Excel Quick Symbols
Jan 30, 2018
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If you frequently use symbols in your worksheets, create AutoCorrect entries, to save time.
This animated screen shot shows the steps - type a short code, copy and paste a symbol from the Math tab, then use the short code on your worksheet, any time you need it. (Unfortunately, those Math shortcuts don't work in Excel - that's why we copy them to the first AutoCorrect tab.)
Here's another way to save time with AutoCorrect - Create complex formula entries
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Thanks for your solutions to last week's COUNTIF formula that showed an error because of the 255 character limit. Nobody understood Microsoft's workaround though, so I'm glad it wasn't just me!
A few people used COUNTIFS to check the columns where the text was broken into chunks. Suresh suggested checking the text length first, and using COUNTIF if possible.
=IF(LEN([@Item])<256, COUNTIF([Item], [@Item]), COUNTIFS([Item_P1], [@[Item_P1]], [Item_P2], [@[Item_P2]]))
Anyway, it's much more complicated than it should be, so I'll stick with my SUMPRODUCT formula.
Here are a couple of Excel articles that you might find useful or interesting.
Comments - On the Excel Esquire blog, Ben J. Kusmin shows how to find and review comments in Excel files. There are comment macros on my site, including one to number and list all comments, and a comment lister in my Excel Tools add-in. (Level - Intermediate)
Problem Solving - Mike Girvin (ExcelIsFun) has an interesting new "Excel and Business Math" series on YouTube. This video shows the 5 key steps for solving math problems in Excel. (Level - All)
The snow is back again, so it seems like a good time to knit something. Long ago, I managed to knit entire sweaters, but my attention span is shorter now -- I stick to small projects, like this kitchen cloth. Also, nobody has to wear my mistakes, if I don't follow the instructions exactly. There are many articles that claim knitting is similar to programming. What do you think?
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Last updated: May 4, 2018 3:28 PM