About me: Hui
Hi. My name is Ian Huitson but everyone, except my Mum, calls me Hui…
I work as a Consulting Mining Engineer in Perth, Australia. I have a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Mining) from the Ballarat College of Advanced Education in Australia.
I am passionate about scheduling and budgeting, simulation and mathematics but more importantly is their application to real world problems.
I have been using spreadsheets since Visicalc and have used Lotus 123, Open Access, Quatro Pro, 20/20 and Excel.
I was first awarded a Microsoft MVP (Excel) Award in October 2013 for my contributions to the Excel community. The award was renewed in 2014, 15, 16, 17 & 2018.
I should add that these contributions are mostly here at Chandoo.org and at Excel Hero, see below.
Why do I start equations with a =+ ? Because Open Access used to start equations with a + and it has just stuck, although I am getting better at not doing this.
Open Access also had a great function ! which I often wish Excel had. In use you could do something like convert Celsius to Fahrenheit Enter =(9/5)*!+32 into a cell. Then enter say 20 into the same cell and the cell would display 70. The ! took the input directly into the cell and used it in the formula and displayed the answer in the same cell. The cell still has the equation.
I am married to Eva, and have 5 children and 1 grandson. You can see a few wedding snaps here.
In 2009 I took 9 months off work and we did a bit of traveling and during this time I started answering questions on Chandoo’s, newly setup, forums where I have helped out ever since.
In May 2010, Chandoo asked me would I write an article on Monte-Carlo Simulation after I had described the process in a post response. This resulted in the well received Data Tables & Monte Carlo Simulations in Excel a Comprehensive Guide. I have written a further 100+ posts since then as well as Starting and Authoring the Formula Forensics Series.
My favorite post is: Dynamic Dancing Pendulums
My favorite post by someone else is Lukes: Extract a sub list according to Criteria using Formula
The question most asked of me is: “How do I become great at Excel?”
If you really want to learn how to use Excel, my First suggestion is to attach yourself to a Forum and start answering questions and pull apart how other have answered the same question. You will be amazed at how quickly your skills improve. The Chandoo.org Forums are a great community to start in.
I hope you enjoy my contributions below:
Posts by Hui…
Performing Maths in Microsoft Word (In an Excel Blog) (Coming soon)
1 Control 3 cells (New)
How to Even out Teams using Solver (New)
Conditionally Format Chart Data Labels
Adding lots of Goal Seeking to a Model
We want your Ideas 2016
Stacked Bar/Column Chart with Indicator Arrows – Advanced
Stacked Bar and Indicator Arrow Chart – Tutorial
Setup a Conditional Formatted Donut Chart
Apply Conditional Formatting using Slicers
Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Reader Contributions Edition
Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Reader Contributions Edition Prequel
Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Notable Excel Sites Edition
Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Chandoo.org Excel Ninja Edition
Excel Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Hacks – Microsoft MVP Edition
What Functions is Excel missing ?
Conditionally Formatting Chart background Colors
Custom Number Formats – Colors
Calculate Pi by Throwing Hotdogs !
Hui’s Calendar Tool
Countif() Quick Tips
How to Solve an equation in Excel
Check Cells for Equality – Follow Up [Quick Tip]
How to make a Spoke Chart (Custom Excel Chart)
Displaying Text Values in Pivot Tables without VBA
In-cell Text format – 2 Quick Techniques
Custom Number Formats (Multiply & Divide by any Power of 10)
Cleaning Up Imported Data – A Recent Case Study
Fancy Posts (Not fence posts)
A technique to quickly develop custom number formats
Hui’s Excel Report Printer (Popular)
Custom Chart Axis Formats (Part 2)
Selective Chart Axis Formats
We want your Ideas – Results
3D Dancing Pendulums (Very Popular)
Automating Repetitive Tasks
We want your ideas
Analyse Data like a Super Hero
Advanced Sumproduct Queries
LOST Excel Functions
Using Solver to Put items into Buckets
Dummy Data & random Functions
How to Make a 5 Star Chart (Like Amazon.com)
Beam Me Up Scotty – Excel Hyperlinks
Form Controls – Adding Interactivity to Your Worksheets
