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Last word in a string with an Array formula

As promised in the Pragmatism vs. Purity in Excel article from last week, this week’s article will explain the following array formula ...

Pragmatism vs. purity in Excel

One of the greatest things about Excel is that with its endless array of tools and commands it almost always offers multiple ways of achieving a certain goal. ...

Last day of previous month formula in Excel

On many occasions we would like to somehow get the dates belonging to the last day of current, previous or any other month, the first day of this month or any day of ...

Boost your Excel efficiency with one key – F5 (Go To and Go To Special)

Very often you will find yourself in a position where you wish to either move efficiently through the workbook or you wish to select only cells containing certain ...

Creating a dynamic Dropdown List with Data Validation from another workbook with a little help from Power Query

Probably the longest title of all times, but it leads to something great. First let’s explain Power Query. Power Query is an AddInn for Excel and part of ...

Creating a Data Validation dropdown list from another Workbook

Can you create a Data Validation Dropdown list that uses data from another workbook as a source? This question has been proposed to me continuously since I published ...

The New Pivot Column option in Power Query

If some pictures are hard to view, you can get the PDF of the article The Pivot option in Power Query. With the latest update of Power Query AddInn for Excel quite a ...

Option Button Control on the Developer Tab, Top Bottom 5 in Pivot Table and CHOOSE Function in Excel

We have a dish where I come from (Slovenia), called Minestrone. It’s interesting since there is no single recipe for it. It’s made from whatever ...

Who knew (Just another day with Excel)?

One day as I was giving a basic(!!!!) Excel training, my mind got sort of blown. We were discussing the use of A1:A100 in the Name Box for the selection of a range ...

Dependent Data Validation dropdown lists

Our goal here, is to create a dropdown list by using Data Validation, where the contents of the list will be determined by another Data Validation Dropdown list. ...

Smile for Excel’s Camera
August 26, 2014

There are many more or less unknown tools in Excel. One of those is definitely the Camera Tool. Imagine the following scenario. You have two sheets in Excel. On one ...

Unpivot with Power Query

One might think that analyzing data with a Pivot table is hard, but Unpivot a Pivot table proves to be even harder. But Power Query or better yet a Query editor ...

Get Todays Date in Cells A1:A15000

In my work as an Excel Trainer, I do love to challenge the audience. And one of my favorite challenges to extend is the focus of this post. So fill all the cells in ...

Create a Factor Growing Series in Excel

If someone was to tell you, do a 1;2;3;4;5;6;7;8;… series in Excel, there are many that would not hesitate and go for one of the two options Write 1 and 2 in the ...

Convert Text to Numbers in Excel

A task that comes about every so often in Excel and can be quite tricky. Now our ultimate goal is to get a number out of something like (text 1 text) or even ...

Custom Cell Format You Must Know in Excel

Custom cell formats are a very important steppingstone to eternal happiness in Excel. And among all Custom Formats, one takes precedence for both, its usability and ...

Rounding numbers to a specific multiple in Excel

Excel can be very tricky about rounding numbers. Almost half of Excel users still believe that if they format a cell to round to two decimals, that what they see is ...

Fill All Blank Cells in an Excel Range With a Desired Value

Here’s a nifty little trick I use every day while working in Excel. It’s a two part trick. Part one will be selecting all the blank cells in a range or ...

Why Excel thinks “Time is on my side” by the Stones is a joke on him…

Excel has quite a few funny perks. Once you get over the 15 digit limit in Excel and the fact it does not calculate exactly as it should, you will sooner or later ...

Sum of ten largest values

This will be a short lesson on three great and sadly unknown functions and how to use them as an array function. The eighth LARGEst value One of my favorite ...

Fill and Justify in Excel

In my work as a trainer I’m usually the one serving the Excel goodies to the audience. But every so often I’m the one getting served. Whereas sometimes ...

Turn Conditional Formatting On and Off (Show or Hide Conditional Formatting)

Simply put, there are two ways to turn Conditional formatting On and Off. The manual way will take you to the Home/Conditional Formatting/Manage Rules… window ...

15 digit limit in Excel

This is something everyone should know about Excel since it both enables Excel to do lightning speed calculations and limits Excel in a great way. And the guilty ...

Formula to get quarters from dates in Excel

We have a column of dates in Excel, and our goal is to get Q1, Q2,… or QTR1, QTR2,… or Quarter 1, Quarter 2,… . I think you get the picture 🙂 First we ...