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Sometimes, the most-productive thing you can do with Excel is to THINK about how you intend to use Excel to achieve your information goals. That’s what this category is all about.

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...
Your data can contain many important, hidden patterns. But simple transformations in Excel can help to reveal them—as this example illustrates.

Simple Transformations Can Reveal Hidden Patterns in Your Data

Excel users have at least two significant advantages over business professionals who rely on other analytical and reporting tools. First advantage: We Excel users can...

How to Smooth Monthly Trends with Centered Moving Averages

I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal about the expected increase of electric vehicles in the US. That made me wonder...
Excel's Quick Access Toolbar can save you many clicks and needless work. Here are the eight QAT tools that I use, and how I use them.

Eight Great Tools for Your Quick Access Toolbar

I use eight great tools in my Quick Action Toolbar (QAT), and you might want to consider using them yourself. Before I get into the...

How to Set Up Multiple Conditional Formats with Formulas

In How to Set Up a Square-Format U.S. Map in Excel, I showed how to create a square-format US map in Excel. I also...
Here's how to calculate the annual rate of inflation both by comparing prices several years apart, and by several months apart.

How to Calculate Inflation in Three Different Ways

Today, in the third quarter of 2021, the business press is churning out an avalanche of articles about the return of inflation. Although some...
This Excel map relies on conditional formatting to highlight areas of interest.

How to Set Up a Square-Format U.S. Map in Excel

For several years, the Wall Street Journal has occasionally used a square-format US map like the following image. But when I noticed a recent...

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...
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...

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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...
Your data can contain many important, hidden patterns. But simple transformations in Excel can help to reveal them—as this example illustrates.

Simple Transformations Can Reveal Hidden Patterns in Your Data

Excel users have at least two significant advantages over business professionals who rely on other analytical and reporting tools. First advantage: We Excel users can...
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