Highlight the Cells that Contain a Specific Word (and it Matches Case)

In this blog post we look at how to highlight the cells that contain a specific word. We will also ensure that the word in the cell matches the case of the word being looked for.

For this example we have a list of the Ballon d’or winners of all time. Column B contains 3 letters in uppercase (after the name) which identify the country that the player represented at the time of winning the award.

In cell E1 I have entered the 3 digits for a country. I would like to automatically change the colour of all the cells that contain the country written in E1.

Highlight cells containing specific text

There is a good chance that the 3 digits identifying a country could also occur in a players name. For example, the letters for France – FRA do occur in the name Franz Beckenbauer.

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5 Excel INDIRECT Function Examples

In this blog post we look at 5 examples of the INDIRECT function of Excel. This is a very misunderstood function, which can be incredibly useful and powerful.

Prefer to watch the video? The video tutorial below will demonstrate all 5 INDIRECT function examples.

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Create a Searchable Drop Down List Just Like Google Search – Excel Trick

This blog post will take you through the steps to create a searchable drop down list in Excel – just like Google search. This is a great Excel trick for working with large drop down lists.

In this tutorial we will use a list of 87 names that as we type into the drop down list, it searches the names, and the list shortens to show only those names containing that string of characters.

searchable drop down list in Excel

There are a few formulas to write to get this done. Everything is shown and provided in this tutorial. If you prefer a video. Check out the video tutorial below.

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Use VLOOKUP to Find the Last Match in a List

VLOOKUP is an awesome Excel function. We all know this. But it certainly has its limitations. One of these is that it can only return the first match from a list.

This is great when looking for a unique value. But what about when the value you are looking for appears multiple times in the list, and you want to return the last match.

Sure we could sort the list so that the last match would become the first, but this is not always an option.

This blog post looks at using the VLOOKUP function to return the last match in a list. The technique and formulas used can be adapted to find the 2nd or 3rd match if required.

VLOOKUP to find last match

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Formatting Mail Merge Fields from Excel

When performing a mail merge from Excel to Word, your mail merge fields tend to lose their Excel formatting. This is especially common with date, time and currency fields.

This tutorial will look at how you can correctly format date, time and currency mail merge fields from Excel. Once the formatting is applied to the mail merge document it will be remembered for future use.

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Top 5 Essential Microsoft Powerpoint Tips and Tricks

Microsoft PowerPoint has revolutionized the delivery of presentations so much so, that it even has its own epidemic – ‘death by PowerPoint’.  This is not so much a result of using it to support presentation but relates to how people use it.  There can be no argument that if used correctly, PowerPoint can turn the most amateur of presentations into ones that are sleek, modern, and digitally useful.

Although PowerPoint training is recommended, here are some essential tips and tricks for anyone using PowerPoint 2010.

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