Excel Quick Format Trick
April 3, 2018
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Last week, I helped a friend with a worksheet, and we set up some complex formatting in one section. Three other sections needed the same formatting, so here are the steps to quickly apply it:
My friend has used Excel for years, but had never seen that Format Painter trick. She loved it, and shared it with her co-workers - it's a real timesaver!
There are more double-click tricks on my Contextures site -- do you use any of them?
Have you seen the articles that blame Excel for all kinds of business errors? In some cases, problems occur because rows were hidden, and that distorted the data analysis.
To help avoid those problems, I created a sample file that shows warnings, if rows or columns are hidden. There's a formula to check for hidden rows, whether they're hidden manually, or by a filter. The formula counts numbers in the OrderCount column, then subtracts the count of visible numbers, using the AGGREGATE function.
=COUNT(Table1[OrderCount]) - AGGREGATE(2,5,Table1[OrderCount])
Unfortunately, AGGREGATE doesn't work for hidden columns, so I used the CELL function to check the cell widths. On the worksheet, the results didn't automatically update if columns were hidden or unhidden. But, as a conditional formatting rule in cells A1:J1, it seems to work nicely.
A cell turns yellow, if the cell to its right is hidden (0 width). In this screen shot, 2 rows are hidden, and columns E and F are hidden.
See more conditional formatting examples on my Contextures Blog.
Here are a couple of Excel articles that you might find useful or interesting.
Data Viz - Ann K Emery is offering a free 7-day online course that shows how to improve your reports with better data viz and dashboards. You'll see report makeovers from a variety of industries, and can apply the techniques to your own work. (Level - Int)
Macros - Jon Acampora is hosting free webinars next week - "7 Steps to Getting Started with Macros & VBA". Jon explains how you benefit from learning VBA, and how to get started. There are 2 webinars each day, from Mon, April 9th to Fri, April 13th. Click here to pick a date and time that works for you. If you want to go beyond the basics, Jon also has a full macro course. (Level - Intermediate)
Our family came for Easter brunch on Sunday, and since it was also April Fool's Day, our grandkids played a prank on us. They wrote silly things on sticky notes, and covered the upstairs television with them. That gave us a good laugh when we found the notes later, hours after everyone had gone home.
I saw a few April Fool's pranks online too, and my favourite was this article announcing that DevScope would release a Clippy add-in for Power BI. If it came with those funny comments, I'd use it!
That's it for this week! If you have any comments or questions, send me an email.
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Last updated: May 4, 2018 3:26 PM