### Using Excel Conditional Formatting Based on Date

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:…

### Get the Most Out of Excel’s Conditional Formatting

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…

### How to Transfer Data from Excel to Word Automatically

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…

### Tips for Data Management in 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…

### Excel What-if Analysis: Goal Seek

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…

### Excel What-if Analysis: Scenarios

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…

### Excel Macro Tutorial for Beginners

To follow using our example, download MacrosForBeginners.xlsx Once you get comfortable navigating Excel, it won’t be long before you start to hear about this wondrous feature called a “Macro” that can  leap tall projects with a single keystroke and make boring tasks go by faster than a speeding bullet. While Macros aren’t really the superman…

### 6 Ways to Be More Productive

The best way to manage our time in the workplace isn’t necessarily to have a more comprehensive schedule, but instead to have a smarter schedule. The real trick is to make sure you have the energy and attention to deal with all your tasks. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

### How Can You Manage Your Time Better?

One of the best approaches to time management is to acknowledge that no one can do everything. Yet, many time management trainers still focus on schedules and productivity instead of prioritization, energy and coping with distractions. The truth is that time is limited and you are a finite resource. The effort to “keep up” can…

### Time Management Without the Clock

We all want to be productive in the workplace, right?  This means days filled with tasks that are all considered “top priority.” If you’re like me, you may be good at creating task lists, but do you know how much time to devote to each task?  If I’m so organized, why am I still leaving…

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