Here is the latest news about Microsoft Excel, and updates on the Contextures website and blogs. Also see the Excel Events page.
2016/12/01: How to make a Marimekko chart in Excel, either manually or with an add-in
2016/11/29 - Dashboard Webinar: Attend one of Mynda Treacy's free Excel Dashboard webinars this week. Lots of great tips packed into the 1 hour presentation.
2016/11/28 - Power Query and Data Cleansing: Free Power Query and Data Cleansing webinar presented by John and Oz at MyExcelOnline. Learn how to transform messy data and automate reports.
2016/11/02: Use this macro to list all pivot tables in Excel file -- helps with troubleshooting in a complex workbook.
2016/12/02: For a bit of humour, read my weekly collection of Excel tweets. See what people are saying about our favourite spreadsheet.
2016/11/10: Take the Excel COUNTIF challenge -- can you find the problem with this formula, and fix it?
2016/11/03: To prevent duplicates, hide used items in a data validation drop down list. The list only shows the remaining items, not the full list, to make data entry easier.
2016/10/27: Create an interactive Excel chart - select date range, choose criteria, pick value series.
2016/10/20: Show data validation error messages to help people enter data correctly. Or, turn error warnings off, to allow other entries in a cell.
2016/10/18: New items appear at end of Excel pivot table lists, not alphabetical. How to fix the problem
2016/10/17: Happy Spreadsheet Day 2016! What are you doing to celebrate?
2016/10/06: Create a timetable for a one-day project with this Excel task scheduler
2016/10/04: Show a distinct count (unique count) in a pivot table (Excel 2013 or later).
2016/09/29: Take a short break from spreadsheets, and join the Excel sing-along!
2016/09/20: How pivot table grand totals are created, and which grand total headings you can change.
2016/09/22: Instead of an in-cell drop down list, show a combo box with bigger font and autocomplete. Now works with simple dependent data validation too.
2016/09/15: If you're just getting started, follow these steps to plan and build a pivot table
2016/09/06: Create a pivot table instantly, then make simple changes to get a different view of the data.
2016/09/08: Data Analysis: Learn data analysis and Excel dashboards in Chandoo's latest online course -- 50 Ways to Analyze Data. Video lessons and sample workbooks cover vital skills like data analysis, data science, visualization, modeling business problems and finding best solutions.
2016/09/01: Double-click a pivot table value, to get a new sheet with the details. To prevent workbook clutter, use this Show Details Sheets macro to label those sheets, then delete them when closing the file
2016/08/18: Quick ways to unpivot Excel data, so you're ready to build a pivot table
2016/08/04: After a recent Microsoft update, some Excel add-ins are not loading correctly. To fix that problem, you can, follow the instructions here, to unblock the files. Read the background story on the blog.
2016/07/21: How to show an Excel table name on the worksheet, by using a special formula from AlexJ
2016/07/20: Use this macro to quickly get rid of "sum of" in Excel pivot table headings. For selected pivot table only, or all pivot tables.
2016/06/23: What weird things do you use Excel for? I made a garbage collection schedule
2016/07/07: Use a drop down list to show sheets based on their tab colour in Excel. Other sheets are hidden -- choose "(All)" to see all sheets again.
2016/06/16: Use a drop down list to show specific sheets in Excel. Other sheets are hidden -- choose "ALL" to see all sheets again.
2016/06/09: How to stop numbers from changing to dates in #Excel. Keep 3-2 or 5/6 as is, when pasting onto a worksheet
2016/06/02: Add favourite commands to Excel right-click menu with free add-in MenuRighter
2016/05/26: Do an Excel lookup based on 2 criteria -- get the product price based on item name and size
2016/05/19: Keep track of what's in a pivot table - macro lists all pivot fields and items, hidden or visible
2016/05/12: How to create a custom pivot table style, or make minor change to default styles
2016/05/10: Use a macro to remove calculated fields from an Excel pivot table, without seeing an error message.
2016/05/05: Enter complex Excel formulas fast with this AutoCorrect trick
2016/04/28: Use a pivot table running total to compare year to year sales in Excel
2016/04/21: Choose an option from an Excel drop down list, to control what data shows in the worksheet. For example, pick a language, to change date formatting codes.
2016/04/17: How to fix an Excel pivot table that is showing rounded times. Zeros appear, instead of tenths of a second or hundredths of a second.
