Category Archives: Microsoft Excel 2003

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 – 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 – rounding to the nearest 50p

If you want to round monetary figures to the nearest 50p or the nearest 25p you can use the MROUND function which takes a number and rounds it to the desired multiple. The syntax for this function is MROUND(Number,multiple). So … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – VLOOKUP with prices and Exchange rates

If you have a spreadsheet of items in different currencies and are doing a VLOOKUP to find the prices, you may want to return the items in £ rather than in the mixture of currencies. In the example below, I … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – showing column letters in a row of a worksheet

I was asked on a training course recently whether they could show column letters in a row in their Excel spreadsheet. There is probably more than one way to do this, but I did it with a combination of three … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – sorting within a pie chart

I was asked by a client whether she could sort her pie chart so the largest number was at the top. You cannot really do this within the pie chart itself but you can do it by sorting within the … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – Mac keyboard shortcut for absolute cell references

If you are using a PC or Windows based laptop, you can make an Excel cell reference absolute (or fixed) by pressing the F4 function key on the keyboard after the cell reference. The equivalent if you are using a … Continue reading

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