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Excel Tips Weekly

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Overview

Get a new productivity-boosting tip every Tuesday from Excel expert Dennis Taylor.

This tips-based course will show Excel users productivity-boosting tricks, cool hidden features, need-to-know functions, and advanced content on subjects such as using PivotTables for data analysis. Tune in every Tuesday for a new tip from expert Dennis Taylor. Each tutorial is a short, self-contained lesson guaranteed to give you new insights into Excel.Note: Because this is an ongoing series, viewers will not receive a certificate of completion.

Syllabus

Excel Tips
  • Work with cell colors, patterns, and effects to emphasize data and provide visual flair
  • Dynamic array formulas, new ways to calculate: One formula displays results in multiple cells
Previous Episodes
  • Hide and unhide worksheets securely
  • Resizing, moving, copying, and manipulating charts and other objects
  • Using list boxes and combo boxes to facilitate forms creation
  • Using the FORMULATEXT and N functions for worksheet and formula documentation
  • Using the ISBLANK and COUNTBLANK functions to check for and tabulate blank cells
  • Summarizing data from diverse ranges with Data > Consolidate
  • Using check boxes and conditional formatting together for dynamic displays
  • Becoming more productive with these 10 tiny tips you'll use often
  • Transposing data and charts for a different perspective on your data
  • Applying conditional formatting across rows of data
  • Exploring various layouts for your PivotTable
  • Splitting and consolidating workbooks
  • Using date and time as metrics in a PivotTable
  • Adding illustrations to your workbook
  • Using a pick list, VLOOKUP, table, and chart together
  • Using formulas to calculate values across worksheets and workbooks
  • Dynamically presenting data via chart slicers
  • Parsing your data to create unique lists
  • Using the REPT function to represent data visually
  • Using source data from a table to make your PivotTable more dynamic
  • Accelerating Cut, Copy, Paste, and Insert tasks
  • Increasing your productivity with custom lists
  • Highlighting PivotTable results with conditional formatting
  • Customizing templates to fit your unique needs
  • Creating dynamic charts with in-cell conditional formatting
  • Enhancing table filtering with slicers
  • Converting charts into pictures
  • Custom grouping in PivotTables
  • Quick formatting tips
  • The top five unknown but useful keyboard shortcuts
  • Using the TREND and GROWTH functions for projecting future results
  • Using scroll bars and spin buttons to facilitate forms creation
  • Creating colorful 3D buttons for worksheet annotation and macro buttons
  • Calculating with hours, minutes, and times of day
  • Tracking down cell dependencies across multiple worksheets and workbooks
  • Discovering time-saving tools in the Go To Special feature
  • Adding, managing, and printing comments for worksheet documentation
  • Reducing data entry time by expanding AutoCorrect options
  • Setting up custom views for quick access to different worksheet displays
  • Using hyperlinks for rapidly switching worksheet locations and jumping to websites
  • Controlling worksheet security by allowing selected users to edit specific cell ranges
  • Using option buttons, group boxes, and checkboxes to facilitate forms creation
  • Exploring what-if scenarios using Goal Seek
  • Creating text, numerical, date, and time lists in a flash
  • Creating variable conditional formatting rules
  • Handling dates with unusual formats
  • Using wildcards (asterisk, tilde, and question mark)
  • Custom formats using asterisk, semicolon, and brackets
  • Meeting unusual filtering needs via Advanced Filter
  • Create an organization chart
  • Two-way lookup using the MATCH and INDEX functions
  • Using Excel error-checking functions
  • Custom formats, relative addressing, and conditional formatting
  • Auditing
  • Adding comments and shapes
  • Drawing borders and border grids
  • Building a flexible monthly table using functions
  • Adding pictures as worksheet backgrounds
  • ADDRESS, ROW, and COLUMN functions
  • Join data with new CONCAT and TEXTJOIN functions
  • Working with formulas in tables
  • Locating data validation rules and violations
  • Creating an Excel template
  • Restoring missing column titles
  • Creating a pick list dependent on another pick list
  • Using command shortcuts with the Alt key
  • Set up a macro for sorting dynamic data
  • Use random number functions for sorting and creating sample data
  • Use calcuated fields and calculated items in a PivotTable
