Create a Geographic Heat Map in Excel – FREE Add-in

In this blog post we create a geographic heat map in Excel using a cool free Excel add-in. This add-in is extremely easy to use, meaning you can have an awesome looking geographic heat map on your Excel report in minutes.

The image below shows the data being used for this example. I have a list of countries and a number of online training subscribers.

This data has been plotted on an image of a world map using a red to green colour scheme.

Create a geographic heat map in Excel
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4 Ways to Group Times in Excel – PivotTables and Formulas

If your spreadsheet contains a list of times, it is useful to group them into intervals such as 30 minutes, hourly or every 6 hours.

Fortunately Excel provides a variety of methods to group time depending on what you need. In this blog post we look at 4 ways to group times using PivotTables and Excel formulas. Continue reading

4 Excel MOD Function Examples – Excel Formula Tutorial

The MOD function of Excel is used to return the remainder after one number is divided by another. Simple, but there are some very useful examples of the MOD function.

In this blog post we explore 4 Excel MOD function examples. Hopefully this will help to see how versatile this function can be.

To start we better have a quick introduction to how to use the MOD function. It looks like this;

=MOD(number, divisor)

You need to provide it first with the number you want to divide, and then the number you want to divide it by (divisor).

You can see some basic examples of this below.

Basic MOD function examples

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4 Excel VLOOKUP Examples – Why You Should Use VLOOKUP Function

When learning the VLOOKUP function, one of the things people can struggle with is seeing why this function is so useful. In this blog post we look at 4 VLOOKUP examples.

The purpose of VLOOKUP is to look for a value and return some information about that value. Although quite specific in its role, this function can be used in some very clever and interesting ways. Continue reading

Using Wildcard Characters in Excel Formulas

Wildcard characters can be used in Excel to perform partial matches on text. This can be extremely useful as you can use them in filters, the find and replace tool and especially in formulas.

This blog post explores some examples of using wildcard characters in formulas to find, sum or count cells containing partial matches to what we are searching for.

If you prefer a video tutorial then check it out below, otherwise please continue for the written tutorial.

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4 Amazing Tips for the CONCATENATE Function

The most commonly used text function of Excel is CONCATENATE. This brilliant function join text together into one cell. This is typically a combination of written text, and text that is contained with cells on the spreadsheet.

The example below is a typical example of CONCATENATE. In this example, it is being used to join the first name and last name and insert a space in between. The formula below is written in cell C2.

Using the CONCATENATE function in Excel

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The WEEKDAY Function in Excel – Two Examples

Excel has many wonderful date and time functions. These functions are some of the most popular in Excel.

One that drifts under the radar a little is the WEEKDAY function. This function will return a number that identifies the day of the week of a date.

This can be very useful. This blog post will look at two examples of what the WEEKDAY function can do for you. Continue reading

Excel Formula for Elapsed Time in Days, Hours and Minutes

Having to calculate date and time difference in Excel is a common task. Unfortunately, depending on your requirements it is also not always a simple one.

Take this example where column A contains a start date and time, and column B an end date and time. We wish to calculate the elapsed time in days, hours and minutes e.g. 11 days 4 hours 9 minutes.

Difference between two date and times

There are multiple ways of calculating date and time difference in Excel. In this scenario we will need to get a little clever.

As you may well know, date and time values are stored as numbers in Excel. For example, the 05/01/2017 10:10 is stored as 42740.42.

Therefore, if I write the formula as =B2-A2, then the result is returned as 2.993056.

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Count How Many Times a Specific Character Appears – Excel Formula

In this blog post we will uncover an Excel formula to count how many times a specific character appears in a cell.

The formula used in this tutorial will work for any text character, and can also be used to count the occurrences of specific words in a cell.

In this example, we used the formula to count the occurrences of the asterisk in the cells of column A.
Count occurrences of a specific character
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Create an Interactive Checklist in Excel

In this blog post we look at creating an interactive checklist in Excel. The checklist will automatically mark the items in a list when they are checked.

To do this we will first need to insert checkboxes onto the spreadsheet, we then need to be able to highlight an item when it is completed.

In this tutorial I am using the idea of a Christmas shopping list of names (shown below). Your checklist could however be for any list of tasks, inventory or products.
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