2016/04/14: Create an Excel hyperlink with drag and drop. Drag to different sheet, or to nearby cell, then copy and paste to Table of Contents.
2016/04/11: New book by Excel MVP, Mike Alexander, Excel Power Pivot and Power Query For Dummies
2016/04/07: How to fix Excel pivot table time problems - zero rounding and incorrect totals.
2016/03/31: Use Slicers to select criteria for an Excel filter. Send the data to a different sheet, and use drop down lists to select fields for the output.
2016/03/24: Highlight latest numbers in long Excel list. Conditional formatting colors all matching cells, different color of last occurrence.
2016/03/21: Excel Roundup: Excel dashboards, data analysis, Power BI, INDEX/MATCH functions, and more tips
2016/03/17: Go to a specific sheet in an Excel workbook -- drop down list of sheet names, no macros.
2016/03/14: Excel Roundup: Excel reporting tips, free webinars, troubleshooting, and more tips
2016/03/10: List all Excel sheets with their used range address and size - helps with troubleshooting large workbooks.
2016/03/07: Excel Roundup: Power Map, Excel formula errors, cell references, and more tips
2016/03/03: Is your VLOOKUP formula returning the wrong results? This simple thing can cause errors that you might not notice.
2016/02/29: Excel Roundup: Create calendars, chart tips, TEXTJOIN, count unique, and more tips
2016/02/25: Use a pivot table to count unique items, e.g. in 100 orders how many different customers?
2016/02/22: Excel Roundup: Slicer trick, pivot charts, slow workbooks, dashboards, and more tips
2016/02/18: Quick ways to split combined date and time into separate columns
2016/02/15: Excel Roundup: Excel skills, make hyperlinks, dashboards, data analysis, and more tips
2016/02/11: Make an interactive Valentine card in Excel - uses data validation, conditional formatting, and hearts! (no macros)
2016/02/08: Excel Roundup: Find Excel help, new functions, conferences, sheet protection, and more tips
2016/02/04: In the Data Validation Multi-Select Kit, or other Excel code, make a small change to run faster in large workbooks.
2016/02/01: Excel Roundup: Dashboard charts, status bar messages, array formulas, and more tips
2016/01/28: How to fix Excel numbers that don't add up, with Paste Special - Add.
2016/01/25: Excel Roundup: Dashboard charts, status bar messages, array formulas, and more tips
2016/01/21: Show macro progress update messages in #Excel Status Bar.
2016/01/18: Excel Roundup: Random numbers, big data, floating forms, chart labels, and more tips
2016/01/14: Show Excel macro buttons on floating form -- move to any area of the worksheet.
2016/01/11: Excel Roundup: Number format trick, chart fix, spreadsheet comedy, and more tips
2016/01/07: Change Pivot Chart layout for columns in different colors
2016/01/04: Excel Roundup: Excel Calendar, Power Query, Check Box macro, and more tips
2015/12/17: Interactive Excel Christmas tree - no macros - formulas and conditional formatting.
2015/12/14: Excel Roundup: Bad dashboards, essential tricks, calculation speed, and more tips
2015/12/10: Calculate project end date with WORKDAY.INTL function, and set your own non-work days and holidays.
2015/12/07: Excel Roundup: Prevent errors, break links, Excel summit, Advent calendar, and more tips
2015/12/03: If you merge cells, Excel won't adjust the row height like it does for other cells. You can use a macro to fix the row height before you print, so all the text is visible.
2015/11/30: Excel Roundup: Prevent errors, break links, Excel summit, Advent calendar, and more tips
2015/11/19: It's the Contextures website's 15th anniversary. How old are your files? Get a list of Excel files with date the content was created.
2015/11/16: Excel Roundup: Rolling total, chart tricks, unmerge cells, clean data, and more tips
2015/11/12: Create a rolling total in Excel; show sum of previous 12 months in each row
2015/11/09: Excel Roundup: Hide results, find errors, lock slicers, vote for new Excel features, and more tips
2015/11/05: Hide formula results based on dates -- only show items from today or earlier
2015/11/02: Excel Roundup: Build a dashboard, Prevent duplicate totals, Power Query, formatting nit-picks, and more tips
2015/10/29: How to create Excel Subtotals and prevent duplicate grand totals
2015/10/26: Excel Roundup: Combine data, select multiple items, better Excel reports, and more tips
2015/10/22: Use a drop down list to enter multiple items in a cell
2015/10/19: Excel Roundup: Delete sheets, hide passwords, Boolean logic, and more tips
2015/10/15: Count items in one column, based on values in another column
2015/10/17: Happy Spreadsheet Day 2015! Vote for your favourite programs in the Spreadsheet Hall of Fame
2015/10/12: Excel Roundup: Option buttons, NPV function, LEGO design, extract comments, and more tips
2015/10/08: Adjust Option Button scores with Excel CHOOSE function
2015/10/05: Excel Roundup: Office 2016 guides, Spreadsheet Hall of Fame, filters, and more tips
2015/10/06: Microsoft Developer Resources links
2015/09/30: Happy 30th Anniversary Excel! Do these stories remind you of your earliest Excel memories?