  • Replace characters by position with the REPLACE function
  • Work with formulas in tables
  • Keystroke shortcuts from A to Z: Using the Ctrl key
  • Use special tricks for working with dates in charts
  • Use a data form for data entry and exploring data
  • Creating an Excel template to simplify updating a monthly file
  • DATEDIF
    • Calculate dates efficiently using Excel's hidden function
    • Create dynamic sheet name references with the INDIRECT function
    • Avoid errors and hidden data with the powerful AGGREGATE function
    • Hide worksheets, row, columns, cells and other Excel elements
    • Use slicers and charts together for dynamic presentations
    • Save a chart as a template: Use the template for current or new charts
    • MAXIFS and MINIFS added to the COUNTIF/SUMIF family of functions
    • Adjust a chart's source data and adjust its series order
    • Use the OFFSET function for tabulating moving data
    • Alter numeric data without formulas
    • Use Flash Fill to rapidly combine or separate columnar data
    • Adjust banded-row formatting
    • Change the shape of comment boxes and other objects
    • How and when to use the 10 rounding functions in Excel
    • Calculate faster with the AutoSum button and AutoSum keystroke shortcut
    • How to use mixed cell references
    • Activate the Speak On Enter and Speak Cells features
    • Accelerate data entry with five special techniques
    • Insert a text box or shape and link a cell's content to it
    • Use Watch Window and other techniques to track changing cells
    • How to create time interval entries
    • How to create frequency tabulations and distributions
    • Create an expanded list from a summary using PivotTable techniques
    • Solve matching issues with matching phone numbers and SS numbers
    • Use CHOOSE to calculate fiscal quarters and as a VLOOKUP alternative
    • Use outlining tools to quickly expand and collapse data for dynamic presentations
    • Use the SUBTOTAL (and AGGREGATE) functions to avoid double counting
    • Create lists of all 2nd Tuesdays, last Tuesdays. and other date series
    • Create linkage formulas that refer to other worksheets and workbooks
    • Formula nesting: Using multiple functions in the same formula
    • Keyboard shortcuts for numeric formats
    • Use the Subtotal command to analyze data with single- or multiple-level subtotals
    • Work with MAX, MAXIFS, LARGE, and related functions
    • Use the dynamic TODAY and NOW functions for real-time up-to-date calculations
    • Use the FIND, MID, LEFT, and RIGHT functions
    • Flip the left-to-right order of columns with the INDEX function or sort by columns
    • Working with hidden data when copying cells and creating charts
    • Use conditional formatting data bars to accentuate negative data
    • Creative use of sparklines in merged cells with axes
    • Copy formats quickly using dragging techniques and the Format Painter
    • Displaying multiple worksheets and workbooks together
    • Tips for creating and updating sample data
    • Use conditional formatting to overcome formatting limitations of the IF function
    • Use VLOOKUP, MATCH, and INDEX functions with array formulas
    • Summarize data from different worksheets with a PivotTable
    • AutoFill shortcuts for date series, one/two week intervals, EOM, and formulas
    • Create summary statistics using COUNTIFS, SUMIFS, and AVERAGEIFS functions
    • Use custom formulas in data validation to keep out bad data
    • Dealing with circular errors
    • Tips for creating charts quickly
    • Creating heat maps using conditional formatting
    • Using the INDEX function to extract data by row and column
    • Displaying tips when using Excel in presentations
    • The Wrap Text, Merge and Center, and Indent options
    • Using fill effects (gradients, patterns, styles) for colorful cell background variations
    • Working with multiple worksheets simultaneously
    • Exploring font choices not found on the Home tab
    • Using WordArt for special titles and headings
    • Creating a two-way lookup with VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, INDEX, and MATCH functions
    • Borders and gridlines: Exploring variations, options, and differences
    • New Excel 2016 chart types: Tree map and sunburst
    • Freezing column and row titles
    • Use data validation to force entries to be uppercase or lowercase
    • Avoiding common chart distortions
    • Use the new funnel chart available in Excel 365
    • Combine data using CONCATENATE, CONCAT, and TEXTJOIN functions and the ampersand (&) character
    • Recognizing Excel Formula errors: #N/A, #VALUE!, #REF!, #DIV/0!, #NUM, and #NAME!
