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  • What's your favorite thing about Excel Pivot Tables?

    Do you belong to LinkedIn ? Did you know that LinkedIn has lots of Excel user groups where Excel trainers, developers, financial modelers, and even Excel blackbelts compete to out geek each other--or just share information. (The Excel Blackbelt group is for data visualization experts.) ...( read more ) Read More...
    Posted to The Excel Team Blog by Excel Blog on Tue, Mar 20 2012
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  • What's your favorite thing about Excel PivotTables?

    Do you belong to LinkedIn ? Did you know that LinkedIn has lots of Excel user groups where Excel trainers, developers, financial modelers, and even Excel blackbelts compete to out geek each other--or just share information? ...( read more ) Read More...
    Posted to The Excel Team Blog by Excel Blog on Tue, Mar 20 2012
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  • Ride the Shark! It's VLOOKUP Week March 25-31, 2012

    What strikes terror into the hearts of Excel beginners? VLOOKUP! Excel power users, though, can't live without it. Excel MVP Bill Jelen has declared March 25 - 31, 2012 to be VLOOKUP week . He's invited his fellow Excel experts to publish VLOOKUP posts on their sites during the week. Already it's taken on a life of its own with VLOOKUP t-shirts and coffee mugs, and a theme song and logo. ...( read more ) Read More...
    Posted to The Excel Team Blog by Excel Blog on Thu, Mar 22 2012
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  • Tuesday’s free Webinar: Simplifying your data in Excel

    Join Tuesday's free Office 15-Minute Webinar to learn about simpliying data in Excel. You can join the webinar live with the link below at 9:15 am PDT or go to http://aka.ms/offweb for complete information on our webinars. Join online meeting https://join.microsoft.com/meet/dougt/F274WBQZ The best option is to download the free Lync Attendee for sound/video, or you can use your browser and call in for sound: 1 (888) 320-3585. Conference ID: 84172528 What you will learn at Tuesday’s webinar...
    Posted to The Excel Team Blog by Excel Blog on Mon, Mar 26 2012
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  • Today's Giveaway: Odes to VLOOKUP (It ain't over until the formulas stop signing)

    Bill Jellen found it. Erica Rhein started it. She posted a comment on Facebook declaring her complete dependence on VLOOKUP. "I use Pivot Tables and VLOOKUP every day. I would be screwed at my job without it." To Bill's formula-possessed mind this statement equals a love poem. So he decided today's VLOOKUP Week door prize would be the best Ode to VLOOKUP. Check out the haikus and poems about undying VLOOKUP love already submitted, then or add your own by entering it as a comment...
    Posted to The Excel Team Blog by Excel Blog on Tue, Mar 27 2012
  • VLOOKUP Tutorial: Updating prices in a master product list

    In honor of VLOOKUP Week, MVP Bill Jelen has created a VLOOKUP tutorial for those of you who have a basic working knowledge of Excel but want to improve your skills. You most likely know the core set of functions that come with Excel and have heard that VLOOKUP is an easy way to look up a value in an Excel spreadsheet, speeding up getting work done. But that's about it. Bill's tutorial starts there. ...( read more ) Read More...
    Posted to The Excel Team Blog by Excel Blog on Wed, Mar 28 2012
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  • VLOOKUP Week; Using VLOOKUP in VB

    Bill Jelen, MrExcel, has marked this week to honor the VLOOKUP function in MS Excel. Around the online Excel development community You will find contributions, usually blog posts, that gives various aspects for using or not VLOOKUP. I thought it would be interesting to create a case and see how VLOOKUP can be part of [...] Read More...
    Posted to XL-Dennis's Blog by VSTO & .NET & Excel on Thu, Mar 29 2012
  • New SQL Server 2012 Tools for MS Excel 2010

