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I struggle doing statistical analysiswith Excel.
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188 Responses to “I struggle doing __________ with Excel. Fill in the blanks…,”
Pivot tables
i am learning excel and right now struggling for which formula use to when ...
charts
I struggle doing Date related array's with Excel.
I struggle doing "Array Formulas" with Excel.
Scenario Manager
I struggle doing VBA programming in excel
conditional formatting and array formulas.
I struggle doing VBA Programming in Excel
Data Table
I struggle with different cell format error in my excel
I struggle with" different cell format error " in excel
I struggle with VBA and Array Formulas
I'm struggling with just about everything in Excel. I would love to just streamline some processing. I had Excel many many years ago and I forgot just about everything. I don't know simple ways to do anything.
I struggle with VBA, Array Formula and PowerPivot.
highlighting duplicates
Use conditional formatting.
http://office.microsoft.com/enin/excelhelp/findduplicatevaluesfastbyapplyingconditionalformattingHA102809491.aspx
Macros make my brain hurt!
I am struggling with the Combo Box on Excel. The step by step instructions provided do not work, and some of the options for setting up the combo box are not an option for me to select????
Nested ifs!
Time date calculations: 1. fiscal work weeks which do not align with a normal calendar year 2. how to subtract holidays from working days
=networkdays() function! Includes an option to refer to a list of holidays, this function saved me from ever having to count days on a calendar again.
Thank You Kerry!
I do a lot of fiscal day and fiscal week calculations, and our fiscal year starts on October 1.
For the days elapsed in a fiscal year, I use:
=TODAY()((YEAR(TODAY())1)&"/10/1")
If your fiscal year begins on a different day, then change the "/10/1" to the month and day your year begins.
To calculate number of weeks elapsed, simply use:
INT(previous formula/7)
To calculate weeks elapsed directly, use:
=INT((TODAY()((YEAR(TODAY())1)&"/10/1"))/7)
NOTE: This returns the number of whole weeks elapsed. If you want to include the partial week, then don't use the INT function.
Thanks Sachin!
need to lear dashboard a to z (smipl to difficult)
Pivot tables, getting the right variable in the right section. Absolute vs relative macros.
learning how to do vbasic.
Pivot tables
Pivot tables
learning how to do vbasic.
Charts, especially with three variables
Charts, especially with three variables
Charts, especially with three variables
Dashboards, Colour Formatting, Creating Graphs
i am struggling in doing VBA program in excel.
I struggle with creating a formula, that will allow me to have a rolling balance.
I struggle with WRITING MACROS in Excel.
Hi,
Macros written in Euro ie , is used for decimal point and . for million,thousand, hundred separators. I am in London we use . for decimal (like in India, the real way) and , for for million,thousand, hundred separators.
When I use my data the macros crash.
Any suggestions?
Thanks,
Hi Vijay,
Perhaps this article helps:
http://www.oaltd.co.uk/ExcelProgRef/Ch22/default.htm
I struggle using Excel in MAC? Do you think it is a good idea to use it that way?
I struggle doing planning applications.
Nothing. Not because I know it all, but because when I'm in Excel, I just want to play
FORECASTING!!! Lack of data, lack of clean data, different methodologies for forecasting, outliers, skewing factors and on and on.
Did I mention how much I struggle with forecasting?? :^)
Cheers,
Gino
Nothing. Not because I know it all, but because when I'm in Excel, I just want to play
I struggle with Embedded or Nested If statements when doing date calculations, and turning off the result if the date is not met.
I struggle with array multiplication:
I have a worksheet that is roughly 100 columns wide and 200 columns tall, and I would like to be able to get a sum at the bottom of each column that represents the sum of the product of each cell (quantity) times a common column (unit cost). Obviously, I could do it as an explicit sum of products, but what I want is to be able to use the "$" in front of the common column (unit cost), then copy down / across to create the desired columnbycolumn sums.
