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If the formulas in your Excel reports and analyses display errors like #DIV/0! or #VALUE!, here are some simple ways to trap them.

Error Handling in Excel Spreadsheets

It’s virtually guaranteed. If you have a bunch of formulas like this… M43:   =C43/D43 …then the divisor, D43 in this instance, will have a value 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...

The First Excel Dashboard Report

The Excel dashboard below is from the first-ever package of dashboard reports, which I created to show Excel's power to a client...
Here's how to add sources and uses of funds to your company's Balance Sheet in Excel to get a clearer picture of how the changes affect your cash flow.

Use this Excel ‘Cash Flow Balance Sheet’ to See Sources & Uses of Funds...

For most businesses, cash flow is more important than profits and losses. The reason is clear. A profitable company with negative cash flows may not...
Your Return On Equity ratio is a key indicator of financial health. This report lets you show the components of that ratio in a unique Excel display.

Map Your Financial Health With an Excel DuPont Dashboard

Management reporting is all about communication. Reporting Return On Equity (ROE) is a case in point. The ROE financial ratio is a key measure of...

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 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...
These Excel dashboards, inspired by long-running displays in business magazines, illustrate more ways to format your Excel reports.

Sample Excel Dashboard Reports from Forbes and Business Week

This mock-up is based on a format that Business Week used about thirty years ago. However, their report used a different color scheme. As...
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...
A reader asked how to generate the same report for 27 different divisions. If you have a similar challenge, here's how to get started.

Interactive Excel Reporting

Several years ago, a reader asked me to help him with an Excel-reporting challenge that might sound familiar. His challenge, he said, was that he...

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A Lesson in Excel Analysis Learned from Rising US Inflation

Looking at the trends in the annual rate of change (ROC) of business and economic measures is an excellent way to reveal hidden information...
Here's how you can split delimited text into an array with a short Excel formula, and then wrap the formula with the INDEX function to return any value from the array.

How to Split and Index Delimited Text with Excel Formulas

For the longest time I've wished that Microsoft would add a SPLIT function to Excel. The function would have a syntax like this... =SPLIT(text, delimiter,...
Berkshire Hathaway is raising prices, and their costs are increasing. Inflation is on the rise. These Excel charts illustrate the the problem.

Warren Buffett, Inflation, and Excel

On May 3, 2021, CNBC quoted Warren Buffett saying, “We are seeing very substantial inflation. We are raising prices. People are raising prices to...
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