Are You Trendy? (Part 1) – Trendlines and Forecasting in Excel) (Popular)
Are You Trendy? (Part 2)
Are You Trendy? (Part 3)
Worksheet Properties via a menu
Data validation using an unsorted column with duplicate entries as a source list
The Selection Pane
WordArt in Excel
Highlight Excel Chart Data Points
Hiding Error Messages
Analysing Large Data Tables
Export Excel Data to a Word Report (Popular)
Extract a Unique list using a Pivot Table
Data Tables, Monte-Carlo Simulations and Mandelbrots (Very Popular)
Formula Forensics No. 001 – Using an Array to Find and Count the occurrences of a word
Formula Forensics No. 002 – Joyce’s Question
Formula Forensics No. 004 – Fred’s Problem
Formula Forensics No. 005 – Zebra and Checker Boards
Formula Forensics No. 006 – Palindromes
Formula Forensics No. 007 – Sumproduct (Very Popular)
Formula Forensics No. 008 – Elkhan’s MaxIf
Formula Forensics No. 009 – Pradhishnair’s Chainage
Formula Forensics No. 010 – Count How Many Times a List of Values Occurs in a Range
Formula Forensics No. 011 – Lyke’s Formula
Formula Forensics No. 012 – A Neat Formula
Formula Forensics No. 013 – On Vacation (EHA Showcase)
Formula Forensics No. 014 – Faseeh’s Formula
Formula Forensics No. 015 – Cornelia’s Price Rises
Formula Forensics No. 016 – Suzannes DJIA Average
Formula Forensics No. 018 – Retrieving the Nth number from a Range with Gaps
Formula Forensics No. 019 – Extract Time from Strings
Formula Forensics No. 020 – Bhavik’s Monthly Workingdays Formula
Formula Forensics No. 021 – Extract the 4th Slash
Formula Forensics No. 022 – Adding up the Odd Numbers between 1 and 100
Formula Forensics No. 023 – Counting and Adding Values in Filtered Tables with Criteria
Formula Forensics No. 024 – Is my Number a Prime ?
Formula Forensics No. 025 – Count Unique Values in a Range
Formula Forensics No. 026 – Highlight Only Duplicate Entries
Formula Forensics No. 027 – Remove Leading Zeroes
Formula Forensics No. 028 – It’s Just a Jump to the Left
Formula Forensics No. 029 – SumIf with Inconsistent Column Layouts
Formula Forensics No. 033 – Interpolation
Formula Forensics No. 034 – Extract words from a Cell where they exist in a list
Formula Forensics No. 035 – Average the last 3 values greater than 0
Formula Forensics No. 037 – How to Subtotal a Filtered List
Formula Forensics No. 003 b – How to Extract Records from a List matching Multiple Criteria
Formula Forensics No. 038 – Find which worksheet a value came from
Formula Forensics No. 039 – How to do a 2D or 3D reverse lookup of a value
Formula Forensics No. 040 – Apportion Sales according to Multiple Criteria
Formula Forensics No. 041 – Roman Numerals to Numbers
Formula Forensics No. 042 – Reverse a Text String using a Formula (New)
Formula Forensics No. 043 – Conditional Rank, Rankifs() Functionality (New)
Hui’s Excel Hacks
The following are other people’s posts where I have hacked in and added my 2 cents worth. Typically this will be an extension or addition to the existing post, or maybe an alternative use of a technique etc
Road Trip Planner
Posts about Hui…
1,000 Forum Posts
Happy Birthday Dashboard
What’s Your Excel Age?
Story of 3 Excel Ninjas
Chandoo visits Perth
Chandoo.org produces its Second MVP
Calculate Pi by Throwing Hotdogs ! (New)
Motion Induced Blindness
Excel Dancing Pendulums (Popular)
Counter-Intuitive Illusory Contours
M. C. Escher
In the early 2000’s I used to be a Beta Tester for John Walkenbachs PUP utilities.
During this period John and I would correspond regularly.
When I developed the Excel Mandelbrot without VBA I sent John a copy
Unbeknown to me John acknowledged the effort with this: Excel 2007 Bible
References from Other Sites:
Newton Excel Bach
7 Most amazing things you can do with excel
I will be continuing to write small posts of a practical nature here at Chandoo.org and look forward to your input and suggestions.
If you have Excel questions please direct them to the Chandoo.org Forums where they will be looked at quickly by myself or any of a number of other Excel Ninjas or Excel users.
If you are appreciative of the above volume of work and would like to assist me in future endeavors or you feel like thanking me through a monetary donation:
For other general use please email me at:
ihuitson [at] gmail [dot] com
Please Do Not befriend me on Facebook, Linkedin etc. I reserve those sites for my direct friends and true business acquaintances. I don’t want to offend you by not accepting your request.
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