ExcelTips Menu 2011 Archive (Table of Contents)

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ExcelTips Menu 2011 Archive (Table of Contents)

ExcelTips Menu 2011 Archive includes hundreds of valuable tips. The following is the Table of Contents for the archive:


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General Tips

  • History of Excel
  • Determining Your Serial Number
  • Viewing Your Work Full-Screen
  • Jumping to the Real Last Cell
  • Changing Excel's Background Color
  • Speeding Up Large Worksheets
  • Grabbing a User's Name from Excel
  • Embedding Your Phone Number in a Workbook
  • Selecting Noncontiguous Ranges with the Keyboard
  • Going to the Corners of a Selected Range
  • Maintaining the Active Cell
  • A Shortcut for Switching Focus
  • Weird Mouse Shortcut
  • Understanding Manual Calculation
  • Working with Imperial Linear Distances
  • Viewing More Than Two Places in a Worksheet
  • Getting Rid of Workbook Links
  • Floating Information in a Frozen Row
  • Nifty Zooming
  • Finding the Analysis ToolPak Add-In
  • Turning Off Error Checking
  • Changing Error Checking Rules
  • Clearing Large Clipboard Entries
  • Countering Compressed Columns
  • Using a Single Instance of Excel with Two Monitors
  • Saving All Open Workbooks
  • Making AutoComplete Work for an Entire Column
  • Turning Off ScreenTips
  • Adding Pop-Up Documentation to a Cell
  • Single-Use Drop-Down List
  • Cycling through Colors
  • Disabling a Function Key
  • Turning Off AutoFill
  • Increasing the Capacity of AutoCorrect

Editing Tips

  • Entering Numbers in Excel
  • Starting Out Formulas
  • Converting from Relative to Absolute
  • Quickly Selecting Cells
  • Switching Editing Location
  • Canceling an Edit
  • Editing the Same Cell in Multiple Sheets
  • Inserting and Copying Rows
  • Deleting Blank Columns
  • Deleting Every X Rows
  • Deleting Everything Except Formulas
  • Highlighting the Rows of Selected Cells
  • Relative Worksheet References when Copying
  • Displaying Row and Column Labels
  • Can't Empty the Clipboard
  • Character Limits for Cells
  • Forcing Input to Uppercase
  • Quickly Updating Values
  • Setting a Length Limit on Cells
  • Ensuring Unique Values in a Column
  • Inserting Dashes between Letters and Numbers
  • Fast AutoFill
  • Copying Cells to Fill a Range
  • Dragging to Clear Cells
  • Displaying a Hidden First Row
  • Increasing Undo Levels
  • Creating New Windows
  • Working in Feet and Inches
  • Turning Off Automatic Capitalization
  • Correcting a Capital Mistake
  • Copying Subtotals
  • Dividing Values
  • Retaining Formatting After a Paste Multiply
  • Removing Spaces
  • Shortening ZIP Codes
  • Deleting Old Data from a Worksheet
  • Getting Rid of Non-Printing Characters Intelligently
  • Getting Rid of 8-Bit ASCII Characters
  • Finding Unused Names
  • Automatically Protecting After Input
  • Controlling Entry Order on Unprotected Cells
  • Inserting and Deleting Rows in a Protected Worksheet
  • Referencing the Last Cell in a Column
  • Unwanted Data Changes
  • Formatting Canadian Postal Codes
  • Finding Wayward Links
  • Easily Changing Links
  • Updating Links in Copied Files

Find and Replace Tips

  • Replacing Characters at the End of a Cell
  • Limiting Searching to a Column
  • Searching a Workbook by Default
  • Wildcards in 'Replace With' Text

