Friday, January 22, 2021
It makes sense to document your VBA programs. Here are four easy ways to help yourself and others know what your VBA programs are trying to do, and why.

Corporate VBA Standards for Excel Users Who Program

(Update: To see an illustration of the points I discussed here, see Read a Text File with VBA, And Write the Text to Excel.) In most...
When you bring data from another source into an Excel worksheet, the data often includes rows that you’ll want to delete. Here's the second of two methods.

How to Delete Blank or Unneeded Rows, Method 2

Data copied from a web site or imported from a variety of sources often include irrelevant rows of data. For example, the only way to...
To improve forecasting, you can use Excel charts to track how quickly new products, stores, sales people, and so on ramp up their performance compared with similar launches in the past.

Use Common-Age Excel Charts to Compare and Forecast Performance for the Same Number of...

In the early lives of new products or new stores, managers often are anxious to track and improve sales performance. To do so, it's...
We can't push around numbers all the time with Excel. Sometimes, we just need to goof off. So here are some examples of business cartoons I drew in Excel.

Use Excel’s Drawing Tools to Create Your Own Cartoons

More than ten years ago, I went on a family trip. I didn't take my laptop, because my wife told me to leave the...
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: ...
Here's how a few Excel formulas can move data between Excel's most widely used table designs to transfer data from source files into a more usable form.

How to Read and Update Excel Tables Using SUMIFS and INDEX-MATCH

A growing number of Excel users in business are linking their reports and analyses to Excel tables. By doing so, they can update them...
Here's how to use both VBA and iterative calculations to update your workbook in response to DDE updates. Also includes ideas from other Excel MVPs.

Track Dynamic Data with VBA or with Iterative Calculations

"My A1 cell changes value every minute because it imports data from a DDE server. To keep historical data, I would like to list...
Excel 2003 offers only 56 colors in its standard palette. Even so, you can create Excel reports that use any colors you want. Here's how...

Display Any Colors in Excel

(Note: I wrote this article in about 2004, and I rediscovered it only recently. Because there's a lot to say about using colors in...
Should You Raise Prices? Should You Lower Them? These Excel Charts Can Help You Answer Those Questions

Should You Raise Prices? Should You Lower Them? These Excel Charts Can Help You...

In the early 1980s I was the CFO of a company owned by a man whose first instinct was to cut prices. When business was...
These example dashboards—prepared by an Excel-using employee—use charts and tables to show top-ten results for a medical device company.

Weekly & Monthly Top-Ten Activity Reports

When one of my readers, Chris Helfrecht, sent the two sample Excel dashboards below, he wrote that he tried to follow my methods for...

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We compare Excel's five columnar lookup functions.

XLOOKUP vs VLOOKUP vs INDEX-MATCH vs SUMIFS

SUMIFS? Really? Why is SUMIFS included among those lookup methods? I'll explain in a few minutes. But first, let's look at the lookup methods shown in...
How to aggregate named groups of GL accounts.

How to Report GL Account Groups in Excel

Believe it or not, this income statement is quite sophisticated. It's not nearly as simple-minded as it looks. In fact, this income statement illustrates a...
If you want all your Excel reports, analyses, forecasts, and other Excel work to be highly productive, this is the only strategy that will work for you.

An Introduction to Excel Data Plumbing

Would you like to: Create your new reports, analyses, forecasts, and other Excel work quickly? Update your Excel work with one command, without using...
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