# Category: Excel®

## Excel Formulas Not Calculating? How to Fix it Fast

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…

## What is the Excel Concatenate Function and How Does It Work?

The CONCATENATE function joins two or more text strings together into one string. For example, if you have the customer’s first name in Column A and the last name in Column B, you could use “=CONCATENATE(A3,“ ”,B3)” to produce a string containing first name and last name. Be aware that…

## Excel Formula References: Why Copying Formulas Sometimes Goes Wrong

Have you ever copied a formula to another tab in your workbook, and the result was not at all what you expected? Moved a formula to a new location and were surprised that it didn’t change? References in Excel work just as you would expect in most situations; but to…

## How to Create Shortcuts in Excel by Adding an Excel Macro Button

If you’ve ever repeated the same actions multiple times in a spreadsheet, you’ll benefit from recording a macro to automate those tasks. But, once you have a macro, how do you access it? The easiest way is to add a macro button to your spreadsheet, for which Excel offers three…

## How to Use Excel Chart Templates

How often do you need to insert a favorite chart style, consistent with your prior submission, to maintain a consistent look and feel to your monthly reporting packages? That consistency is one element that increases the appearance of professionalism—especially if it reflects your company’s brand, typography, and color scheme. The…

## Using the Age Formula in Excel to Calculate Age

Have you ever needed to calculate a person’s age from a birthdate in Excel? Or find the number of years since the last audit? Excel includes two functions that perform well: YEARFRAC and DATEDIF. The YEARFRAC Function YEARFRAC gives the number of years between two dates. The FRAC is short…

## Learn How to Subtract in Excel with the Subtract Formula

You have created a report that shows your company’s sales by month. Your boss asks you to add a row that shows the change from the prior month. You need to subtract the prior month’s sales from the current month’s sales. Unfortunately, Excel doesn’t have a SUBTRACT formula. What do…

## 3 Ways to Copy a Formula Down a Column

One of the more tedious tasks in Excel is to copy a formula down an entire column of a report. Not only is it mind-numbing, but it also leaves the opportunity for error if you don’t copy the formula down to exactly the correct cells. For best results, try one…

## Creating a Flowchart in Excel

Have you been tasked with creating a flowchart to document a business process? Some companies invest in expensive, specialized software that builds flowcharts for you with just a few points and clicks. Other businesses prefer to use a tool which they already have, and in which the employees have already…

## Excel Macro Loop – Limit Redundancy to Save Time and Energy

Does your code need to execute the same action more than once? Instead of programming it multiple times, try writing it once and repeating it with a loop. Excel offers several different loop structures, depending on the conditions under which it should execute. Check out the table below to see…