Category Archives: Excel®

Microsoft® Excel® – Getting Help

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Like many software tools, Microsoft® Excel® has a LOT more functionality than most people need for most standard assignments. Consistent with the 80/20 rule, which holds that 80% of the results flow from 20% of the work, most people really only need 20% of the functionality of a tool for 80% of their work.  Unfortunately,…
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When to Use Microsoft® Excel® for Text Products

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Microsoft® does a good job of creating different software for different core business functions, however, there can be some overlap between tools.  For example, we often select Microsoft® Word for text-heavy documents with tables, but there are times when Excel® may be your best starting point. Here are examples of when it may be best…
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External Reference Links: Link Excel Worksheets Together

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Worksheets can be linked so that information shared between the two is always identical. This reduces errors and ensures consistency as information only needs to be entered in one place to be available in multiple locations. In our example today, data is gathered and duplicated between employees and departments. One employee compiles a sheet with…
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Trace Precedents in Excel: Find Formulas, Functions and Cells Connected to a Cell

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Have you ever inherited a worksheet that someone else set up or you created and haven’t played in for some time? If you need to update the formulas and functions, but do not know what other calculations will be affected you could quickly make a lot of work for yourself! You might also be hunting…
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Use Graphics to Compare Cell Values in Excel

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Want a quick way to view and interpret data directly in the tables without resorting to graphs or charts? You can add color bars, icons or graphics that reflect the meaning of the data in each cell to get an “at a glance” view of your data. Conditional formatting means that the formatting applied to…
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