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Make a random sentence with Excel formulas

Published on Jan 28, 2020 in Learn Excel
Make a random sentence with Excel formulas

Ever wanted to make a random sentence or text? You can use Excel formulas to make totally random sentences. This is a great way to generate test data or dummy data-sets.

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Free 2020 Calendar Template & Daily Planner

Published on Jan 6, 2020 in Learn Excel, Templates
Free 2020 Calendar Template & Daily Planner

Happy New Year to all our readers. Let’s kick start 2020 with an awesome calendar, daily planner and monthly calendar template. Please visit the post page to download the 2020 Calendar Excel Template.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2020

Published on Dec 24, 2019 in personal
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2020

Hello readers,

On behalf of my family, our staff, volunteers & well-wishers, Let me wish you a very happy Christmas & prosperous new year 2020. Here is a small holiday card from Chandoo.org HQ. This year, we have a new addition to our family – Excel, bichon-poodle puppy has been with us for a little over one month and already became a big part of our lives.

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Come and learn from me in London – April 2020

Published on Dec 19, 2019 in Learn Excel, personal
Come and learn from me in London – April 2020

Hello readers, I have an exciting announcement for you.

I will be presenting at two events at London in April 2020. Please consider this my personal invitation and join me for Excel + Power BI fun.

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Filter as you type [Quick VBA tutorial]

Published on Dec 10, 2019 in VBA Macros
Filter as you type [Quick VBA tutorial]

Filtering a list is a powerful & easy way to analyze data. But filtering requires a lot of clicks & typing. Wouldn’t it be cool if Excel can filter as you type, something like above.

Let’s figure out how to do this using some really simple VBA code.

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Introduction to Power BI – What is it, how to get it, how to create reports with Power BI and how to publish them?

Published on Nov 8, 2019 in Power BI
Introduction to Power BI – What is it, how to get it, how to create reports with Power BI and how to publish them?

Power BI is a data analytics & visualization software. It is one of the most popular and powerful way to work with complex business data. In this page, you will find a comprehensive guide to start your Power BI journey.

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Celebrate with spider web chart [Halloween Fun]

Published on Oct 31, 2019 in Charts and Graphs
Celebrate with spider web chart [Halloween Fun]

It’s Halloween time. As adults, we can’t go trick or treating. We can of course dress up in costumes and entertain others. But what about the poor spreadsheets. Don’t they deserve some of this fun too?

Hell yeah! So I made a spider web generator in Excel. Just use it to make a spooky cob web pattern and add it to your report / dashboard / time sheet or whatever else. Surprise your colleagues.

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Using IRR with Data Tables – Modeling Cash-flow Scenarios in Excel

Published on Oct 16, 2019 in Analytics, Financial Modeling, Learn Excel
Using IRR with Data Tables – Modeling Cash-flow Scenarios in Excel

Do you want to simulate multiple cash-flow scenarios and calculate the rate of return? Then this article is for you. In this page, learn how to,

  • Introduction to IRR & XIRR functions
  • Calculate rate of return from a set of cash-flows with XIRR
  • Simulating purchase or terminal value changes with data tables
  • Apply conditional formatting to visualize the outputs
  • Common issues and challenges faced when using XIRR
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Impress with Tornado Charts in Excel

Published on Oct 7, 2019 in Charts and Graphs, Pivot Tables & Charts
Impress with Tornado Charts in Excel

It’s tornado season. Don’t freak out, I am talking about Excel tornado charts. Use them to visualize age and gender-wise KPIs. Here is a quick demo of interactive tornado chart made in Excel. Watch it and read on to learn how to make your own tornado in a spreadsheet.

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Excel Basics: How to add drop down list to validate data

Published on Sep 27, 2019 in Learn Excel
Excel Basics: How to add drop down list to validate data

Validating your data as you type can prevent any surprises when you are doing analysis / follow-up on the data. Thankfully, excel has the right tools to do it. Excel drop down list can assist you in picking up a value from a valid list to enter in a cell. Here is a short how-to […]

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Zelda Stamina Wheel Chart

Published on Sep 25, 2019 in Charts and Graphs
Zelda Stamina Wheel Chart

I have been playing Zelda: Breath of the wild a lot these days and I LOVE the game. Considered one of the BEST video games all time, BOTW is beautifully designed and offers a lot of entertainment. Don’t freak out yet, Chandoo.org hasn’t suddenly branched into a video gaming blog. Instead, I am here to talk about Stamina Wheel Chart.

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Weighted Average in Excel [Formulas]

Published on Sep 19, 2019 in Learn Excel
Weighted Average in Excel [Formulas]

Learn how to calculate weighted averages in excel using formulas. In this article we will learn what a weighted average is and how to Excel’s SUMPRODUCT formula to calculate weighted average / weighted mean.

What is weighted average?

Wikipedia defines weighted average as, “The weighted mean is similar to an arithmetic mean …, where instead of each of the data points contributing equally to the final average, some data points contribute more than others.”

Calculating weighted averages in excel is not straight forward as there is no built-in formula. But we can use SUMPRODUCT formula to easily calculate them. Read on to find out how.

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How can you analyze 1mn+ rows data – Excel Interview Question – 02

How can you analyze 1mn+ rows data – Excel Interview Question – 02

As part of our Excel Interview Questions series, today let’s look at another interesting challenge. How can you analyze more than 1 million rows data in Excel?

You may know that Excel has a physical limit of 1 million rows (well, its 1,048,576 rows). But that doesn’t mean you can’t analyze more than a million rows in Excel.

The trick is to use Data Model.

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#awesome trick – Extract word by position using FILTERXML()

Published on Sep 12, 2019 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
#awesome trick – Extract word by position using FILTERXML()

This is CRAZY!!!. I stumbled on a weird use for FILTERXML() while reading a forum post earlier today. So I couldn’t wait to test it. I am happy to share the results.

Say you have some text (sentence / phrase / keyword etc.) in a cell and you want to extract the nth word. Unfortunately Excel doesn’t have SPLIT() formula. So we end up writing obscenely long array formulas or use gazillion helper columns.

Here is the super sneaky trick. Use FILTERXML() instead.

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Show difference between cells in status bar – VBA Example

Published on Sep 10, 2019 in Excel Howtos, VBA Macros
Show difference between cells in status bar – VBA Example

We can select a few cells in Excel and quickly see their count, sum etc. in the status bar. Ever wanted to customize the status bar to show something else, say difference? You can use VBA add-ins with application level events to achieve this. In this VBA Example, we will look at how to set up a class module, application event in our personal macro add-in to customize status bar.

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