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Excel Weekly News from Contextures March 10, 2015

I'll bet that you've never used Excel's TRIMMEAN function in one of your workbooks. It's a handy way to calculate an average on a set of numbers, and exclude some of the highest and lowest numbers. See how it works, and find many more tips, in this week's Excel news.

 -  Debra -  ddalgleish@contextures.com

TRIMMEAN Function

Have you ever used Excel's TRIMMEAN function? It can calculate an average that excludes the outliers -- a specific percentage of the highest and lowest numbers in the dataset. If you have some data that is throwing off the average, try TRIMMEAN, as an alternative way of looking at the results.

Read the details on my blog, and watch the video, to see how it works. I don't use those conditional formatting color scales too often, but thought it would help in this example: Ignore Outliers with Excel TRIMMEAN

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Video: Filter For Items in a List

It's a little trickier to use an Advanced Filter, instead of an AutoFilter, but it can be much more powerful and flexible. In this example, I typed a short list of products on a worksheet. Next, I typed a COUNTIF formula at the top of the worksheet, in the criteria area for the filter. When I apply the filter, it only shows the rows that contain one of the products from my short list.

Click here to watch the short video that shows how the advanced filter works: Filter For Items in a List

The Perfect Temperature

A few years ago, I got this Galileo thermometer as a gift, and I love the way that it looks. It doesn't give the temperature with digital accuracy, but the balls with coloured liquid are much nicer to look at than a digital display.

The lowest floating ball shows 72F as the indoor temperture, which is perfect. Too bad it isn't the same temperature outside!

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