and you want to compare row by row to spot the differences. Of course you can write a formula or apply conditional formatting. But there is a quick and dirty solution that works just as fine.

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220 Excel Tips, Tutorials, Templates & Resources for You [Celebrating 20k RSS Members]

Published on Jan 20, 2011 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
220 Excel Tips, Tutorials, Templates & Resources for You [Celebrating 20k RSS Members]

I have an exciting news & massive post for you.

Chandoo.org reaches 20,156 RSS Subscriber mark on Jan 19, 2011As of Jan 19, 2011, our little blog has registered our 20,000th RSS Subscriber. While this is not a huge achievement or anything, It certainly calls for celebration. I am so happy to see our mission to make people awesome in Excel is reaching out to more people everyday. Thank you.

To celebrate this milestone, I am doing a massive post with 220 Excel tips, tricks, tutorials & templates.

Formulas [52 tips]
Formatting & Conditional Formatting [36 tips]
Charting [60 tips]
Tables & Pivot Tables [15 tips]
Using Excel [47 tips]
Free Downloads [5 tips]
Recommended Resources [5 tips]

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Use Filter By Selected Cell’s Value to save time [Quick Tips]

Published on Dec 22, 2010 in Learn Excel
Use Filter By Selected Cell’s Value to save time [Quick Tips]

We are busy decorating the Christmas tree, making preparations for the holidays. But I have a very quick tip for you.

[Note: all these tips work in Excel 2007 or above]

Whenever you are working with huge lists of data, filtering & sorting is one simple way to analyze the data quickly.

You can quickly filter your data based on current cell’s value by right clicking and then selecting filter > filter by selected cell’s value.

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Merge Cells without Losing Data [Quick Tip]

Published on Dec 7, 2010 in Learn Excel, VBA Macros
Merge Cells without Losing Data [Quick Tip]

Many of us face this problem. We have some data in a few cells. Either for alignment or structure, we would like to merge the cell contents in to one big cell. But Excel wont help as it cannot merge values from all cells.

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Formatting Multiple Worksheets? Use Group Sheets option to Speed up [Quick Tip]

Published on Nov 15, 2010 in Learn Excel
Formatting Multiple Worksheets? Use Group Sheets option to Speed up [Quick Tip]

Often we come across workbooks that have similar formatting needs for multiple worksheets. For eg. you may have sales records spanning across 12 worksheets, one for each month. Now as a loyal reader of chandoo.org, you want to keep the formatting of all these worksheets consistent. So here is a quick tip to begin your work week.

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Learn an Excel Feature: Picture Links (or Camera Snapshots)

Published on Oct 19, 2010 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Learn an Excel Feature: Picture Links (or Camera Snapshots)

Today I want to introduce a new excel feature to you, called as Picture link.

Well, picture links are not really new, they are called as camera snapshots in earlier versions. They provide a live snapshot of a range of cells to you in an image. So that you can move the image, resize it, position it wherever you want and when the source cells change, the picture gets updated, immediately.

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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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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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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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