Formatting Tips

  • Indenting Cell Contents
  • Replacing Cell Formats
  • Getting Rid of Negative Zero Amounts
  • Removing Dashes from ISBN Numbers
  • Partially Blocking Social Security Numbers
  • Specifying Superscript Text
  • Using Strikethrough Formatting
  • Number Formatting Shortcuts
  • Adding Diagonal Borders
  • Drawing Borders
  • Changing Fonts in Multiple Workbooks
  • Double-Clicking to Widen Columns Won't Work
  • Adjusting Row Height when Wrapping Text
  • Automatic Row Height for Wrapped Text
  • Automatic Row Height For Merged Cells with Text Wrap
  • Preventing Changes to Formatting and Page Size
  • Saving Custom Formats
  • Converting Forced Text to Numbers
  • Using an Exact Number of Digits
  • Getting Rid of Leading Zeros in a Number Format
  • Handling Negative Numbers in a Complex Custom Format
  • Altering the Displayed Format of Numbers to the Nearest 100
  • Notation for Thousands and Millions
  • Checking Lock Status of Cells
  • Problems with Custom Views
  • Referencing External Cell Colors
  • Handling Leading Zeros in CSV Files

Conditional Formatting Tips

  • Highlighting Cells Containing Specific Text
  • Hiding Columns Based on a Cell Value
  • Conditionally Highlighting Cells Containing Formulas
  • Changing Shading when a Column Value Changes
  • Diagonal Borders in a Conditional Format
  • Protecting Conditional Formatting

Header and Footer Tips

  • Putting Headers and Footers on Multiple Worksheets
  • Changing Section Headers
  • Putting a Different Date in a Header
  • Dynamic Headers and Footers
  • Moving Part of a Footer Down a Line
  • Printing a Multi-Line Footer
  • Last Saved Date in a Footer

Online Tips

  • Using Drag-and-Drop to Create a Hyperlink
  • Dynamic Hyperlinks in Excel
  • Copying a Hyperlink to Lots of Worksheets
  • Tying a Hyperlink to a Specific Cell
  • Changing Portions of Many Hyperlinks
  • Extracting URLs from Hyperlinks
  • Extracting Hyperlink Information
  • Links to Hyperlinks
  • Deleting a Hyperlink
  • Removing Hyperlinks without a Macro
  • Removing Hyperlinks without a Macro
  • Getting Rid of Many Hyperlinks
  • Getting Rid of All Hyperlinks
  • Specifying a Browser in a Hyperlink
  • Hyperlinks to Charts
  • Specifying Your Target Monitor
  • Setting Web Fonts
  • Generating a Web Page
  • Adding Excel Information to a Web Page
  • ScreenTip for an Image
  • Converting to Hyperlinks in a Shared Workbook
  • Retrieving Web Query Data without Interruption

Worksheet Tips

  • Freezing Top Rows and Bottom Rows
  • Stopping the Deletion of Cells
  • Quickly Copying Worksheets
  • Changing the Color of Worksheet Gridlines
  • Viewing Two Worksheets at Once
  • Locking Worksheet Names
  • Counting the Times a Worksheet is Used
  • Referencing Worksheet Tabs
  • Multiple Rows of Worksheet Tabs
  • Shifting Objects Off a Sheet
  • Finding the Size of Individual Worksheets
  • Using a Protected Worksheet

Worksheet Function Tips

  • Returning the MODE of a Range
  • Using the CONCATENATE Worksheet Function
  • Determining Columns in a Range
  • Cleaning Text
  • Making PROPER Skip Certain Words
  • Exact Matches with DSUM
  • Returning a Weight and a Date
  • Counting Displayed Cells
  • Getting the Name of the Parent Workbook
  • Using the IF Worksheet Function
  • Colors in an IF Function
  • Checking for Text
  • Finding the Lowest Numbers
  • Replacing Dashes with Periods
  • Determining a Name for a Week Number
  • Rounding to Powers of 10
  • Using the MROUND Worksheet Function
  • Converting Codes to Characters
  • Returning Blanks or Asterisks from a Lookup

