Saturday, May 15, 2021
Here's how to define a background image for an entire worksheet or for a chart. And also, here's how to fake having a background image for a range.

How to Add Background Images in Excel

"How can I place a background image and still use the cells that the image covers?" -- Sally M. Sally, You can do this, but possibly...
Are you tired of using Excel tables in your reports? Here's a way to add some class to them while learning more about little-known features of Excel.

Add Class to Your Reports with Excel Drawing Objects

In my (out of print) book,Dashboard Reporting With Excel, I recommended that you "steal" ideas for Excel reports from business magazines. I recently had another...
Excel's Linked Picture feature (Camera tool) allows us to position a table in reports while ignoring the row and column settings in the report worksheet.

Ideas about Using Excel’s Linked-Picture (Camera) Tool

Of all the Excel features that users don’t use very often, Excel's Linked Picture tool probably is the most powerful. This tool, known in...
Summary tables in Excel reports have always been difficult to format so they don't LOOK like Excel tables. Here's one extreme method you might want to try.

Add Some Style to Your Tables in Excel Reports

Excel tables in reports have always been difficult for me to format professionally. So every once in a while, I experiment with them. The two...
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...

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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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