Learn How to Use Excel – 3 Special Excel Functions that will Amaze You

 

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.

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Excel Gantt Chart Template for Tracking Project Tasks

A Gantt chart is used to plan and track the progress of a project. Although Excel does not contain a Gantt chart feature (maybe one day), its tabular structure and wealth of tools provide us with the means of creating one.

A Gantt chart can be created in many ways to match your requirements.

Using the Excel Gantt Chart Template

This Excel Gantt chart template uses fixed scheduling on its tasks and provides a timescale of 1 full year from the project start date. To use the template;

  1. Enter the project start date in cell E1.
  2. Enter the ID and name for the tasks of your project.
  3. Enter the task’s estimate start dates and durations.
  4. Enter the % completion to update the chart with the progress of the project.

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Essential Conditional Formatting Tricks

Conditional Formatting is an amazing feature of Excel. It is sure to create a spark of interest and questions during training. People see the potential in their spreadsheets and how easy their team could visualise their data and create engaging reports.

This tutorial looks at the two most requested Conditional Formatting tricks asked by Excel users.

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Excel Training – Lookup your Data with the DGET Function

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.

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Spell Check a Protected Excel Worksheet

Worksheet protection is used in Excel to protect cells containing formulas, hide sensitive data and much more.

Unfortunately one of the problems that arises from protecting a worksheet is the inability to spell check a worksheet.

To be able to spell check a protected worksheet you need a macro to unprotect the sheet, perform the spell check, and then protect the sheet again. Continue reading

Christmas Movie Quiz Spreadsheet – Test your Knowledge

Think you know your Christmas movies? Why not try this Christmas movie quiz.

There are 20 movies to recognise from a picture. Select the film from the list below the picture. A running total is kept at the top of the sheet.

Download the Christmas movie quiz spreadsheet.

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Count the Number of Words in a Cell

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. provides many text functions for managing and manipulating the text in the cells of your spreadsheet. The following formula did the job.

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Excel Macros Tutorial – Remove Blank Rows Macro

Blank rows in your Excel spreadsheet are undesirable and can make it difficult to work with. Because of this, Excel provides many ways that we can locate and then delete the blank rows.

These techniques can include sorting the list to group the blank rows together, filtering for blanks and using Go To Special to locate blank cells for deleting.

However these can be time consuming and may not be the best approach for you. For example, sorting the list will change the order of the list. You may not want this.

By creating a macro to delete the blank rows of a spreadsheet this process will be effortless, and can also be performed by anyone when the macro is made available with a button. In this Excel Macros tutorial we show you how.

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PDF to Excel Conversion Tool

Last week I received an email regarding a PDF to Excel conversion tool. I’m regularly asked about converting PDF docs to Excel so thought I would check it out.

It works very well and has the following benefits:

  • 100% free
  • Safe and easy to use
  • Unlimited number of conversions
  • Hassle-free: no need to buy or install anything on your computer
  • Fast and accurate conversion results

You can learn more and test it here http://www.pdfconverter.com/pdf-to-excel-online-free/

Basic Excel Skills – Insert a Happy Face using the IF Function

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