Formula Tips

  • Shortcut for Viewing Formulas
  • Evaluating Formulas
  • Summing Only Positive Values
  • Finding the Sum of a Sequential Integer Range
  • Counting Unique Values
  • Counting Cells with Specific Characters
  • Counting Cells According to Case
  • Counting Consecutive Negative Numbers
  • Counting Employees in Classes
  • Counting Jobs Completed On a Date
  • Counting Non-Blank Cells
  • Averaging the Last Numbers in a Column
  • Calculating Averages by Date
  • Excluding Values from Averaging
  • Averaging Values for a Given Month and Year
  • Calculating the Median Age of a Group of People
  • Using a Numeric Portion of a Cell in a Formula
  • Iterating Circular References
  • Deriving High and Low Non-Zero Values
  • Where Is that Text?
  • Deriving a Secant and Cosecant
  • Determining "Highest Since" or "Lowest Since"
  • Ignoring N/A Values in a Sum
  • Calculating the Interval Between Occurrences
  • Calculating Monthly Interest Charges
  • Breaking Up Variable-Length Part Numbers
  • Rounding to Two Significant Digits
  • Rounding To the Nearest Even Integer
  • Pulling a Phone Number with a Known First and Last Name
  • Filling References to Another Workbook
  • Finding the Smallest Even Value
  • Adding a Missing Closing Bracket
  • Combinations for Members in Meetings
  • Checking for Proper Entry of Array Formulas
  • Adjusting Test Scores Proportionately
  • Finding the Nth Occurrence of a Character
  • Errors when Subtracting
  • Finding the First Non-Digit in a Text Value
  • Generating Double-Digit Random Numbers
  • Figuring Out the Low-Score Winner
  • Referencing the Last Six Items in a Formula
  • Returning Least-Significant Digits
  • Exact Formula Copies
  • Stopping a Formula from Updating References
  • Unbreakable Formula References to Worksheets
  • Pulling Formulas from a Worksheet
  • Only Showing the Maximum of Multiple Iterations
  • Determining If a Value is Out of Limits
  • Ignoring Case in a Comparison

PivotTable Tips

  • Counting with PivotTables
  • Editing PivotTables without Underlying Data
  • Formatting a PivotTable
  • Refreshing PivotTable Data
  • Setting Stable Column Widths in a PivotTable
  • Error in Linked PivotTable Value
  • Suppressing Zero Values in PivotTables

Sorting and Filtering Tips

  • Sorting a Range of Cells
  • Sorting Data Containing Merged Cells
  • Fixing Odd Sorting Behavior
  • Incomplete and Corrupt Sorting
  • Too Many Formats when Sorting
  • Sorting Dates by Month
  • Sorting while Ignoring Leading Characters
  • Sorting with Graphics
  • Sorting Data on Protected Worksheets
  • Filtering to a Date Range in the Past
  • Copying Comments when Filtering
  • Finding Rows with Values in Two Columns
  • Checking for Duplicate Rows Based on a Range of Columns

Comment Tips

  • Pasting a Comment into Your Worksheet
  • Finding and Replacing Text in Comments
  • Moving Comment Background Pictures to Cells

Date and Time Tips

  • Limiting Entry of Prior Dates
  • Entering Large Time Values
  • Using Early Dates
  • Days Left in the Year
  • Calculating a Group Retirement Date
  • Dates with Periods
  • Adding Ordinal Notation to Dates
  • Calculating Week-Ending Dates
  • Calculating the First Business Day of the Month
  • The Last Business Day
  • Monthly Close-Out Dates
  • Determining Business Quarters from Dates
  • Parsing Non-Standard Date Formats
  • Converting an Unsupported Date Format
  • Converting European Dates to US Dates
  • Converting UNIX Date/Time Stamps
  • Inserting the Current Time with Seconds
  • Displaying Negative Times
  • Converting Time Notation to Decimal Notation
  • Converting UTC Times to Local Times
  • Is Daylight Savings Time in Effect?

Graphics Tips

  • Drawing Lines
  • Drawing Simple Objects
  • Duplicating Drawing Objects
  • Quickly Duplicating Drawing Objects
  • Flipping a Drawing Object
  • Nudging a Graphic
  • Specifying an Order for Drawing Objects
  • Grouping and Ungrouping Objects
  • Exporting a Graphics Group
  • Positioning Graphics Evenly
  • Positioning a Graphic in a Macro
  • Pulling AutoShape Text from a Worksheet Cell
  • Pictures in AutoShapes
  • Hiding Graphics
  • Removing Pictures for a Worksheet in VBA
  • Using Text Boxes
  • Resizing a Text Box in a Macro
  • Displaying Images based on a Result
  • Using the Camera in VBA
  • Creating Venn Diagrams with Excel Data
  • Resize Graphics Outside of Excel

