Date formats

Custom date formats are often useful in your reports. Excel has two quick formats for a date, one is “Short Date” the other is “Long date.” Google Sheets has a simple “Date” format which looks just like Microsoft Excel’s Short Date. Hopefully, by the time you finish this post, you’ll be able to create a…

NEW! XLOOKUP

This is so cool. Mind Blown. XLOOKUP is conceptually similar to the other LOOKUP Functions, eXcept it doesn’t have the limitations of VLOOKUP and is easier to use! Use it in place of VLOOKUP or HLOOKUP. Default match is exact not approximate Match options are greater File_not_found options Searches a range for a match and…

What’s in a Name?

Using Excel Names When using formulas or referring to a specific cell in your worksheet, you’ll typically reference ‘range’ or specific cell. For example, B6:B10 is a range reference, where B6 is a cell reference. A problem with this sort of reference is that it’s not very meaningful and easy to forget. If you want…

Windows 10 Housekeeping

The Windows 10 Start menu includes so many apps that it can be overwhelming. With so many choices it can be hard to find the app you’re looking for. You may resort to saving shortcuts on your desktop because that’s what you’ve always done. But then your desktop is cluttered also! The Solution The solution…

Excel List Management

What is a List? A list is a collection of related data. Examples might include your contact list, an inventory, or your price list. Lists are organized in Rows and Columns, with the first row containing labels. The labels identify the value, or data, directly below the columns. Features of a well designed List include…

Quick Parts

What are Quick Parts? Quick Parts, simply stated, are re-usable Word elements. The elements include formatted text, enabling the user to quickly create professional documents. Since Office 2007, Word includes dozens of built-in Quick Parts. Including headers, footers, cover pages, tables, bulleted and numbered lists, Tables of Contents, and AutoText. Create Your Own Creating your…

Formulas vs Functions

How They Differ The words Formula and Function are often used interchangeably, but they don’t mean the same thing. At the very core level, they are similar. However, it may help you understand them better if we break them down and view them as different from one another. Formulas Think of Formulas as mathematical calculations…

Excel: Data Tab

The Excel Data Tab has tools to help you work with the data in your worksheets. There are tools to import data from external sources. Also, tools to sort and filter. As well as tools to separate data into more columns. Sorting and Filtering Sorting and Filtering are relatively simple tools at their face. However,…