Category Archives: Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel – gridlines lost when formatting cell background

When you add colour to a cell background in Excel, either manually using the Cell Background   button or by using Conditional Formatting, you lose the gridline round the cell.   If you really want to see the gridline, you … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – Sorting by colour and within that alphabetically

If you conditionally format data in Excel, you can sort by colour.  In the above data set, I have conditionally formatted all those with word ESTATE in the description. Then, on the Data tab, I click the big Sort button … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – using series from more than one worksheet in a chart

Sometimes you may create a chart in Excel and then want to add data from another worksheet. To add in extra data, on the Chart Tools Design tab, in the Data group, click Select Data. At the left under Legend … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – date format of Monday 1 Jan 2018

I was asked whether I could create a date format of Monday 1 Jan 2018 and copy it down to Tuesday 2 Jan 2018 etc. This requires a custom format. However, I also found it required me changing my computer … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – quick entry of last day of every month

To enter the last day of every month into a column in a worksheet, first enter the last date of the first month to be included, say 31/01/2017. Drag down to fill in as many as required. Go to the … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – adding an “X” or equivalent text in several cells in a column

I was asked recently how one could add X to every number in a cell – this would be for a product code, a part number etc. This is a matter of formatting the data. Select the cells you want … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – handling a mix of calendar days and business days

Someone I was training recently had been given a spreadsheet with dates from the beginning of the month – some as calendar dates – ending is st, nd, rd, th and some with no suffix which were business days from … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – keep sort details when creating sorts on more than one set of data

A client had a tennis scoring spreadsheet with different sets of data for different divisions on the same worksheet. Players on equal points are thereafter ranked on best games difference, then games won and then head to head. Whenever he … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – finding a week number

Although it is easy enough to work out the month or year of an Excel date, using the MONTH and YEAR functions, it is not as obvious to work out what week of the year a date falls in. However … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – getting Monday and Wednesday dates into a workbook

I was training the other day and demonstrating sequences with dates, working days etc. Someone asked me whether they could quickly put all Monday and Wednesday dates into a worksheet as these were the days maintenance staff were on site. … Continue reading

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