How to Create a Custom Function in Excel





Categories: Excel®, Functions

Excel functions are actually shortcuts to more complex calculations. Like a macro is to a series of steps, a function is to a longer equation. While Excel is packed full of functions, you may find that you have proprietary formulas that you use regularly that would be useful as a function shortcut. Advanced Excel users […]

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Conditional Formatting Across Multiple Cells in Excel





Categories: Conditional Formatting, Excel®

Steps in this article will apply to Excel 2007-2016. Images were taken using Excel 2016. Conditional formatting is a useful Excel feature that can help you quickly scan your data without resorting to complicated filtering or fussy charts. Often, you will use conditional formatting to call attention to cells that represent an outlying condition – […]

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Nesting Functions in Excel – A Tutorial for Beginners





Categories: Excel®, Functions

Most of us begin using Excel by creating simple worksheets that organize data and perform simple calculations. Then, we might dabble with some of Excel’s many pre-set functions for more complex calculations. You know you’re a real Excel addict, however, when you start thinking How can I crunch my data even more efficiently? This means […]

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Excel Conditional Formatting: Date Data





Categories: Conditional Formatting, Excel®

Turning your cluttered spreadsheet of data into living, actionable information can be as simple as adding visual cues. Unless you are really good at doing date calculations in your head, conditional formatting is especially helpful when determining ages or anticipating birthdays and anniversaries. The following steps show how to perform a common Human Resources task: […]

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Get the Most Out of Excel’s Conditional Formatting





Categories: Excel®

As a continuation of our post last week, we decided to expand on some great uses from conditional formatting. Highlighting negative values in red and using several built-in conditions is great when you are starting out, but you are not getting nearly enough bang for your buck! Here are three ways to get more out […]

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How to Export Excel Spreadsheets to Word





Categories: Excel®

Excel lives up to its name when crunching numbers or organizing data. However, when you want to convey ideas beyond the table or graph, you will almost certainly turn to Word or PowerPoint. In the examples below, we are going to look at several different ways you can export, or incorporate, spreadsheets into your Word […]

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Tips for Data Management in Excel





Categories: Excel®

Becoming an Excel expert is more than learning functions and cobbling together formulas. A significant part of using Excel to its full potential is knowing the art of data management. This includes everything from knowing how to set up your worksheets to managing data entry to good maintenance practices.  Here are several tips to good […]

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Excel What-if Analysis: Goal Seek





Categories: Excel®

Ever find yourself wondering if Excel could help you answer the question: “What values would I need to get a known result?” The What-if Analysis features, available in Excel 2010 and up, give you the tools to do just that. Unlike functions and formulas that take given values and return a result, what-if scenarios allow […]

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Excel What-if Analysis: Scenarios





Categories: Excel®

If you think of Excel as just a database for storing dead data, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn about Excel’s What-if analysis tools. Excel offers several features that allow a user to make predictions, or evaluate outcomes based upon variable inputs. In this article, we are going to look at Scenarios. What is […]

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