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Pivot Table Shopping List + more Excel tips

Excel Weekly News from Contextures October 07, 2014

In this week's Excel news, you'll see how to create a shopping list with a pivot table, and much more. Thank you for reading the Excel news, and I hope that you are enjoying the Excel articles. If you have suggestions for future topics, please let me know.

 -  Debra -  ddalgleish@contextures.com

Dashboard Course

Mynda Treacy’s Excel Dashboard course is open for registration, until Oct. 23rd. Save 20% if you sign up by Oct. 16th. 

I highly recommend this online course, which has excellent content, and great student support from Mynda.  Her new Power Pivot course is available too, and you can get both courses in a bundle. I'm going through her Power Pivot course right now, and it's a great way to get started with this powerful Excel feature.

BONUS: If you sign up for the course through this link, you can have a copy of any one of my Contextures Products.
When you sign up, type DebraD in the Code box, and email me your receipt number.

Add Your Own Icon to a Custom Ribbon Tab

If you create a custom tab for the Excel Ribbon, you can use the built-in icons, or draw one of your own. Even if your artistic skills are limited (like mine!), you can make a simple shape in Paint, of use the drawing tools in Excel to design it. It's fun, once you get started.

Click here to see the details, and watch the video: Add Your Own Icon to a Custom Ribbon Tab

Excel Meal Planner With Pivot Table

We usually think of Excel as a business tool, but it can help around the house too. Unfortunately, it can't do the cooking, but there is a weekly meal planner on my Contextures website, that you can download. Enter the meal and product information, then pick your meals for the upcoming week, and click a button to create a weekly shopping list, in a pivot table.

Click here to see the details, and download the sample file: Excel Meal Planner With Pivot Table

More Excel Tips

Here are a few of the Excel articles that I read recently, that you might find useful:

Excel Announcements

Here are some upcoming events, courses, recently published books, and other new items, related to Excel:

Video: Fix Numbers That Don't Add Correctly

Sometimes a column of numbers doesn't add up correctly on a worksheet. Instead of showing a total, the sum is zero. This usually occurs if you've imported the numbers from somewhere else, and Excel doesn't recognize the data as real numbers..

See the steps for fixing the numbers in this short video tutorial. The video shows an older version of Excel, but the trick still works nicely, in the newer versions. Just use the Copy and Paste Special commands on the Ribbon's Home tab.

Macs For Sale

When I started using Excel, long ago, my computer was a Macintosh. Eventually, I switched to Windows, but every fall I still enjoy buying some tart, crispy McIntosh apples. They were first developed in Eastern Ontario, where I grew up.

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Recommended Excel Tools

In addition to all the free Excel tips and tutorials, there are other Excel tools that you can invest in. To learn more about the products listed below, click on the links to take a look at their features, and decide if they're right for you.

Note: I am an affiliate for some of the products mentioned in this newsletter, and earn a commission on the sales.

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