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Excel Weekly News from Contextures July 7, 2012

Plan meals in Excel, make an arrow chart, enter the data visualization contest and other tips, in this week's Excel news from Contextures.

 -  Debra ddalgleish@contextures.com

Excel in the Kitchen

It's summer here in Canada, and usually too hot to think about cooking. You can let Excel do some of the work for you!

Download my Excel weekly meal planner, and select some cool, casual meals. The workbook will create a shopping list, and Jimmy Pena has added a recipe selector, so you can hunt for meal ideas on the web.

Find the details and links here: Excel Weekly Meal Planner

Use Pinterest to Collect Excel Tips

Pinterest isn't just for weddings ideas and pictures of cute kittens. You can use it collect screen shots of your favourite Excel tips there too, so they're easy to find later.

And if you're (p)interested, you can follow my Excel Tips Board.

Click here to read my blog article: Use Pinterest to Collect Excel Tips

Visualize Excel Salary Data [Contest]

Chandoo recently ran an Excel salary survey on his blog, and now he's holding a contest, to see who can do the best job in analyzing the data, using Excel charts.

"Analyze more than 1900 survey responses & present your results in a stunning fashion, and you could walk away with an XBOX 360 + Kinect Sports Bundle (valued at $299)."

The entry deadline is Friday, July 6th, so visit his blog to read the instructions and get started: Visualize Excel Salary Data [Contest]

How to Make Arrow Charts in Excel

If you're looking for a way to show the change in values, Jon Peltier just posted instructions for making an Arrow Chart in Excel. The arrow colours and pointers give a strong visual image of how things are going.

Arrow Chart

Click here to see the instructions: How to Make Arrow Charts in Excel

Recommended Excel Tools

They aren't free, but these Excel tools are a worthwhile investment, so please click on the links to take a look at their features, and decide if they're right for you.

Learn how to create Excel dashboards.

 

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