Monday, December 5, 2022
If you have seasonal sales, or other measures of performance, Cycle Plots can offer more insight into your performance than traditional charting techniques.

How to Create Cycle Plots in Excel to Chart Seasonal Sales Data

If your company's sales are seasonable, you've probably seen a chart that looks something like the first one below. This Excel chart shows the continuous...
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...
Here's one way to highlight exceptional performance in your Excel management reports. You just need an Excel chart, its CHOOSE function, and linked pictures.

How to Create Excel Traffic Lights with Charts and Text

"Traffic lights" are a common feature offered by software designed for management reporting and analysis. Traffic lights provide at least two benefits. First, they alert...
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...

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...
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...
Spreadsheet users in businesses have distributed management dashboard reports for more than 30 years. Here's an example from the early days of spreadsheets.

The First Spreadsheet Dashboard: Mini-Graph Reports in Lotus 1-2-3

This is the first dashboard report ever created with spreadsheets. I worked on this reporting technique in the early 1980s, then included this report...
Most range names in Excel apply to the entire workbook. But you also can define them to apply only to one worksheet. Here's why and how to do that.

How and Why to Define Excel Range Names with a Worksheet Scope

In Excel, a name can be global to a workbook or local to a worksheet. The traditional method we all use when we create...
Although Slicers normally are used with PivotTables and Excel Tables, you also can set them up to control any settings in your interactive workbooks, just as you would when you use Validation Lists.

How to Use Excel Slicers to Control Settings in Your Reports and Analyses

The figure below is using Slicers to control a setting in a workbook, a setting that tells Excel's Camera tool which of three images...
You can use Slicers rather than Validation Lists to control any settings in your interactive workbooks. You're not limited to controlling only Tables and Pivot Tables. Here's how to do it.

Interactive Dashboard Magic with Excel Slicers

The figure below illustrates an Excel magic trick I created for an Excel Dashboard, using in Excel 2016. The key trick is the method I...

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Growing too fast can be dangerous to your company's health. Use the Sustainable Growth Rate ratio to track your company's financial ability to grow.

How Fast Is Too Fast?

(Originally published in Inc Magazine.) What typically tops the list of worries of the chief executive officers of fast growing companies? Financing that growth, according...

How to Smooth Data by Using the TREND Function

Years ago, I read that Prof. William S. Cleveland had suggested that data could be smoothed by calculating a centered trendline through adjacent data—a...
Two economists have introduced a new leading indicator, which predicts a recession soon. These Excel charts illustrate their insight. If they're correct, Excel users will be very busy in the months ahead.

Consumer Sentiment Suggests a 2022 Recession

In recent months, business websites have speculated about recessions and stagflation in 2022. These predictions could affect your Excel work significantly in the next few...
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