2015/09/30: Jon Peltier has released Version 3.0 of his Excel Charting Utility. Works on both Windows and Mac.
2015/09/28: Excel Roundup: Excel history, Office 2016 reviews, chart tips, reduce errors, and more tips
2015/09/21: Excel Roundup: Bad charts, Office 2016, circular references, nested IFs, and more tips
2015/09/17: Beware of nested IF formulas in Excel
2015/09/14: Excel Roundup: Date calculations, Sum functions, seating plan, case sensitive lookups, and more tips
2015/09/10: 7 Ways to Sum in Excel. Quick grand totals, wildcards, and more
2015/08/31: Excel Roundup: Time entry, chart tricks, Power BI, pivot table survey, and more tips
2015/08/27: Use these navigation tips to find worksheets quickly
2015/08/26: Control Pivot Table top 10 filter settings with worksheet drop downs
2015/08/17: Excel Roundup: Time entry, chart tricks, Power BI, pivot table survey, and more tips
2015/08/13: Prevent invalid time entries with drop down lists of hours and minutes.
2015/08/05: Change Excel pivot table to Outline layout with VBA
2015/08/03: Excel Roundup: Survey results, dashboard tips, seating chart, and more tips
2015/07/30: Show a chart or its data on a dashboard, by choosing from a drop down list.
2015/07/20: Excel Roundup: Excel Dashboard webinar, pivot table trick, survey-love or hate Excel?
2015/07/16: Copy the numbers only, in a column with numbers, blank cells, and text.
2015/07/02: Use the Rank calculation in an Excel pivot table, to make it easier to compare data.
2015/06/22: Excel Roundup: Weekly planner, apply exchange rate, table references, productivity tips + more
2015/06/18: Download the free Excel weekly meal planner - select meal items and print a shopping list. Functions calculate costs, with a pivot table and macro for the shopping list.
2015/06/15: Excel Roundup: Chart labels, mouse tricks, VBA intro, hyperlinks + more
2015/06/11: Compare Excel worksheet values and formulas with the INDIRECT function
2015/06/08: Excel Roundup: Dashboards, date formats, nested IFs, pivot layout + more
2015/06/04: Use the keyboard, or right-click menus, to move fields in a pivot table layout without dragging
2015/06/01: Excel Roundup: Flexible formulas, Power BI, interactive chart, invalid entries + more
2015/05/28:Fix Excel drop down list that allows invalid entries
2015/05/25: Excel Roundup: Reverse names, add chart shapes, Solver, new chart types, + more
2015/05/21: Short video shows 7 ways to count in Excel - numbers, data, criteria + more
2015/05/18: Excel Roundup: choose chart type, fast formulas, Power Map, + more
2015/05/13: Great Excel pivot tables need well-designed source data. These tips & macros will help.
2015/05/11: Excel Roundup: best file format, % Running Total, book sampler, + more
2015/05/07:Use Percent Running Total to analyze sales in a pivot table
2015/05/04: Excel Roundup: Fix Excel tables, save time with shortcuts, check formulas, Power BI, + more
2015/04/30: Fix an Excel table that doesn't expand automatically for new data
2015/04/20: Excel Roundup: Dashboard course, VLOOKUP, Data Vis, shortcuts, + more
2015/04/23: Upcoming free online events for Excel fans -- catch these before their deadlines!
