Excel Formula Quick Tricks
August 25, 2020
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Drop downs make it easy to enter data in a table, and it's more helpful if each list is based on your selections in other drop downs.
My latest example has 3 levels of dependent drop downs - 1) select a region, 2) pick a sales rep from that region, 3) choose a customer for that region and sales rep.
This sheet has the lists for the Customer column drop down. The list for East/Dee starts in cell E7.
This is the formula in cell B7, and copied across to column J.
=IFERROR(SORT(FILTER(CustCol, (RegCol=B3) * (RepCol=B4))),"")
To see all the details, and to get the sample file, go to the Dependent Drop Downs in Excel Table page.
NOTE: If your version of Excel doesn't have the new functions yet, try the technique on this page.
Here a couple of quick tips, to help when you're entering a complex formula.
After you type the function name and bracket, press Ctrl+Shift+A to put all the arguments into the cell.
Move the ToolTip
If the function argument tooltip gets in your way, you can move it.
Or, if you never use the tooltip, turn it off:
Here are a couple of Excel-related articles that you might find useful or interesting.
Learning: Whatever you're trying to learn, there's good advice from Gordon Shotwell in his article, Advice for non-traditional data scientists. My favourite tip - "Follow kind experts" (Level - All)
Power BI: Watch session recordings from the recent Power BI conference, including Create Beautiful Yet Effective Data Visualizations, by Grace Teoh. Note: You'll have to register (free). (Level - All)
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Last updated: August 23, 2020 8:46 AM