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Create a Chart with Date or Time Data





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When you have data that involves time information, you may need some special tricks to get Excel to help you create useful charts. Here are some tips for editing time and date data in an Excel chart. These features apply to Excel 2007-2013, though the specific steps will vary based on your version. Images were […]

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Use Excel Data Forms to Simplify Data Entry





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Spreadsheets are valuable tools for organizing, manipulating, and analyzing data. But first you have to enter the data. This can be the least fun part of building a spreadsheet, especially if you have many columns of information that scroll horizontally off the screen. It can also be easy to introduce errors when entering or editing […]

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Guide to Using $ in Excel Formulas





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There might be times when you do not want Excel to adjust all or part of your formula automatically. For example, you may have a table of standard multipliers that you use in the formula and want the same cell to always be used to multiply. The answer: an absolute reference. You can create an […]

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Excel Formula Auditing





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The formula function in Excel is one of the most useful things any business owner or employee can use, especially when large volumes of data need to be evaluated. Sometimes you are given completed worksheets that you need to do extra analysis on. It is sometimes difficult to see where all of the functions in […]

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Use an Excel Formula to Convert Text to Numbers





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Excel is the go-to program when you need to organize data, create formulas and share information with the team. That being said, working with data in numerous places and applications can make the data import not as seamless as one would hope. Let’s say you transferred data from an external source into Excel and numbers were mistaken for text. […]

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Why Is Your Excel Formula Not Calculating?





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You’ve created the reports for your management meeting, and, just before you print copies for the executives, you discover that the totals are all showing last month’s values. How do you fix it—fast? 1. Check for Automatic Recalculation On the Formulas ribbon, look to the far right and click Calculation Options. On the dropdown list, […]

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Excel Formula Count





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Are you trying to count values in your worksheet and don’t understand why the result is too high? Or are you looking for a method that excludes blank cells? Maybe you want to count only values which are greater than 1,000. Excel gives you the power to count only the values that meet your criteria […]

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