2015/04/20: Excel Roundup: Dashboard course, array formulas, faster VBA, rounding, + more
2015/04/16: Excel automatically rounds numbers in General format, shows max of 11 characters
2015/04/13: Excel Roundup: Dashboard webinar, function tips, data analysis, slow VBA, VLOOKUP + more
2015/04/09: Track project tasks in Excel with estimated and actual times
2015/04/06: Excel Roundup: Column chart alternatives, random numbers, goal seek, complex counting + more
2015/04/02: Customize the context menus in Excel - add your favorite commands
2015/03/30: Excel Roundup: Project management, dashboard highlights, chart color, counting functions + more
2015/03/26: Learn 7 ways to count in Excel, with function tips and tricks
2015/03/23: Excel Roundup: Expense calculator, Power BI updates, keyboard shortcuts, remove colours + more
2015/03/19: Find and fix pivot table source data so new data shows up automatically
2015/03/16: Excel Roundup: Pivot Tables, Excel improvements, dynamic charts, highlight numbers + more
2015/03/12: Highlight numbers that are found in another list, with conditional formatting
2015/03/09: Excel Roundup: Power Query, average without outliers, data visualization, Excel 2016 for Mac + more
2015/03/05: Use Excel's TRIMMEAN function to calculate average that excludes outliers
2015/03/02: Excel Roundup: Dynamic charts, Excel tips, Power Pivot, Dashboard Design + more
2015/02/26: Resize Excel comments to a consistent width, with a macro
2015/02/23: Excel Roundup: Fix comments, create Gantt chart, combine files + more
2015/02/16: Excel Roundup: Data tips, Pivot table subtotals, free apps, Power Query + more
2015/02/12: Hide all pivot table subtotals, manually or with a macro
2015/02/09: Excel Roundup: Data cleanup, dashboard problems, combo charts, Power Query + more
2015/02/05: Save space with compact buttons and captions for macros or hyperlinks
2015/02/04: Create a combo column-line pivot chart in Excel 2013
2015/02/02: Excel Roundup: Pop-up calendar, cost benefit, pivot source data, fuzzy logic + more
2015/01/29: Football fun in Excel - find functions and compare close games
2015/01/28: Pros and cons of saving the Source Data with a Pivot Table file
2015/01/26: Excel Roundup: Combine data, sort with formulas, Power Query, business logic + more
2015/01/21: Create a pivot table from data on different sheets
2015/01/19: Excel Roundup: VLOOKUP, Power Query, pivot table makeover + more
2015/01/15: Delete worksheet rows based on Conditional Formatting color
2015/01/14: Give your Excel Pivot Table a makeover so the data is easier to read and understand
2015/01/12: Excel Roundup: sparklines, Power View, iPad formulas + more
2015/01/08: In Excel table, add counter field that fills in automatically
2015/01/07: Create a pivot table calculated field that uses a count
2015/01/05: Excel Roundup: 3-D charts, billing sheets, Day 42000 + more
2014/12/18: Count hotel guests in a date range, based on arrival and departure dates.
2014/12/15: Excel Roundup: Scroll bar Christmas tree, data analysis, moose hat + more
2014/12/11: Select multiple items from a long drop down list, using a popup form with combo box and list box.
2014/12/08: Excel Roundup: Christmas planner, nested IFs, in-cell charts + more
2014/12/05: This week's collection of Excel tweets, for your Friday entertainment.
2014/12/04: Create short drop down lists , with only items that contain specific letters
2014/12/01: Excel Roundup: data table, ignore blanks, combine sheets + more
2014/11/27: Change currency separators with Text to Columns feature
2014/11/26: Grouping dates creates extra items in pivot table filter
2014/11/24: Excel Roundup: data table, ignore blanks, combine sheets + more
2014/11/20: Ignore blank cells when copying and pasting on a worksheet
2014/11/19: Create a calculated field in a pivot table
2014/11/17: Excel Roundup: custom reports, VLOOKUP, pivot table fears + more
2014/11/13: Create custom report layouts with pivot tables and GetPivotData function
2014/11/10: Excel Roundup: VLOOKUP, Unselect tool, formula tips + more
2014/11/06: Fix numbers that don't add or sort correctly
2014/11/03: Excel Roundup: infographics, Monte Carlo, shortcuts + more
2014/10/30: Quick tip to create new workbook based on old one
2014/10/29: What scares you about pivot tables? Pivot table online course giveaway
2014/10/27: Excel Roundup: power hacks, color bands, running total + more
2014/10/23: Compare high and low scores in clustered stacked chart, with careful data arrangement
2014/10/22: Show running total in pivot table, by date, or any other field
2014/10/20: Excel Roundup: Spreadsheet mistakes, interactive chart, clean data + more
2014/10/16: Monitor multiple pivot table reports with diagnostic display
2014/10/15: Automatically refresh a pivot table
2014/10/13: Excel Roundup: Custom maps, interactive chart, formula tips + more
2014/10/09: Advanced Filter problem when running Excel 2013 macro
2014/10/08: Pivot table intro and resource links
2014/10/06: Excel Roundup: Pivot table grouping, Excel battery chart, dashboard tips + more
2014/10/02: Add your own icon to an Excel custom Ribbon tab
2014/10/01: Excel weekly meal planner with pivot table shopping list
2014/09/29: Excel Roundup: Dashboard tips, tab number trick & pivot table shoes + more
2014/09/25: Color data entry cells with conditional formatting, to make them easy to find
2014/09/24: Use GetPivotData function to pull amount from pivot table on specific sheet
2014/09/22: Excel Roundup: Pivot formatting, Excel auditing, rounding, jambalaya + more
2014/09/18: Problem with Excel 2013 worksheet combo box; won't use list directly based on table.
