Author Archives: Christy Perry

Calculating Time with Excel Formulas

How often have you looked at your watch and typed the current time into your worksheet? Or tried to convert from one time zone to another and produced an error? Or wondered why a time shows up looking like “0.9285”? Fortunately, these questions are easy to answer once you understand how Excel time formulas work….
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Unleashing the Flexibility of Excel Text Formulas

Data collection is an important part of business. It is customer satisfaction survey results, employee performance assessments, market and industry research, lead generation analysis, or anything that depends on collecting, comparing and seeking relevant information. Unfortunately, depending on the setup and your tools, raw data can be confusing and impossible to share unless everyone speaks…
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3 Ways to Multiply in Excel

While there is no “Excel multiply formula” there are multiple ways to multiply in Excel. For instance, do you use an asterisk (*) to multiply, but hit a brick wall when you apply other arithmetic operators? What about shortcuts for multiplying many numbers in one step? Read on for three powerful ways to perform an…
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Visually Display Composite Data — How to Create an Excel Waterfall Chart

Have you ever needed to present a chart that displays component data that roll up to a total? If all of the values are positive, Excel’s stacked column chart works beautifully; but it breaks down when your data includes both positive and negative values. The answer is an Excel waterfall chart! A waterfall chart solves…
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Why Is Your Excel Formula Not Calculating?

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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