Excel Unplugged
Scroll trouble in Excel (scrolling beyond your data)
  • February 17, 2015

    Sometimes in Excel, we are just an innocent bystander when enthusiasm gets the better of people and they start drifting around Excel, inserting data in places where they weren’t supposed to. And even if they are so kind to remove any trace of their wayward journey, a ...

    Get data from Folder in Power Query
  • February 10, 2015

    Following a wide demand, I also wrote a post about getting data from Excel files in a folder. You can read it here and I recently followed up with a post on how to make the process bulletproof and you can read that here. It seems that lately Excel users can be separated ...

    My Excel Shortcut of the Year
  • February 3, 2015

    In my work as a Trainer and also as a Data Scientist (I love that term), Shortcuts in Excel are a vital part of doing things efficiently. This shortcut helps you when you select data. Let’s assume this is our data. A bunch of dates from A1 to Z12000. Working with this ...

    WORKDAY and WORKDAY.INTL functions in Excel
  • January 27, 2015

    I can still remember when I learned about the WORKDAY function. I found it very useful and used it regularly but since I also do a lot of project calculating in Excel, the rigidness of the weekends and holiday exceptions only were not working for me. On many occasions I ...

    Another formula to get quarters from dates
  • January 20, 2015

    A while back I wrote about multiple ways to get quarters from dates. Even “manual” quarters (starting with any months you like). You can read that post here. But now I wish to show you yet another way to get quarters from dates, this time by using the CHOOSE ...

    Holiday chart in Excel
  • December 28, 2014

    This is what happens when someone has too much time and Excel 🙂 Happy holidays and all the best in 2015 to all Excel lovers!

    Difference between two times formula in Excel
  • December 23, 2014

    In short, times in Excel are decimal numbers between 0 and 1 that show you the percentage of the day that has past. Now with that in mind let’s calculate two differences between Arrivals and Departures. Most Excel users will use a simple Arrival – Departure ...

    Case sensitive/insensitive Sort in Excel (bug or a feature)
  • December 16, 2014

    This post will talk about the way that Excel sorts data and the Case Sensitive sorting it offers. If we look at this data And sort it in ascending order (A-Z), we get It’s easy to see that there is no case sensitivity here, but there is a way to turn it on. You go […]

    Create a Date Series of all weekdays in Excel (omits Saturdays and Sundays)
  • December 9, 2014

      Let’s say we want to create a series of dates from 1/1/2013 to 12/31/2013 but with a catch. We want to leave out all dates that occur on weekends. So all dates that represent Saturdays and Sundays. We can do this in Excel quite easily by using the Fill/Series… ...

    Making your Min Max chart in Excel truly shine
  • December 2, 2014

    Just so we know where this is heading, this is the end result And here is the file with the end result, you can download it and play around with pressing F9. Here’s how we make it work. We start with the data. Now we need to add two columns that will only show the […]

    What Excel should learn from Word
  • November 25, 2014

    I’m only guessing, but I think that anybody who wants to use Excel at an above average level, will have to learn at least a few keyboard shortcuts to get there. The math goes that the more shortcuts you know, the more efficient you are in Excel. So what does Word offer ...

    Give Excel it’s voice (The Speak Cells Command)
  • November 18, 2014

    Very often, we will conduct a more or less pointless discusions with our Excel :), but not many people are aware that Excel in fact can talk. It can do so from Excel 2003. It’s a function that can be as entertaining as it is useful. The main purpose of the tool is to ...

    Last word in a string with an Array formula
  • November 11, 2014

    As promised in the Pragmatism vs. Purity in Excel article from last week, this week’s article will explain the following array formula { =MID(A1,MAX((--(MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1)=" "))*ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))))+1,50)} Throughout this article, ...

    Pragmatism vs. purity in Excel
  • November 4, 2014

    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. Particularly lately with Excel 2013 with the new features that it brought not even mentioning the Add-ins it offers. ...

    Last day of previous month formula in Excel
  • October 28, 2014

    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 the current month. This post will show you a nice trick how to do that. Whereas for the last dates of the ...

    Boost your Excel efficiency with one key – F5 (Go To and Go To Special)
  • October 21, 2014

    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 kind of data (text, numbers, errors, objects, formulas…). The Go To… command which you get by either ...

    Creating a dynamic Dropdown List with Data Validation from another workbook with a little help from Power Query
  • October 14, 2014

    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 Microsoft’s Power BI (get it here). It is proving to be a tool Excel Users have been (unknowingly) waiting on ...

    Creating a Data Validation dropdown list from another Workbook
  • October 7, 2014

    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 two Data Validation related posts: Taking the Data Validation List to the next level Dependent Data ...

    The New Pivot Column option in Power Query
  • September 30, 2014

    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 few new features were introduced, but none as sweet as the new Pivot option. To get it you must update your ...

    Option Button Control on the Developer Tab, Top Bottom 5 in Pivot Table and CHOOSE Function in Excel
  • September 23, 2014

    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 vegetables are in season or most of the time whatever you have in your fridge. Now when you’re reading the title ...

    Who knew (Just another day with Excel)?
  • September 12, 2014

    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 of cells from A1 to A100. You can see this in action here. It went by as it did a million times […]

    Dependent Data Validation dropdown lists
  • September 2, 2014

    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. Here’s an example… Now there are two dropdowns here, one for the Band and another for the Song Title. But ...

    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 Sheet you have all the data, and on the other, all the calculations or a chart based on that data. Now we wish ...

    Unpivot with Power Query
  • August 19, 2014

    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 proves once more that it is a brilliant tool that can handle Unpivot with ease. Let’s first elaborate on ...