Hyperlinks can be used to link to other sheets, webpages or other files such as PDF’s from your Excel spreadsheet. If you are creating hyperlinks for many records though this will take a long time to set them up.
Excel provides a HYPERLINK function for creating hyperlinks in our spreadsheets. The real power behind this function is that it can be used to create dynamic hyperlinks.
We can create conditional hyperlinks by nesting them within an IF function, or create hyperlinks that can find the address to link to themselves by embedding Lookup or Text functions within them. This helps us to create automated and error resistant spreadsheets.
Do you want to advance your skills by learning Excel? Performing date calculations can sometimes be troublesome. Trying to calculate the number of working days between two dates, or automatically finding the date in two months’ time is not as straight forward as formulas with general numbering can be.
Fortunately Excel has a full repertoire of fantastic date functions. Here are five of the best.
Written by Mynda Treacy of My Online Training Hub.
Writing formulas can have you tearing your hair out especially when you start nesting them. Here are 4 tips to help you troubleshoot when things go wrong.
There are many ways to count records using multiple conditions in Excel. These can range from using the COUNTIFS function, PivotTables or by simply filtering the data. However neither of them are as flexible as the SUMPRODUCT function.
The SUMPRODUCT function is used to multiply the values of multiple arrays and then sum the totals. However it is capable of so much more amazing feats. It truly is one of those hidden gems waiting to be discovered.
Excel contains 400+ functions and this list is constantly growing. There are functions to perform almost any task from financial, date and time, statistical etc.
This learn how to use Excel post looks at 3 little known special Excel functions that will take your skills to another level and make you the envy of your work colleagues.
A key skill in Excel training is to be able to lookup and retrieve data from a range of records. The most popular way of achieving this is to use the Vlookup function. The Vlookup function on Excel is awesome and easy to use, but it has its drawbacks.
Cue the DGET function. A very powerful Excel function that will retrieve data from a record without the limitations of Vlookup. Advantages of using the DGET function include:
- It can retrieve data from a column to the left of the column you searched within.
- It can lookup data based on multiple conditions.
- It can handle both AND and OR logic.
Working recently at a large Internet company they needed to find how many words were in a cell. This was because they had imported hundreds of thousands of keywords that customers had used to find their site through search engines.
To analyse this data they wanted to count how many words were in each cell containing keyword searches. Excel provides many text functions for managing and manipulating the text in the cells of your spreadsheet. The following formula did the job.
I was asked today if it was possible to write an IF function that could insert a happy face if certain criteria was met. This would be used to show good performance. An unhappy face would be inserted for poor performance.
To insert a happy face in Excel we need to enter a capital J and format the cell in a Wingdings font. For an unhappy face, it’s a capital L formatted in the Wingdings font. Continue reading
A very powerful function in Excel that is unknown by many is the Cell function. Use the Cell function to find information about a cell. This can include the cell’s number format, row number or whether it is locked or protected.
There are times when this kind of functionality becomes extremely useful. Especially whilst Excel does not provide many other means of finding the number format of a cell, or whether it has been locked. Continue reading
An interesting question came up during one of my consultancy visits last week. They needed to find the top 5 values in a list based on multiple criteria. They then also needed the name of the company achieving that value. Continue reading