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Budget Scenarios+ more Excel tips

Excel Weekly News from Contextures October 14, 2014

In this week's Excel news, you'll see how to create a budget with multiple scenarios, 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, and you can save 20% if you sign up by this Thursday, October 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.

Advanced Filter Problem in Excel 2013

Last week, I ran into a strange problem, while working on a simple Advanced Filter macro in Excel 2013. Sometimes the macro ran correctly, and at other times it showed an error message, for no apparent reason. After much trial and error, I finally solved the problem, and it all depended on which cell was selected. Excel can be a little frustrating at times!

Click here to see the details: Advanced Filter Problem in Excel 2013

Pivot Table Intro and Resources

Whether you're just getting started with pivot tables, or looking for advanced tips, you'll find something interesting in the articles that I've published on Jon Peltier's Excel charting website.

Click here to see the details: Pivot Table Intro and Resources

More Excel Tips

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

  • Bill Jelen says Excel will calculate faster if you use a laser printer. If that's not in your budget, he has a workaround too..
  • Finally, for a humorous peek at what other people are saying about spreadsheets, read the latest collection of Excel tweets, on my Excel Theatre blog.

Excel Announcements

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

  • 2-Day Course (Dutch): Excel VBA for Financials, 2-day course (in Dutch), led by Excel experts, Jan Karel Pieterse and Tony de Jonker. This course is specifically aimed at the Finance professional. It has no frills, and no technical mumbo-jumbo – just the VBA you need to achieve more success in your daily job.
    Date: November 19 and December 3, 2014. Location: Utrecht (Netherlands)

Video: Store and Show Multiple Scenarios

With Excel Scenarios, you can store different sets of values (up to 32 cells) in a workbook. Then, without any programming, you can switch between the saved values. In this example, we store budget projections for two departments. View and print one department's budget, and then switch to the other department, all in the same cells.

A Very Fancy Dress

It's nice to do something different, after working in Excel all day, and recently I've been sewing. My project was a fancy dress for my granddaughter's Barbie doll, and it's finally finished. It's loosely modelled on Elsa's dress from the Frozen movie -- every 4-year-old girl's favourite. I hope you have some creative, non-Excel, hobbies too!

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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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