Animate a Chart in Excel

Animate a chart in Excel to create a cool effect for your charts. You will see the chart build itself in front of your very eyes.

The chart can be created in the usual way and then VBA is used to create the animation effect.

In this example a combo box is used to provide a way for the user to select the chart they want to see. The chart then gradually appears one data point at a time.

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Create a Hangman Game in Excel

I created a hangman game using Excel VBA for fun, and thought I would post it here for all budding Excel VBA learners to look at.

I find creating games, quizzes and sports spreadsheets an enjoyable way of keeping my Excel skills fresh, and to develop them further.

The game asks you to guess a letter to complete the phrase. A hint is provided for a little help, and the phrase will be related to music, sports, people, film or geography.

The spreadsheet is unprotected so you can check out the code and play around it with it further.

The VBA used to create this hangman game includes;

  • Dynamic arrays.
  • Creating a userform.
  • Module scoped variables.
  • Lots of text work including functions such as Left and StrConv.
  • Lots of For Loops, IF statements and a Select Case statement.

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Separate Text into Different Cells

A common requirement in Excel is the need to separate text into different cells. The reasons for this are numerous, but typically it is because the way the data was imported or received is not sufficient for your analytical needs.

This article looks at four techniques for separating text. Use the links below to jump to a specific technique.

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Count the Unique Entries in a range

A common question from Excel analysts and enthusiasts on my courses is to count the number of unique entries in a list.

This post looks at using a formula to calculate this distinct count.

Consider the list below of a list of delegates attending our courses. A normal count on this range will tell us how many attendances there were. That’s good, but we want to know how many unique attendees there were.

List of delegates

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Automatically Format the Colour of Task Bars in Gantt Chart

I am often asked in Microsoft Project courses how to automatically change the colour of the task bars in a Gantt Chart dependent upon the tasks resource, or location.

The truth is that this can be a complicated process, but once it is set up it is good to go. Save your view and you will never have to worry about it again.

In this example I plan to format the colour of the task bars by the resource group. I want the colour of the bars to indicate the team that are working on that task. When someone assigns a resource to a task, Project will automatically format the task bar colour in the Gantt Chart.

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Sum Every Nth Row in a List

At some point you may need to sum the value from every nth row in a large list. Excel does not provide a function for this. Excel has a few different Sum functions, but not one to sum the value from every other, or every third, fourth, or fifth row in a list.

The spreadsheet below contains totals in every fifth row starting from row 3. We want to only add these sales totals.

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Create a Scrollable Chart for your Excel Dashboards

Creating a scrollable chart is a great trick for enhancing the functionality of your Excel dashboards. You may have years of data to display in the chart, and yet space is limited on your spreadsheet.

By adding a scroll bar to the chart, users can interact with the chart and scroll to see the data they want displayed.

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Create a Histogram in Excel

A Histogram is used in statistics to graphically represent the distribution of data. It looks like a column chart with each column representing an interval (bin), and the column height representing the frequency that it appears.

Essentially the graph groups numbers into intervals (bins) and displays how often they appear. The graph then beautifully illustrates how the sets of numbers are distributed.

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Automatically Create a Table of Contents in Excel

If a workbook contains many sheets you can create a table of contents to make navigating to the sheets easier. This is a fantastic idea when producing a final version of a report in Excel for a customer.

Excel does not yet contain a feature that produces a table of contents, but you can create a macro to get the job done.

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Sum a Column Ignoring Formula Errors

Having formula errors on a spreadsheet can be bad news. They look ugly, they frighten the less Excel experienced among us and they stop our other formulas from working.

If you have formula errors on a spreadsheet it is normally best to stop it at its source. To either correct the error, or to hide it using formulas such as ISERROR and IFERROR.

However, if your spreadsheet is large, having these IFERROR functions in every cell to protect against error values will add more calculation time to your spreadsheet.

There is a function in Excel called AGGREGATE which allows us to perform various functions on a range whilst ignoring formula errors.

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