    Microsoft has recently released a new version of their toolkit Data Mining for MS Excel. It’s for SQL Server 2012 and explicit target MS Excel 2010. To download it click on the following text: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Excel 2010 In addition, Microsoft has released a new version of their PowerPivot tool [...] Read More...
    Posted to XL-Dennis's Blog by VSTO & .NET & Excel on Sat, Mar 31 2012
  • VLOOKUP Week Wraps Up: Vote For Your Favorite Post

    VLOOKUP Week has ended. The brainchild of Excel MVP Bill Jelen, the idea inspired all things VLOOKUP, including VLOOKUP odes, haikus, vampires, and a way to track shark attacks. Setting all fun aside--Excel experts created a crazy number of useful and innovative applications of VLOOKUP in seven days. The week might be over, but thanks to the enthusiasm of the Excel community and to the Web, the information will continue to instruct Excel users at all levels of expertise. So thanks, Bill, and thanks...
    Posted to The Excel Team Blog by Excel Blog on Wed, Apr 4 2012
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  • Excel: not just for geeks

    Ugh. Excel. It's not as intuitive as a Word doc, and not as aesthetically pleasing as a PowerPoint presentation. If you're more creative than analytical, you might feel as though it's dry and boring and filled with numbers you'd rather not look at. However, I can tell you that after you familiarize yourself with it, it is the best tool Microsoft Office has - and extremely easy to use! This guest post is written by Divya Bahl, a blogger for the popular site Her Campus . ...( read more...
    Posted to The Excel Team Blog by Excel Blog on Fri, Apr 6 2012
  • And the winner of the VLOOKUP Great White Shark Award is...

    JP Pinto! Congratulations! His post was one of seven chosen by Bill Jelen as the most innovative ones published during VLOOKUP Week . He won a copy Bill Jelens book Microsoft Excel 2010 In Depth. You can find links to all seven posts and see the voting results in our wrap-up post of VLOOKUP Week . ...( read more ) Read More...
    Posted to The Excel Team Blog by Excel Blog on Wed, Apr 11 2012
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  • Using multiple criteria in Excel Lookup formulas

    If you want to look up a value in a table using one criteria, it's simple. You can use a plain VLOOKUP formula. But if you want to use more than one criteria, what can you do? There are lots of ways using several Excel functions such as VLOOKUP, LOOKUP, MATCH, INDEX, etc. In this blog post, I'll show you a few of those ways. ...( read more ) Read More...
    Posted to The Excel Team Blog by Excel Blog on Thu, Apr 26 2012
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  • Updated! Try it for free: Count values that meet a condition with the COUNTIF function

    Update: See near the bottom of this post for the latest Office how-tos on embedding Excel and PowerPoint files on web pages. You probably know how to use the COUNT function to count cells that contain a value. But what if you want to count only the cells that meet a condition, such as being greater than or equal to a number or date you specify, or that matches text? That's where the COUNTIF function comes in really handy. Keep reading to learn more, and try out this great function for free using...
    Posted to The Excel Team Blog by Excel Blog on Fri, May 4 2012
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  • Quick Trick: Resizing column widths in pivot tables

    Who could be better than a Business Intelligence analyst at teaching us a thing or two about Excel? We asked our own number-crunching wizard Stacey Armstrong to share some Excel tricks she's learned along the way. In this first one, she shows us how to change the default width of a column in a pivot table. Knowing this is especially helpful when you're working with data that that makes a row really long. ...( read more ) Read More...
    Posted to The Excel Team Blog by Excel Blog on Tue, May 8 2012
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  • Split and recombine data in URLs

    Issue: I have a list of URLs with their corresponding page views. The URLs include a section of the site and the date when the page was published. I'd like to calculate the total number of page views by site section and the total number of page views by publication date. I want to reduce the time it would take to manually enter this data into new columns. To save time, I plan on using the Text to Columns wizard and Concatenate function rather than a complex formula. Once you learn the steps,...
    Posted to The Excel Team Blog by Excel Blog on Wed, May 16 2012
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