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Excel Links for you – Busy busy edition

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As the launch date for our 2nd batch of Power Pivot class nears, my plate looks fuller than ever. Fine tuning the course details, preparing our online classroom for new batch of students and coordinating with Rob for video recording etc.

But I wanted to take a few mins today and share with you some really useful Excel tricks, ideas and examples from web. I found these really useful and inspiring. I am sure you will learn from these links as much as I learned.

Excel Links for you:

Enhanced Dashboard example - Data Pig TechnologiesHow to use shapes to enhance your dashboards

Mike at Bacon Bits shows us how you can enhance dashboards with drawing shapes, shadows and layering. Very clever and cool stuff. I am going to blatantly copy Mike’s ideas for my future work 🙂

Bruce Springsteen Discography in Excel

My good friend and Excel wizard Robert shows us how to create an interactive, fun and totally awesome dashboard in Excel to visualize Bruce Springsteen discography. What can I say. It is always a joy to watch Robert’s magic with Excel. Check it out.

Ever wondered how to show multiple columns in a drop down selection?

Often when using drop down selection in Excel, you may want to show multiple columns so that your users know what they are picking. Have you ever wondered how to do it? Debra shows us how.

Combining multiple web data in Excel

Official Excel blog teaches us how to use Excel 2013’s new web functions to bring, analyze and plot multiple pieces of web data in your Excel workbooks. Very cool workbook.

Climbing income ladder – very good interactive visualization

NY Times is one my inspirations when it comes to picking up new ideas for charts, dashboards & interactive displays. In this interactive chart, they tell the story of kids growing up in various parts of USA and how they end up (financially). For example, you can ask how kids in Cleveland with average parent income of $40k (in 1990s) are doing now? And you can find the answer easily. Very creative and cool visualization.

So that is all for now. See you again on Thursday.


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5 Responses to “Excel Links for you – Busy busy edition”

  1. Sally says:

    I love Mike's use of shapes to enhance dashboards. Will definitely be using the pie on the corner of the graph to enhance my monthly reports.
    While on Mike's site I was looking at some of his other posts and came across "Removing the Background from an Image in Excel" - I've just had a play with it - works like magic. And great timing - perfect to jazz up an invitation I'm in the middle of doing.
    Thanks for sending me to Bacon Bits.

  2. Diana says:

    Thanks for the links! Like Sally, I can't wait to try using some shapes on my next dashboard. I also really enjoyed reading the Times article. I never know what cool stuff I'm going to get from you in my inbox. Thanks for doing what you do!

  3. Oscar says:


    Is it possible NY times type visualisation in Excel?

  4. Ankit Bansal says:

    That was a useful article with all the relatives link. I have become a regular visitor to your blog as i have to use excel mostly at my new work place. Glad i knew about this blog. ^^

  5. Kirk Williams says:

    You guys are great the tips and tricks really help us newbies see what is possible and provide a starting point.

    Thank you

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