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An article in the Wall Street Journal about babies born during the winter months offers some great advice about charts for Excel users in business.

Excel Charts, Seasonality, & Analysis: Five Lessons from the WSJ

A 2009 article in the Wall Street Journal offered some great advice for Excel users in business. The article, New Light on the Plight of...

Show Key Stats Automatically in Periodic Excel Reports

Each issue of Business Week magazine used to include several figures titled "The Stat". These figures emphasized key data related to the article on...

How to Reproduce Your Excel Work Across Many Categories, Part 3 of 3

Part 1 of this series about analytical spawning with Excel described how Excel users often need to spawn one model or report across many related...
Excel is a great tool for creating business plans. But one massive Excel business plan offers some great ideas about what NOT to do.

How to Audit and Improve Excel Business Plans

A client, who's a business-finance consultant, recently was hired to improve the financial forecast for a major startup company. He recently sent me the...
With a little creativity in the design of your Excel charts, and in choosing its colors and fonts, you really can create professional-quality results.

Professional Quality Excel Chart Labels, Legends, and Colors

The following Excel chart shows that Excel really CAN generate professional-quality chart figures. Here are some general strategies to consider… 1. Set up your data-plumbing correctly....
The first time the general public saw Excel dashboards was in 1993 when Tektronix used this report to demonstrate the quality of their printers.

The First Excel Dashboard Report Shown in Public

Tektronix invented one of the early moderately priced color printers. When one of their employees saw a sample of my Excel dashboards from 1992, the...
This Excel figure shows three charts showing Covid-19's economic damage: Initial Claims, Business Loans, and Cass Freight Shipments.

Three Charts Showing Covid-19’s Economic Damage

The following Excel figure shows three indicators of the US economy.Chart 1 measures the number of new unemployment claims during the past...
These Excel column charts of employment, business lending, and freight shipments show mixed signals about the current health of the US economy.

Excel Bar Charts with Economic Indicators

The Excel figure below shows three indicators of the US economy. Two show economic improvements and one doesn't. The Excel Perspective Using column charts rather than...
The Weekly Economic Index (WEI) combines ten weekly measures to estimate the growth in the United States' GDP each week. It's the only measure of its kind.

Chart of the New Economic Index that Tracks GDP Weekly

In April 2020, the Federal Reserve Economic Database (FRED) added a measure that will be followed closely during the Covid-19 economic devastation and recovery....
In your Excel reports and analyses, there's a huge difference between documenting performance and communicating it. Do you know that difference?

Do Your Excel Reports Document Performance? Or Communicate It?

When you report or analyze performance in Excel, you need to ask yourself a key question... Am I documenting results, or communicating them? There’s a huge...

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The LET function is the most powerful function that Microsoft has released for Excel in years. Here's an introduction to its features.

How to Use Excel’s LET Function

In the summer of 2020, Microsoft introduced the LET function for Excel 365—one of the most-significant new worksheet functions that Microsoft has introduced in...
You can ratchet down errors in your Excel reports by using an Error Summary Table that uses conditional formatting to alert you to errors.

How to Set Up an Automatic Error-Checking System in Excel Reports

Decades ago, I worked as a cost accountant for a large company. But because our department received terrible reports, I wrote my own reports...using...
Here's how to create an Excel array from two others, with the arrays stacked either one on top of the other, or side-by-side, like books on a shelf.

How to Stack and Shelve Dynamic Arrays

While using Excel 365 recently, I needed to create one dynamic array that would consist of two arrays, with one stacked on top of...
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