    • Creating cross-totals with the SUMIFS function and mixed references
    • New Excel 2016 chart types: Histogram, Pareto, and box, and whisker
    • Using the AND and OR functions independently or within IF functions
    • Vertical and horizontal alignment settings and orientation options
    • Sorting tips and shortcuts
    • A look at new chart types in Excel 2016: Waterfall
    • Work with formulas and formats: Decimals and fractions
    • Creating mixed reference formulas; converting to a table; applying conditional formatting
    • Control gridlines in charts and on worksheets
    • Use the INDIRECT function with intersection formulas and range names to extract data
    • Using Expand/Collapse on PivotTables and PivotCharts for rapid display changes
    • Control phone number and postal code formats using built-in options or customized formats
    • Change the default Excel chart type; create and use chart templates
    • Create your own customized date and time formats
    • Create on-screen warnings and reminders with comments or data validation messages
    • Use REPLACE for formats only, for data only, or for both
    • Create numeric formats: Display in thousands or millions
    • Converting dates like 20102006 into usable date entries
    • Create custom lists for letter series like A to Z
    • Freeze Panes and Split
    • NETWORKDAYS.INTL and WORKDAY.INTL
    • Calculate % of change
    • Fill in all blank cells within a range with either formatting or data
    • Use the COUNT and COUNTA functions
    • Use workbook protection to prevent use of sheet commands
    • Rank data with the RANK and RANK.AVG functions
    • Use nonstandard fiscal years and quarters in PivotTables
    • Identify or extract unique entries in a list
    • Keyboard, mouse, and command techniques for viewing worksheets
    • Create artistic charts with random numbers
    • Extract day, month, and year from date fields
    • Compare data with EXACT, FIND, and SEARCH functions
    • How to covert ROMAN numberals
    • Use range names for more readable formulas
    • Customize your Quick Access Toolbar
    • Conditional formatting based on date proximity
    • How to adjust names
    • Differences and limitations of converting data to a table
    • Avoid the #DIV/0 error message
    • Explore formatting options not available on the Home tab
    • Control table formatting with custom formats
    • Use date functions for age and tenure calculations
    • Avoid unintentional entries when typing code numbers
    • Sorting by moving columns
    • Calculating cumulative totals
    • Using the CONVERT function for different numbering systems
    • Creating an automatically expanding chart by basing it on a table
    • Keystroke shortcuts using the Alt key
    • Using the Solver Add-in
    • Column widths, row heights, merging cells, and related formatting issues
    • Adjusting default layouts and date grouping in PivotTables
    • Auditing cell content with Watch Window and dependent cell formulas
    • Use the LEN and REPT functions for specialized cell testing and display options
    • Use the TRIM and CLEAN functions to remove excess spaces and non-printing characters
    • Create double-spaced and triple-spaced printouts while repeating column headings
    • Helpful keystroke shortcuts
    • Identify weekdays and weekend days in data
    • Use chart and filter for presentations
    • Create picture links
    • How to use the error-checking rules in Excel
    • Protect worksheets and lock cells
    • Use mixed addresses in Excel formulas
    • Rapid filtering with Filter by Selection
    • Display large values
    • Tracking down conditional formatting and data validation rules
    • Transposing data and using the TRANSPOSE function
    • Displaying gridlines, borders, and column/row headings when printing
    • Exploring some of the 200-plus SmartArt graphic options
    • Using the CEILING and FLOOR functions for specialized rounding needs
    • Inserting, reshaping, and formatting shapes: Rectangles, arrows, stars, and banners
    • Tabulating totals with the VLOOKUP function and array constants
    • Working with array formulas more easily
    • Using the new UNIQUE function to count and copy unique list entries
    • Creating and updating sample data
    • Format macros to make you a more efficient Excel user
    • Use the new SORT and SORTBY functions to extract sorted lists
    • Use themes to adjust worksheet colors, fonts, and effects
    • Calculate loan payments and investments with PMT and FV functions
