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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2021

Published on Dec 24, 2020 in personal
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2021

On behalf of my family, our staff, volunteers & well-wishers, Let me wish you a very happy Christmas & prosperous new year 2021. Here is a small holiday card from Chandoo.org HQ. The kids school had a cultural festival a month ago and we got this beautiful picture at a photo booth. So much better than timer controlled DSLR on dining table I must say.

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Image Lookup – How-to show dynamic picture in a cell [Excel Trick]

Published on Dec 16, 2020 in Learn Excel
Image Lookup – How-to show dynamic picture in a cell [Excel Trick]

Do you ever want to have an image or picture lookup in Excel? Something like the depiction above.

In this article, learn how to set up an image lookup using Excel. You can use this to display staff details, product images or machine parts etc.

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9 Box grid for talent mapping – HR for Excel – Template & Explanation

Published on Nov 17, 2020 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
9 Box grid for talent mapping – HR for Excel – Template & Explanation

9 box grid is a popular method for talent mapping. Download this free excel template for tracking and visualizing your employee performance & potential data.

In this article, I explain about powerful excel features like FILTER(), SORT() and CONCATENATEX() to create a similar 9 box talent map grid for your data.

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6 Must Know Line Chart variations for Data Analysis

Published on Oct 1, 2020 in Charts and Graphs
6 Must Know Line Chart variations for Data Analysis

Line charts in Excel are essential for trend analysis, spotting distribution and outliers. Use these 6 variations to get more out your line chart.

  • Indexed Line Chart
  • Sparklines
  • Spaghetti Line Chart
  • Smoothed Line Chart
  • Forecast Line Chart
  • Line Chart Combinations
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Two-level Data Validation [Excel Trick]

Published on Sep 23, 2020 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Two-level Data Validation [Excel Trick]

Ever wanted to create a two-level data validation list? You can use this simple trick to make two-level or cascading drop-down validation lists in Excel. You need some data, a pivot table and simple IF formulas to get this. Read on to understand the process and create your own two-level drop down lists in Excel.

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Excel formula to convert calendar format to table

Published on Sep 3, 2020 in Learn Excel
Excel formula to convert calendar format to table

Got some data in a calendar format and just wished you can get it in tabular format?

You can use Excel formulas or Power Query to do this. In this article, let’s review formula based approach with two excellent choices.

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Power Query Tutorial – What is it, How to use, Full examples, Tips & Tricks

Published on Aug 26, 2020 in Power Query
Power Query Tutorial – What is it, How to use, Full examples, Tips & Tricks

Power Query (Get & Transform data in Excel) is a true game changer ?. It can simplify and automate various data activities. In this in-depth blog tutorial, learn all about this powerful time-saving technology. You will learn:

* What is Power Query and how to launch it from Excel or Power BI?
* How to connect and load data from any type of sources – excel files, CSVs, text files, web pages, PDF, folders etc.
* How to perform common data cleansing activities with Power Query
* Adding columns using rules
* Automating data collection, clean-up and publishing processes with Power Query
* Web scraping with Power Query
* SQL style Joins, merges, appends and unions with Power Query
* Consolidating data in a folder
* Data load, save & publish process
* Tips & tricks on using Power Query efficiently

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Project Plan – Gantt Chart with drill-down capability [Templates]

Published on Jul 29, 2020 in Learn Excel, Templates
Project Plan – Gantt Chart with drill-down capability [Templates]

Create a gantt chart with ability to filter by levels. This drill-down gantt chart in Excel is useful for seeing activities by module or team. Read on for full instructions + downloadable template.

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Introducing Power BI Play Date – Online class to master Power BI (oh yeah, Power Query & Power Pivot too)

Published on Jul 22, 2020 in Power BI
Introducing Power BI Play Date  – Online class to master Power BI (oh yeah, Power Query & Power Pivot too)

Hello friends,

It’s here. Power BI Play Date – our online training program is now ready for your consideration. Please take a few minutes to read this to know all about the program. If you are ready to join, click here.

Check out below slideshow to see some of the reports you can create in our course. It is #AWESOME.

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How to make stream graphs in Excel?

Published on Jul 16, 2020 in Charts and Graphs
How to make stream graphs in Excel?

A stream graph or stream plot is an area chart that looks like a stream. In this post, let me show you how to create an interactive stream graph using Excel area charts. The original design for this graph is inspired from Cedric Scherer.

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These Pivot Table tricks massively save your time

Published on Jul 6, 2020 in Learn Excel, Pivot Tables & Charts
These Pivot Table tricks massively save your time

Pivot tables are powerful. Use these 6 tricks to save time when working with them. New to Pivot Tables? Check out this intro Are you new to Pivot Tables or just used them a few times? Then check out this excellent getting started with Pivot Tables guide. 1 – Double click to see details Ever […]

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50% done – mid year updates for 2020

Published on Jul 2, 2020 in personal
50% done – mid year updates for 2020

Hello folks. 50% of 2020 is behind us. Let me share a few updates with you all. First check out this awesome double rainbow outside our house on 30th June. MVP I am thrilled and humbled to tell you that I have been re-awarded Microsoft MVP for 2020 year. This is my 12th year in […]

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Top 10 Excel formulas for IT people

Published on Jun 18, 2020 in Learn Excel, Project Management
Top 10 Excel formulas for IT people

Are you in IT & use Excel often? This article explains top 10 formulas for IT professionals. Useful for project managers, IT analysts, Testing people and BAs.

We cover a 10 practical situations and explore various Excel formulas to solve them. Example workbook provides more details too.

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Lookup last non blank value – Excel Challenge

Published on Jun 12, 2020 in Excel Challenges, Learn Excel
Lookup last non blank value – Excel Challenge

I have a fun Excel lookup challenge for you. You have data as shown below and want to find the last non blank value for a given account number. For example, for acct number 2015, the answer would be Freedom. How would you solve this? Refer to this workbook for 3 possible answers. Just move […]

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Excel TEXTJOIN Function – What is it, how to use it & 3 advanced examples

Published on Jun 9, 2020 in Learn Excel
Excel TEXTJOIN Function – What is it, how to use it & 3 advanced examples

Use TEXTJOIN function to combine text values with optional delimiter. It is better than CONCATENATE because you can pass a range instead of individual cells and you can ignore empty cells too. Here is a sample use of TEXTJOIN Excel function.

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