# 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

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 !

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

A technique to quickly develop custom number formats

Hui’s Excel Report Printer** (Popular) **

Custom Chart Axis Formats (Part 2)

3D Dancing Pendulums **(Very Popular)**

Analyse Data like a Super Hero

Using Solver to Put items into Buckets

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

Highlight Excel Chart Data Points

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)**

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**Formula Forensics Series**

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

## Posts about Hui…

Chandoo.org produces its Second MVP

## Hui’s Excel Work at ExcelHero.com

Calculate Pi by Throwing Hotdogs ! **(New)**

Excel Dancing Pendulums **(Popular)**

Counter-Intuitive Illusory Contours

## Acknowledgements:

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:

7 Most amazing things you can do with excel

## Closing:

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.**

## Donations:

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:

## Contact Hui:

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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