I struggle doing calcs with texts variables and dates variables in Excel
I struggle with populating a regression analysis
I also struggle with VBA , Array Formula
Hi Chandoo,
I have process improvement project in my hand. But for that I need to write up macro script. I struggle to write it, because I don't know to wrtier macro. I have to pull data from excel and post it in mainframe window (software) and afterwards some two key strokes we do to update it. All these things I should do it by using macro. If I do sure I will get promotion in my office, Kindly do the needful, thanks.
Struggle with forecasting, charts, macros and designing templates.
I struggle doing candlestick with Excel.
I struggle with trying to create pivot tables from linked workbooks and being able to display the information the same way as if the pivot table is in the same workbook as the source data. I cannot get alphanumeric data to display properly.
I struggle with finding the best use of excel in the things that I do on a daily basis. Everytime I learn something new I am very eager to use it!
I also struggle in statistical Analysis 🙂
1) I struggle printing thin lines with Excel. Even though it's on the smallest line possible, it always print a fat ugly line.
2) I struggle to find an easy way to create video and audio patch feild labels with Excel.
Hi,
If you have any pdf writer as default printer(eg cute pdf writer) and if you use save as option to covert to pdf, these fat lines appear. What I have noticed is, one needs to change his default printer as "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" to get rid of this.
Amazing, I will give this a try.
I struggle with getting summarized data from large databases without pivot table;
I struggle with getting a list of exclusives entries from a column without usind "Remove Duplicates";
I struggle with raffling random numbers without repetition;
I struggle with using Indirect function in worksheets with space in the name.
I struggle with complex nested formulas, pivot tables. But learning slowly and the aid of the great support found on here and the great forums.
with Excel 2013
Array formulae
I struggle with VBA in Excel
Charts and VBA
I struggle with VBA
efficient computation.
We all know crunching .xls can be stretched as far as your computer can handle the crunching: my constant struggle is to always figure out which approach will consume less computational power in order to allow the extra million data points to be included in the analysis before the model becomes 'unusably slow'
This is a great post because I struggled with so many of the same  but thanks to Chandoo, I've masteted so much! But still learning, just not alone.
boss/client requirements for dashboard/results.
I struggle creating spreadsheets that do not need manual calculation instead of automatic due to the size/complications of the spreadsheet with Excel.
DAX in Powerpivot
Effective graphs with 3rd dimension or variable
year on year comparisons using powerpivot
vba programming (module)
Charts & Dashboard
macros
Developing an Excel timeline with milestones for multiple departments (swimlane format) with adjustable timescale (daily > year overview). I know this is best done in MSProject but the CEO is proExcel these are department based activities not resource/task.
I struggle with macros. ie: taking data dumps to produce seperate sheets with nice tables.
Also hate the way excel  not responding or hanging & auto saving when I am trying to work in it
VBA, Powerpivot and good habit in processig data.
I am struggling to automate excel to split and merge files
grouping of data into buckets for analysis (in an efficient way)
Awesome things
Can lineup many things ,will keep posted.
This seems to be big issue these days. Could not stop changing format when I refresh I pivot albeit I select "Preserve cell formatting on update" in pivot table options.
I struggle doing _innovative fun_ with Excel.
I struggle with exporting ACCESS data to EXCEL then generating a stunning graph (dashboard?) with labels placed near/on the appropriate bar/line and the same for the axis of the graph and then importing that stunning EXCEL graph into ACCESS. I will pay for such a solution!!!!!
Hi Chandoo,
Hope you are fine.
I need to edit some MS Word File with numeric data. I copied the file and paste it to excel, problem is all data paste as a text format, Then I have to rewrite all the values. Is there any formula to do that easily.
Thanks
Shajid
I struggle recording/creating Macros using excel.
UserForm with Late Binding !! I had a UserForm that I wouldn't open after the first time that it was open. That's right. Very strange behavier ... The UserForm has some Comboboxes that was filled with Late Binding. I discovered that becouse it was using Late Binding after doing any saving to the workbook If would not open again. I don't understand why. After using Early binding I had no more problems.
