Archive for September, 2012
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 »
Hello friends & Chandoo.org readers,
I am super-excited to announce an my first joint Excel course with none other than Excel Hero – Daniel Ferry. For the the first time, you get basic, intermediate, advanced & super-advanced Excel + VBA course in one neat package.
I am happy to present Excel School + Excel Hero Academy course bundle for your consideration.
What is this course bundle & How it can help you?
Simply put, this course package is designed to make you 2x awesome in Excel, VBA & Dashboards. Please watch below video to understand how our course can help you.Continue »
Today is my kids’ (we have twins – boy & girl) 3rd birthday. As we celebrate the day, I want to take a moment away from all Excel stuff and share my experience being a dad. Grab a cup of coffee or whatever keeps you going, relax and read on.Continue »
Business analysis & modeling are new areas where a lot of fresh graduates find themselves when they start work. Unfortunately, this is also an area where there is very little structured information. Thanks to Danielle’s new book, Using Excel for Business Analysis, you can understand the basics of financial modeling, good spreadsheet design & business analysis
First up, let me congratulate my good friend Danielle for the successful launch of her first book. Today, I want to share my review of this book with you.
Who is this book for?
- You are someone who uses Excel to analyze & model parts of a business,
- You are not sure how to go about it
- You started using Excel in last few years and lack structured approach to spreadsheet design
- You are a fresh MBA hoping to become an analyst
Then this book is for you.Continue »
How do we perform a Sumif on seemingly randomly spaced columns?
Today in Formula Forensics we look at a solution to do just that.
Zebra lines, the dull highlighting applied to alternative rows is a very good way to make your tables readable & pretty.
We can use either conditional formatting or table formats to quickly add zebra lines to our data.
But what if you want a little more?
What if you want to highlight, lets say 3 rows in one color and 3 in another and repeat this …Continue »
Today, lets learn OFFSET formula.
OFFSET formula gives us reference to a range, from a given starting point with given height and width in cells.
OFFSET formula syntax
OFFSET formula looks like this:
=OFFSET(starting point, rows to move, columns to move, height, width)
Starting point: This is a cell or range from which you want to offset
Rows & columns to move: How many rows & columns you want to move the starting point. Both of these can be positive, negative or zero. More on this below.
Height & width: This is the size of range you want to return. For ex. 4,3 would give you a range with 4 cells tall & 3 cells wide.
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 »
Can we make a calendar using Pivot Tables?!? Of course we can. Today let us learn a simple technique to create calendar style reports using Pivot tables. Thanks to Rob for inspiration Before making any progress, let me thank Rob from PowerPivotPro for the inspiration. Recently he wrote an article explaining how to use PowerPivot […]Continue »
Lets have some fun this Friday.
Post your favorite Spreadsheet jokes using comments. Have a big smile.
I will start:
1. A pivot table walks in to a bar and orders a beer. It says, “Put me in the same tab, will ya?”
2. A slicer and pivot chart walk in to a bar. The bartender says, “look at those bast*rds, walking around with out a pivot!”.
3. Once Excel, Access and Windows were bragging to each other. Excel says, “I once crashed so hard, it took 5 minutes to recover”. Access says, “Oh thats nothing. I once crashed and took down an entire data base. It took them 30 minutes to recover”. Windows doesn’t say anything. Excel pokes him in the arm asks “what about you?”, Windows jolts & replies, “Sorry, what did you say, I just crashed again.”
VLookup is often seen as the poor cousin in the lookup function family and often gets overlooked when it comes to looking up values due to a common misconception that Vlookup doesn’t or can’t lookup values to the left of the reference value.
Today at Formula Forensics we will explode this myth and see how to make VLookup, lookup to the Left and we’ll explain how it works.
Sometimes you want to turnoff decimal points if the value after point is 0. Mireya, Chandoo.org member had one such situation. She writes:
I am a complete beginner in excel, how can I keep the zeros when I am working with decimals and remove them when are not required.
This is where we can use General formatting. Read on to learn how General formatting works and what to do in extreme cases.Continue »
After a long time, I am writing one more Excel links post. First let me share a quick personal update.
I am invited to Lome, Togo to spend a day at Ecobank – CFO conference in 3rd week of September. I will be conducting a one day masterclass on Advanced Excel & Dashboard Reporting. I am excited about this trip as I have never been to any African country. I will post some pics and tell you how it went once I am done with the conference.
Moving on to Excel Links for today,Continue »