Excel Fancy Drop Downs
June 5, 2018
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To make data entry easier, you can create drop down lists in worksheet cells. To keep the lists from getting too long, add a fancy feature -- dependent drop down lists.
Select an item from the first drop down, and the second drop down list is automatically customized -- it only shows items from that category.
The INDIRECT function creates a reference to a range, based on what you selected in cell B3.
Get the sample file from my Dependent Drop Downs page, and watch my new step-by-step video, that shows how to set this up.
There are lots of built-in Excel styles (pivot tables, tables, slicers), and you can create custom styles too.
To quickly list all the pivot table styles in a workbook, with a colour sample, download my Style Macros workbook, and run the macro. It adds a new sheet to the workbook, with the list of style names and the header and inside border colours.
There are more style macros on my website too. For example, list all the pivot tables, with their style info.
Here are a couple of Excel articles that you might find useful or interesting.
Data Viz - New free online course, Data Visualization for Storytelling and Discovery, by Alberto Cairo. Runs 4 weeks, June 11 - July 9, 2018. Lessons are recorded, so watch any time, but try keep up with the weekly schedule. (Level - Int/Adv)
Budget - On the TechRepublic blog, Susan Harkins shows 3 ways to highlight key information in an Excel budget worksheet. She uses the Subtotal feature in the final example. I'd use a pivot table instead! There are a couple of budget workbooks on my site, if you'd like more examples.(Level - All)
I cleaned more shelves in my office, and found this Rogue disk -- it was one of my favourite games from our first Macintosh computer, long ago. Don't tell anyone, but I spent way too many hours wandering through those dungeons, looking for potions and magic wands! The graphics weren't fancy, but it was fun. Do you have any memories of old-style computer games?
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Last updated: June 1, 2018 2:27 PM