Macros / VBA
subtotals
I struggle with automating excel ( Macros, not using formulae like index,match to their full power) and I struggle with shortcuts ( My colleagues are much much faster)
I struggle using structured references and Dashboards. And also in optimizing the reports.
I struggle with Indexing
making summary from multiple sheets using PIVOT or DATA consolidate
I am finding difficulty in VBA.
Designing efficient workbooks to do some of my more repetitive work, highlighting errors with conditional formatting. Just generally how to be logical and think in Excel to work through solutions. Designing tools in excel to help my coworkers who are not so interested in spreadsheets but need to save themselves time.
I struggle making editable (format) dynamic lists with Xactive control forms. As the data validation doesn't allow format changes (more as 8 rows shown) and Xactive control form do.
I struggle with using formulas with relative ranges in named definitions.
I struggle with using array formulas. I never know when to use ctrl + shift + enter and when not required.
Attempting to put streaming data into excel
i am struggling to use excel as a robust secured tool for various processes and analysis. The macros fail so often.
I am struggling to prepare Macro with Excel.
I struggle with the start itself. When I have to start working on an excel sheet, I find it hard to visualize in my mind, how the end matter would/should look.
I struggle doing/writing VBA with excel...
I struggle with complex data and how to organise it into a dashboard.
You had a few contests using quite complex data. But how to structure and understand it?!??
And I am not clear when to use pivots or (array) formulas. And I struggle with Array formulas.
Charts and chart formatting
I am struggling in understanding why when I am debugging the code sometimes I am not able to see all the steps (there are some instructions for which this happens, before you can go stepbystep [F8] but there are certain instructions in which you cannot.
Why is it so Chandoo??
Doing statistical forecasting in excel!
I struggle doing _________________ with Excel.
I have created an tool in Msexcel and took that file on email, after downloading that file from my email, I am unable to open that, kindly help me in this.
Tool which I have created is very important for me.
i struggle with even a static bullet chart for Pearson's r in Excel. so i turned to Geogebra and it was easier and highly interactive, learning while having fun.
Formatting numbers, dates, for linking!!!!! Excel just changes it and I can't change it back!
data analysis
 Access to Excel, Excel to Access Automation
 Advanced Conditional Formatting
Reading JSON data
formulated [""] blank is not reading as blank while using isblank
I struggle doing all with Excel
I struggle with arrays, scenario manager and data tables. This is probably due their infrequency of use in my spreadsheets
I struggle finding the 2nd and third rows for a certain cell value using VLOOKUP with Excel.
I struggle with simple things such as...how do I just copy and paste a number... to how do I make useful, pretty charts?
Also, I agree, very simple to complex instructions (for things such as Dashboards) would be VERY helpful. The directions can never be too simple for me!
It might be useful if some weekly newsletters/emails were geared for the beginneror at least include a very beginner tip now and then!
Engineering Functions (Commerce Background)
Statistical function used in business analysis
I struggle doing Regular Expression Excel
struggling to find a formula to make a unique list from a list that have items more than once.
Thanks
Use this simple vlookup to get unique values from list.
=IFERROR(LOOKUP(2,1/(ISERROR(MATCH($A$2:$A$91,$C$1:$C1,0))),$A$2:$A$10),"")
Data Analysis. How to present data.
I struggle with tailoring all the excel formulas available on chandoo.org to my need. usually examples published on excel websites are cleaned up and formatted nicelyjust about right to use the formula/trick in question, but when I start with a task, often I need to tweak the formula or combine more than one excel trick from chandoo.org.
In short, I struggle in coming up with tailoring a solution to my need
I struggle doing Array Formulas with Excel.
I struggle not using Excel in my daily work... ;p
I struggle using right color combinations in Excel
I struggle doing statistics in excel
I struggle using DAX formulas & Arrays.
Love chandoo.org
I struggle using a scroll bar when I protect a sheet in Excel.
I struggle with charts, especially at year end when I have to create new charts for the coming year .
I struggle using my Excel to speak french ...
I use Windows seven 64bits and Excel 2007
I already download French TTS, 🙁 there is always Anna
Application.Speech.Speak "Bonjour Chandoo, Merci !!"
