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Excel offers at least three ways to set up data so your reports and analyses can use it easily as a reliable data source.

Introducing Excel’s Three Types of Spreadsheet Databases

Excel offers three general ways to arrange data in your spreadsheet so you can use it as a database with your worksheet formulas: Simple...
Here's how to use a formula that returns TRUE or FALSE in Excel's conditional formatting feature to highlight rows that contain specific numbers or text.

How to Use Conditional-Format Formulas to Change Background Colors

"I have an Excel table with a column that will be filled with 'yes' or 'no. When a user enters 'yes' to a cell,...
Excel's dynamic range names give your formulas the power to adapt automatically in response to changes in your data or settings. Here's how to set them up.

How to Create and Use Dynamic Range Names in Excel

(Download the example workbooks.) We Excel users often refer to ranges that need to move or expand in future versions of our reports. For example: ...
Excel offers several ways to summarize data quickly and easily. Here are the most powerful and flexible approaches, which include using Excel array formulas.

The Most Powerful Ways to Summarize Excel Data for Reporting and Analysis

(Note: I wrote this before Microsoft introduced Excel Tables or SUMIFS. This post is scheduled for an update.) Excel users often need to summarize data...
Do you need to update your Excel reports with daily, weekly, or monthly data? Here's a low-maintenance way to do it, using one type of Excel database.

How to Report Periodic Data from Excel Databases

Sometimes, the best way to solve your Excel problem is to redesign your workbook. Ron G. brought this thought to mind with a recent question....
Here's how select a value from a list of values from a worksheet's a Validation List. You can use the list to display interactive data in reports.

How to Select Values from a Validation List in Excel

Excel provides two ways to select a value from a list of values. I often use this feature in interactive Excel reports to select dates,...
A great way to distribute Excel reports is as a PDF file. Then you distribute the file. Here's how to save any number of Excel reports to one PDF file.

How to Save Multiple Excel Reports to One PDF File

A great way to distribute your Excel reports is to save them in a PDF file and then distribute the file. People who receive your...
Read a Text File with VBA in Excel, and Write the Text to a Spreadsheet

Read a Text File with VBA in Excel, and Write the Text to a...

"I need to write a text file into one row of my Excel spreadsheet, cell by cell, 20 characters at a time. It's urgent....
Pivot Tables aren't merely a way to interact with your data. You also can use them as a rich source of data for standard reports and analyses. And you don't need to limit formulas to GETPIVOTDATA; you also can use SUMIFS, SUMPRODUCT, and all other Excel functions with pivots. Here's how.

How to Set Up a Pivot Table as an Excel-Friendly Database

You can use a Pivot Table as a database in the same way that you can use Excel Tables and other Excel-Friendly Databases (EFDs). In...
Excel offers two powerful worksheet functions that can return the data you need from any type of worksheet database. One is more powerful, but calculates slowly. The other is nearly as powerful, but much faster.

The Two Functions You MUST Know to Return Values from Excel Tables

“Export to Excel is the 3rd most common button in BI apps…after OK and Cancel.” —Rob Collie, one of the founding engineers behind PowerPivot at...

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To reduce errors in reports, you should foot and cross-foot them. But Excel's floating-point arithmetic gets in the way. Here's how to fix the problem with a standard deviation calculation.

How to Foot and Cross-Foot Excel Reports in a Floating-Point World

At first glance, the following report is an ordinary one. It merely sums an Excel Table by Product and Region, and then foots and...

Excel’s XLOOKUP Function Explained

Excel's XLOOKUP function searches a range or an array, and returns an item corresponding to the first match it finds. If a match doesn't...

Excel’s VLOOKUP Function Explained

Excel's VLOOKUP function looks in the first column of an array and moves across the row to return the value of a cell. VLOOKUP is...
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