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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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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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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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How to make a variance chart in Power BI? [Easy & Clean]

How to make a variance chart in Power BI? [Easy & Clean]

Power BI is great for visualizing and interacting with your data. In this article, let me share a technique for creating variance chart in Power BI. Variance charts are perfect for visualizing performance by comparing Plan vs. Actual or Budget vs. Actual data.

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How to make an Interactive Chart Slider Thingy

How to make an Interactive Chart Slider Thingy

Ok, I will be honest. I have no idea what to call it. May be Chart Cover Flow? But Interactive Chart Slider Thingy sounds so better. So let’s go with it.

Learn how to create this magical contraption in Excel.

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How to export YouTube video comments to Excel file? – Free template + Power Query case study

Published on May 28, 2020 in Power Query
How to export YouTube video comments to Excel file? – Free template + Power Query case study

This week, I am running a contest on YouTube. One of the criteria for picking winners is that they must comment on my video. So far, I got more than 200 comments. To make my job easier, I want to export the video comments to an Excel file. Turns out this is easily done once you have a Google developer API key. In this article, let me explain the process for extracting Youtube video comments to Excel table.

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Highlight due dates in Excel – Show items due, overdue and completed in different colors

Published on May 18, 2020 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Highlight due dates in Excel – Show items due, overdue and completed in different colors

Congratulations to you if your job does not involve dead lines. For the rest of us, deadlines are the sole motivation for working (barring free internet & the coffee machine in 2nd floor, of course). So today, lets talk about a very familiar problem.

How to highlight due dates in Excel?

The item can be an invoice, a to do activity, a project or anything. So how would you do it using Excel?

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Multiple Find Replace with Power Query List.Accumulate()

Published on May 14, 2020 in Power Query
Multiple Find Replace with Power Query List.Accumulate()

Imagine you have a paragraph of text and you want to replace all occurrences of {four, normal, mysterious, nonsense} with {six, casual, confounding, handbags}. How would you do that?

You could use SUBSTITUTE() formula, but you need to nest four of them (as we need to replace four values with another four). But what if you have larger set of find / replacements?

Worry not, you can use Power Query to transform original text to new one by replacing all matching values.

In this page, learn how to do that with the excellent List.Accumulate() Power Query function.

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How to show positive / negative colors in area charts? [Quick tip]

Published on May 12, 2020 in Charts and Graphs, Excel Howtos
How to show positive / negative colors in area charts? [Quick tip]

Ever wanted to make an area chart with up down colors, something like this? Then this tip is for you.

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6 Best charts to show % progress against goal

Published on May 8, 2020 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
6 Best charts to show % progress against goal

Back when I was working as a project lead, everyday my project manager would ask me the same question.

“Chandoo, whats the progress?”

He was so punctual about it, even on days when our coffee machine wasn’t working.

As you can see, tracking progress is an obsession we all have. At this very moment, if you pay close attention, you can hear mouse clicks of thousands of analysts and managers all over the world making project progress charts.

So today, lets talk about best charts to show % progress against a goal.

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