I struggle doing formula combinations with Excel. I can do some, but I have no logic to support my methods other than hit or miss. I suspect there is some logic to using multiple formulas in one cell, and would love to know of any tricks.
Thanks for asking,
Brian
I use Excel 2007 and am looking for ways to do the following without using VBA:
1. Scaling chart value axis (min, max and interval)
2. Hiding series from PivotTable chart without removing those series from the related tabular PivotTable
3. Avoiding a PivotTable refresh deletes manually added trend lines from the related PivotTable chart
I appreciate your solution !
Thanks,
Tom
I struggle to create relationships between tables in power pivot
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Chandoo,
I struggle with tracking changes to functions and modules.
That blank can never be filled  Excel is a vast subject.
automation with VBA
teaching others how to use it properly... it's obvious isn't it?
getting people to give up bad habits (stop using sumif start using sumifs)
I struggle with macros.
I struggle with the many different ways there are to do the same thing (COUNTing, SUMming, MAXing, MINing etc). So I find what seems to be the neatest one and stick with it.
I struggle with modifying the custom tools [numbers] in getting ( ) around negative figures
Hello Sir,
IN excel 2013 I noticed I can copy from 1 workbook to anther workbook.
I'm pulling a file name over to another work book, and hitting save as, then I noticed what I had on my clipboard is now gone.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
Jason.
I struggle doing ______Macros___________ with Excel.
How to determine what value is an outlier. For instance, I'm analyzing 100+ shipments to see how many days it took for the shipment to arrive versus the agreed transit time  let's say 5 days. On average, 90% of the shipments arrive on time. I would like to analyze the outliers separately, but I'm not sure how to determine the outliers or the cutoff for the number of days above the agreed transit (5 days in this example). Some outliers are obvious, such as a shipment that took 20 days to arrive, but what about a shipment that took 7, 9 or 11 days? Is there a formula to determine outliers or is it an organizational decision? Thank you for your time.
Hi Cindy,
Check out this article:
http://www.examiner.com/article/statisticaloutliersdetectionmicrosoftexcelworksheet
Thank you for the article. Definitely not as simple as I was hoping.
I struggle with putting parenthesis around negative figures in accounts. It can be done using format>numbers>custom and then putting brackets around one of the custom types. It works but I have to find this each time. It's impossible to save that as a recall formula.
Any ideas?
I struggle doing WORLD CUP 2014 Brasil, with Excel.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/mnr4lt3iyck99ju/World%20Cup%202014%20%20Brasil.xlsx
I struggle doing/dealing with scientific formatting with Excel.
To provide clarity  We have systems that export data into an excel format and some of our numbers turn into the old 1.00000E+XX (where XX is an actual number). What causes something to go scientfic, why do two cells the same length get different results (i.e. 1.0115E+12 vs 1.01631E+12 when bothcekks are 13 characters long)
I am struggling with Macros, specifically with editing it so that it is useful to repeat and ask for input values when running it
I struggle with vlookup.
I can read about most things I want to do online and figure it out, but not vlookup. A couple of people have shown me how, and it still doesn't stick.
My application is with student data. If I have a list of student id numbers only, I would like to be able to export a list of all student id's and names from my student information system, compare to the list of id's I have, and get the students' names. I've seen it doneI just can't wrap my mind around it.
I struggle with OFFSET, trying to auto update my charts & data without having to reselect the data ranges each time I add updates.
I struggle with writing SQL to get the information I want from databases (usually OBDC, but even Access).
I struggle doing forecasting using Exponential method.
I have got a list of 150+skus for which I need to generate 12 month fore casting every month. I am doing his using regression method but want to do it using triple exponential method for better control and flexibility.
i struggle with If then and nesting functions. I just don't seem to get them right...
I struggle doing Macros with Excel.
Hi, please help in making a performance score card with a Target value, weightage & difficulty level specified.
I struggle doing meaningful scatter plots with Excel
I struggle in pasting data in only visible cells (in case of active filters)
I struggle with doing index formulas in named ranges.