    • Use the XLOOKUP function to replace VLOOKUP
    • Chart display options with blank cells in source data
    • Adjust Conditional Formatting rules by altering percentage breakpoints
    • Discover new formula capabilities with new functions and dynamic arrays
    • Sort or filter data based on color font or cell color background
    • Simplify the use of special characters and symbols
    • Select from over 800 icons to enliven worksheets
    • Use the new RANDARRAY function that replaces RAND and RANDBETWEEN
    • How and when to use an area chart
    • Insert colorful images with the People Graph Add-in
    • Use formulas to create interactive charts
    • Track variables using the Scenario Manager
    • Get totals quickly without creating formulas
    • Use column or row references to create dynamic formulas
    • Overcoming obstacles when working with dates in charts
    • Create map-type charts based on geographical locations
    • Techniques for creating date series
    • Extract filtered data with data validation and the FILTER function
    • Use Find and Replace to change cell contents and formats
    • Add formula tools and symbols to the Quick Access Toolbar
    • Change PivotTable settings for titles and summaries
    • Use the Excel filtering capability for dates
    • Use worksheet names in formulas
    • Use data validation rules with special phone and social security formats
    • Work with time calculations in formulas
    • Prevent and locate duplicate worksheet entries
    • Look forward and backward using EDATE and other date functions
    • Display and highlight worksheet formula cells
    • Split or join columnar data with Text to Columns or Flash Fill
    • Highlight milestone data with conditional formatting and cumulative formulas
    • Use the XMATCH function to replace MATCH
    • Create a powerful macro
    • Work with hidden and visible data in filtered and subtotaled lists
    • Use TODAY, NOW, YEARFRAC, and DATEDIF
    • Use data validation rules to prevent duplicate entries in a range
    • Use various techniques to hide cells, rows, columns, and worksheets
    • Align, arrange, and rotate shapes in worksheets
    • File documentation with the Workbook Statistics button
    • Avoid misleading visuals when rescaling
    • Use the Fill Justify feature to wrap long text
    • Create range names from Column and Row headings
    • Use the SUBSTITUTE and REPLACE functions
    • Accelerate Conditional Formatting with the Quick Access Toolbar
    • Use wildcard symbols in functions
    • Use wildcard symbols in filtering and commands
    • Condense lengthy nested IF functions with the newer IFS function
    • Add flair to charts with these formatting options: Gap width, shadow, glow, 3D, and more
    • Control worksheet security by allowing selected users to edit specific cell ranges
    • Retrieve vital data based on location using the Geography tool
    • Use the new SEQUENCE function to quickly build numeric and date arrays
    • Calculating text length and word count with LEN, TRIM, and SUBSTITUTE functions
    • Create a list box to facilitate selection of data from a list
    • Use various Excel count functions: COUNT, COUNTA, COUNTBLANK, and more
    • Enhance readability with banded rows via conditional formatting
    • Seven different ways to drag data using the Ctrl, Shift, and Alt keys
    • Use the SWITCH function: Compare with IFS, CHOOSE, and other lookup functions
    • Adjust charts quickly with quick layout, change colors, and chart styles options
    • Analyze PivotTable data with 13 different Show Values As options
    • Expand/collapse or sort displayed results when using the SUBTOTAL command
    • Use the AGGREGATE function to circumvent errors and ignore hidden data
    • Use the F9 key to evaluate parts of a formula, recalculate random entries, and control iteration
    • Using last-to-first (bottom-up) searches with XLOOKUP and XMATCH
    • Explore Paste Special options: Skip Blanks, Column Widths, Add, Transpose, and more
    • Reduce data entry drudgery with Ctrl+Enter, AutoComplete, and AutoCorrect
    • Using the LET function to simplify formulas via programming concepts
    • Create 51 new US State worksheets, or any multiple cluster of worksheets, in a flash
    • Create moving averages with formulas and chart trendlines
    • Use error-checking functions in Excel: IFERROR, ISERR, and ISERROR
    • Use Alt+Enter and Wrap Text for line-wrapping titles and improving formula readability

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