Category Archives: Microsoft Excel 2003

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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Microsoft Excel – finding process date using working days from end date

If I have a date in which an order has to be sent and I know the number of working days that it takes me to process the order, I may want to find out when I need to start … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – third working day of every month

Someone asked me recently whether they could produce a series in Excel to find out the third working day of every month. To be honest, it may be as easy to do this manually as you still need to input … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – width of columns in charts

I was working with a client the other day creating column charts of data where the horizontal axis was made up of dates. We wanted to make the columns wider, but trying to format the data series to change the … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel – inputting mobile numbers in a specific format

I was recently asked how to get mobile numbers in the format XXXX XXX XXX in an Excel worksheet. The answer is leave the column in which the mobile numbers are to be input formatted as General. Go to the … Continue reading

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