2014/09/17: Macro formats pivot table numbers based on source data formatting
2014/09/15: Excel Roundup: Animated charts, group by color, surprising shortcut + more
2014/09/11: Select from 1st drop down, macro clears dependent drop down cell, to prevent mismatches.
2014/09/08: Excel Roundup: Roman numerals, chart templates, event planning + more
2014/09/04:When testing VBA code, the F8 key didn't always stop at the next line; registry change seems to have fixed the problem.
2014/09/03: 5 Annoying Pivot Table Problems and how to avoid them
2014/08/25: Excel Roundup: Strange bugs, clean data, cool projects + more
2014/08/21: Create random text for sample data, with Excel functions RANDBETWEEN and CHOOSE.
2014/08/20: Remove "Sum of" from pivot table value field headings - video shows the steps.
2014/08/11: Excel Roundup: Pivot filters, 101 formulas, Power BI outline, change named ranges + more
2014/08/07: Use an Advanced Filter to find the top 5 orders, for products sold after a specific date. Show the results in place, or send the list to a different worksheet.
2014/08/06: Use a pivot table's Top 10 filter to show best-selling products. Then, change the filter, to see how many of the low selling products it takes to equal the sales of the top 3 products
2014/07/24: Use the REPT function to set a minimum row height. Makes it easier to read a list, or maintain row height for pictures.
2014/07/23: There is a new Pivot Table Tutorials index page to help you find articles, and I'm updating the Pivot Table FAQ list.
2014/07/10: Use this macro to automatically add new Items to drop down lists. The macro asks first, then updates and sorts the list
2014/07/09: Contextures PivotPower Premium Update - check your email for the download link, if you've bought this time-saving add-in
2014/06/26: With this macro, enter a number, and it is added to all the selected cells
2014/06/19: For large, complex Excel files, there are helpful add-ins to make the job easier. Some are free, and others are paid.
2014/06/18: Show the fiscal year and month to date totals in a pivot table, when you add calculations in the source data.
2014/06/17: With a simple macro, you can automatically show or hide a worksheet, if a specific cell changes.
2014/06/15: Charles Williams has released a new version his add-in, FastExcel V3
2014/06/17: Book release -- PowerPivot Alchemy: Patterns and Techniques for Excel, by Bill Jelen and Rob Collie.
2014/06/12: Create a family tree in Excel, using Smart Art's organization chart, and VBA, with a sample file from Prof. Lee Townsend.
2014/06/11: Show fiscal year and fiscal month totals in a pivot table, by adding calculations in the source data.
2014/06/04: Learn how to turn off the GetPivotData formulas that create an absolute reference when you link to a pivot table.
2014/06/05: You can use shortcuts to quickly create a chart on a new sheet, or embedded on the active sheet.
2014/06/05: See quick tips for auditing Excel formulas, and doing some troubleshooting on a worksheet.
2014/05/28: Steps for copying and using sample pivot table code in your own workbooks.
2014/05/28: Create IFRAME code with formulas, and copy it to your web page or blog article, to embed a YouTube video, or other content.
2014/05/20: Roger Govier shared two ways to get a unique count in a regular pivot table.
2014/05/21: Learn how to group dates by week in a pivot table, and select a specific starting date
2014/05/21: Do some troubleshooting with the new SHEET and SHEETS functions in Excel 2013.
2014/05/08: Book Release -- Quantitative Finance: A Simulation-Based Introduction Using Excel, by Matt Davison.
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