Excel Data Bar Tricks
Oct 10, 2017
Data bar tricks, dashboard tips, and more, in this week's Excel news. Visit my Excel website for many more tips, tutorials and videos.
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If you're setting up a dashboard in Excel, what information should you show there, and how should you build the dashboard?
To make a chart right in the worksheet cells, use Excel's Data Bars, built with conditional formatting. They're really easy to add (Excel 2007 and later), and I'll show a couple of trick for improving them.
To add data bars, follow these steps:
To improve the data bars, try these trick:
Learn more about data bars on my Contextures website, and download the sample file on that page, to see how they work. There's a short video there too.
To divide a number by 100, use the % sign, instead of typing "/100". For example, to divide the number in cell B3, use this formula: =B3%
You can use multiple % signs too, as you can see in the screen shot below. Each % adds 2 zeros to the divisor. Thanks to UniMord for sharing this tip!
There is a full list of Excel's calculation operators and precedence on the Microsoft website.
Here are a couple of recent Excel articles that you might find useful or interesting.
Excel Tips - There are lots of articles with Excel tips, but this one is a little different -- 10 things you should NOT do in Excel. Do you break these rules? What else should we add to this list? (Level - All)
Excel Charts - Chandoo shows what Histograms and Pareto charts are, and how to build them, in both Excel 2016 and earlier versions. (Level - Intermediate)
Last week, my granddaughter and I worked on new bathrobe for her doll. It was her first sewing project, and she took her job very seriously. Now that she can follow sewing instructions, do you think she's ready for Excel formulas? Maybe I'll show her those next time.
That's it for this week! If you have any comments or questions, send me an email.
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Last updated: October 6, 2017 3:50 PM