HOW TO DO THE ARRAY FROM MANY TYPES???
I am an engineer interested in (as a module to call from my current VBA program that I have to improve so others can use it) :
Subroutine to:
1) You are right about averages. I would want to compute the mode in a long (>10000) numbers ranging 1200 step 1.
2) To easiliy work GUI (with options buttons, entry boxes, lists, etc) for VBA Excel for a unexperienced user in GUI matters as me.
3) Chart : Shadow a solid color between two curves, between curve and Left or Right margins.
4) Chart: Multiple X axis for a curve (one or two more than existing Primary and Secondary)...all with single Y axis.
If you or somebody give me some help or just a clue how to find out how to resolve this items, it would save me a lot of time and effort, and I would greatly appreciate it.
Regards
Francisco
I struggle with converting custom formatted numbers to percentage format in excel.
HI Chandoo, happy to know you visited Madurai my home town! Hope you have enjoyed the tasty food varieties of Madurai and enjoyed!
I would like to Analytics (Power Pivot) using Excel and built a Defect prediction framework for Testing projects!
Pivot tables! (Mostly not Excel's fault, I just never learned enough about them to use them)
Formulas within pivot tables or referencing pivot table data in formulas from cells not contained within pivot table.
I struggle doing linking a control with a given data in Excel.i.e for example using a drop down list contrrol, when one is selected among the list, and the rrespective data to display
I struggle linking a control with a given data in Excel.i.e for example using a drop down list contrrol, when one is selected among the list, and the rrespective data to display
Does anyone ever get a reply and solution to the questions posed??
Hi Vic, this was a survey and not a Q&A post. We usually address reader comments in other posts, but in polls or surveys we just listen and use the questions for future posts.
Coming to your question, the quickest way to get () around negative numbers is to use Accounting number format. You can quickly access this by pressing $ button on home ribbon, number area.
@Vic
I know that Chandoo and I try and answer most questions both here and on the forums but from time to time we miss questions especially on days when hundreds of comments are received
Do you have a specific question / post in mind ?
I struggle in importing data from locally connected system with Excel.
I am trying to do a time stamp in column B each time something is entered in column A. However I do not want all the data in column B to change and have the same time stamp. How can I do such? Please help!
Hey there, I found your blog very informative and helpful. I've read almost all your blog posts and would really love to read more of it. I suggest you also syndicate your blog on popular sites like ManagementParadise.com where you will find millions of like minded people as a ready audience. Keep Blogging. Cheers!
I struggle doing charts and graphs with excel.
macros & arrays
I am familiar with dashboard. I will want to learn everything about dashboard from simple to advance.
Hai,
Recently am joined in sales department, am not much familiar with the excel. Hope to get daily excel tips .
i struggle doing dashboard / vba in excel.
Efficient & fast code/design/formulas, picking a set of best practices regarind VBA and sticking to them, handling backwards compatibility for legacy users...
I am building a sports model, I have all the data I need, I'm just looking for a little help automating it.
I have the following columns.
Home Team
Home Score
HF (Form  W, D, L)
HP (Points  3, 1, 0)
Away Team
Away Score
AF (Form  W, D, L)
AP (Points  3, 1, 0)
For each current fixture, I want to lookup on my master data set and pull back the last 5 fixtures that team played
eg Home Team = Last 5 times that team played at home
and pull back Home Score into a cell, for fixtures 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
with 1 being the latest occurence in a list, the same for HF and HP
Any suggestions ?
Hello Chandoo, While going through your blog found this post, although its quite old. But I thought to share what bothers me.
Could you help me learn OFFSET, INDIRECT, ROW and COLUMN Functions. I often find use of above mentioned 4 function on your blog & in forum, and they always give me tough time in understanding. Can you please help me master these four? with some examples where to use them.
Thanks
I am struggling with charts in excel. especially with data to accommodate in more than 2 axis (X&Y axis) and not use 3D graphs instead.
@Nisha
Can you post a question on the Chandoo.org Forums?
http://forum.chandoo.org/
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