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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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What is XLOOKUP? 13 formula examples to really understand it

Published on Sep 5, 2019 in Excel Howtos
What is XLOOKUP? 13 formula examples to really understand it

Over the last few days Microsoft released XLOOKUP formula to the early adopters of Excel. Think of XLOOKUP as VLOOKUP 2.0. In this post, learn all about the function, syntax, optional parameters and 13 xlookup examples.

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Excel Pivot Tables Tutorial : What is a Pivot Table and How to Make one

Excel Pivot Tables Tutorial : What is a Pivot Table and How to Make one

Excel pivot tables are very useful and powerful feature of MS Excel. They can be used to summarize, analyze, explore and present your data. In plain English, it means, you can take the sales data with columns like salesman, region and product-wise revenues and use pivot tables to quickly find out how products are performing in each region.

In this tutorial, we will learn what is a pivot table and how to make a pivot table using excel.

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How to trace precedents in Excel formulas? [tip+music from Prague]

Published on May 22, 2019 in Excel Howtos
How to trace precedents in Excel formulas? [tip+music from Prague]

Here is a very useful and almost secret Excel tip for you. Imagine you are looking at a big, complex workbook with lots of calculations. You want to understand where everything is pointing to and how the workbook is set up.

You can use trace precedents in Excel to do this. Read this tip to learn how it works.

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Circular Arc – Doughnut Charts

Published on May 16, 2019 in Charts and Graphs, Excel Howtos, Huis, Posts by Hui
Circular Arc – Doughnut Charts

Learn how to make a Circular Arc Chart in Excel.

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VLOOKUP multiple matches – trick

Published on Apr 16, 2019 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
VLOOKUP multiple matches – trick

We all know that VLOOKUP can find first match and return the results. But what if you want all the matches? Use this simple trick instead.

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Hui’s World ! – An Excel Project of Global Scale.

Published on Oct 23, 2018 in 3D Maps (non Power Maps), Excel Howtos, Huis, Posts by Hui
Hui’s World ! – An Excel Project of Global Scale.

Hui’s World is an advanced Excel animated chart displaying the Earth, Continents, Countries and States and key geographical features.
This post will describe how it works and how it was made.

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Lenient lookup [Advanced Formula Trick]

Published on Sep 13, 2018 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Lenient lookup [Advanced Formula Trick]

We all know VLOOKUP (or INDEX+MATCH) as an indispensable tool in our Excel toolbox. But what if you want the lookups to be a little gentler, nicer and relaxed?

Let’s say you want to lookup the amount $330.50 against a list of payments. There is no exact match, but if we look 50 cents in either direction, then we can find a match. Here is a demo of what I mean.

Unfortunately, you can’t convince VLOOKUP to act nice.

Hey VLOOKUP, I know you are awesome and all, but can you cut me some slack here? 

VLOOKUP is tough, reliable and has a cold heart. Or is it?

In this post, let’s learn how to do lenient lookups.

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Performing Maths in Microsoft Word (In an Excel Blog)

Published on Aug 28, 2018 in Excel Howtos, Huis, Posts by Hui, Word
Performing Maths in Microsoft Word (In an Excel Blog)

Learn to how perform Maths on Tables of Numbers in Microsoft Word.

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Calculate travel time and distance between two addresses using Excel + Maps API

Published on Jul 19, 2018 in Excel Howtos
Calculate travel time and distance between two addresses using Excel + Maps API

Ever wanted to calculate distance using Excel  – between two locations (physical addresses)? If we know the addresses, we can go to either Google Maps or Bing Maps and type them out to find the distance and travel time. But what if you are building some model (or calculator) and want to find out the […]

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100+ Excel Formula Examples + List

Published on Jun 27, 2018 in Excel Howtos
100+ Excel Formula Examples + List

The first step of getting awesome in Excel is to understand that you can ask Excel do things for you. This is done by speaking a special language called as “Excel Formulas”. When you write a formula or function, you are asking Excel to figure out something from the values you have. Say you want to add up a bunch of values in a range A1:A10, you can ask Excel to do this for you by writing =SUM(A1:A10) and bingo, you get the result immediately. The best part is, if your numbers change, the answer changes too.

If you are a beginner, the world of Excel formulas can feel overwhelming. Why not? There are hundreds of different formulas in Excel.  So which formulas should you learn?

This guide gives you the answer. Here are 100+ most common Excel formula examples for every occasion. Each box describes a problem statement, an example, result, some notes and link to learn more. Use this guide to learn formulas quickly.

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How to use Date & Time values in Excel – a handy guide

Published on Jun 20, 2018 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
How to use Date & Time values in Excel – a handy guide

How to use Excel Date values, formulas and tipsExcel date time features are very handy and knowing how to use Excel date values can help you save a ton of time in your day to day spreadsheet chores. Let us prepare for your date with the sheet using these 10 handy tips.

Before jumping on to the tips, it helps to know how excel represents the date and time.

Microsoft Excel stores dates as sequential numbers … January 1, 1900 is serial number 1, and 20 June, 2018 is serial number 43271 because it is 43,271 days after January 1, 1900. Excel stores times as decimal fractions because time is considered a portion of a day. [Excel Help Text on Date / Time]

So you see, Date and Time are in fact numbers in Excel. Just enter a date in your excel sheet and format it as number to see its equivalent numeric value. If a date is 20-June-2018 and excel represents it as 43271.

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Excel Tables Tutorial & 13 Tips for making you a Data Guru

Published on Jun 13, 2018 in Excel Howtos, Featured, Learn Excel
Excel Tables Tutorial & 13 Tips for making you a Data Guru

Excel table is a series of rows and columns with related data that is managed independently. Excel tables, (known as lists in excel 2003) is a very powerful and supercool feature that you must learn if your work involves handling tables of data.

What is an excel table?

Table is your way of telling excel, “look, all this data from A1 to E25 is related. The row 1 has table headers. Right now we just have 24 rows of data. But I can add more later!”

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