Excel Weekly News from Contextures Nov 19, 2013
Find external links + more Excel tips
In this week's Excel news, you'll see how to fix external links with a free add-in, and other tips. Thank you for reading the Excel news!
- Debra firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the MAX and IF functions to find the latest date that a product's price was changed. Then, using the product name and that date, you can find the latest price for the product – even if it isn't the highest price.
Click here to see the details, and get the sample file: Get Latest Price for Specific Product
When you create a pivot table, it automatically makes the value fields either SUM or COUNT, depending on the types of data in those fields. You can manually change the summary function, or use a macro. In this example, you can select specific fields, and only change those to SUM, leaving the other fields as is.
Click here to see the details, and download the sample file: Change Selected Pivot Fields to SUM
When you open an Excel file, you might see a warning about links in the file. If you want to find those links, you can follow a few steps to locate them. Or, download a free add-in that will make the job easier.
Click here to see the details: Find External Links in an Excel File
Here are a few more Excel articles that I read this week, that you might find useful:
To make data entry easier, you can create drop down lists on the worksheet. If you want to allow people to add new items to those drop down lists, you can use a bit of programming (copy from my sample file).
This short video shows how the technique works.
Most of the trees have lost their colourful leaves, but there are still a few surprising bright spots along the walkways. Last week, I saw these delicate pink and orange clusters, and thought they were flowers. With a little research, I learned that they are the fruit of a spindle plant, originally from Europe, and now invading North America.
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