Charting Tips

  • Changing Chart Types
  • Creating a Log/Log Chart
  • Creating Charts in VBA
  • Selecting Fonts for a Chart
  • Controlling Chart Gridlines
  • Moving a Chart's Legend
  • Turning the Legend On and Off
  • Formatting Axis Patterns
  • Changing Axis Tick Marks
  • Two-Level Axis Labels
  • Adjusting Your View of 3-D Graphs
  • Reordering the Display of a Data Series
  • Using Graphics to Represent Data Series
  • Positive and Negative Colors in a Chart
  • Unselecting a Chart Item
  • Locking Callouts to a Graph Location
  • Negatives in Pie Charts
  • Exporting Black and White Charts
  • Identifying Scatter Plot Points
  • Reading Values from Graphs
  • Graphically Charting Geographic Data
  • Embedding an Excel Chart in a Word Document

Printing Tips

  • Selecting a Paper Source
  • Adding the Set Print Area Tool
  • Clearing the Print Area
  • Automatically Printing a Range
  • Printing Just the Visible Data
  • Printing a Number of Different Pages
  • Specifying an Order for Page Printing
  • Printing an Entire Workbook by Default
  • Printing Only Non-Blank Worksheets
  • Printing a Draft Watermark
  • Printing without Opening
  • Printing Workbooks in a Folder
  • Printing Multiple Pages On a Piece of Paper
  • Printing a Chart Across Multiple Pages
  • Out of Kilter Borders
  • Repeating Rows at the Bottom of a Page
  • Repeating Rows on a Printout Except On the Last Page
  • Automatic Selection of Portrait or Landscape
  • Hiding Errors on Printouts

Workbook and File Tips

  • Setting a Default File Format
  • Error Opening Second Workbook
  • Closing Multiple Files
  • Closing a Read-Only Workbook
  • Accessing a Problem Shared Workbook
  • Forcing a Workbook to Close after Inactivity
  • Grabbing the MRU List
  • Saving a Workbook Using Passwords
  • Sorting Files
  • Disabling Shift Key Use when Opening a Workbook
  • Importing Multiple Files to a Single Workbook
  • Personal.xls File Not Opening
  • Changing Link References
  • Correctly Saving Delimited Files
  • Setting the AutoRecover Directory
  • Saving a Workbook with a Preview
  • Pulling Filenames into a Worksheet
  • Comma-Delimited Differences for PC and Mac
  • Getting Input from a Text File

Tools Tips

  • Using Data Forms
  • Creating Dependent Drop-Lists
  • Fixed-Width Settings when Converting Text to Columns
  • Understanding Outlining
  • Adjusting Spell Check for Internet Addresses
  • Setting Spell-Checking Options
  • Allowing for Words that Contain Numbers
  • Spell-checking Uppercase Words
  • Spell-Checking in a Protected Worksheet
  • Editing Custom Dictionaries
  • Backing Up Custom Dictionaries
  • Adding Buttons to Your Worksheet
  • Restoring the Analysis ToolPak
  • Getting Contact Information from Outlook

Macro Tips

  • Editing Macros
  • Develop Macros in Their Own Workbook
  • Moving Macros from the Personal Workbook
  • Disappearing Toolbar Buttons for Macros
  • Hiding Macros
  • Making Common Functions Available to Others
  • Trouble Recording Paste Special Formula
  • Maximum Length Limit for a Macro
  • Opening a Workbook but Disabling Macros
  • Getting Rid of the "Enable Macros" Notice
  • Stepping Through a Macro with a Worksheet Visible
  • Working while a Macro is Running
  • Removing All Macros
  • Clearing the Undo Stack in a Macro
  • Converting Numbers to Strings
  • DOS From Macros
  • Determining a Random Value
  • Determining an Integer Value
  • Pulling Apart Cells
  • Removing a Directory
  • Deleting a File in a Macro
  • Spreading Out a Table
  • Specifying Location for a Message Box
  • Determining the RGB Value of a Color
  • Swapping Two Strings
  • Expiration Date for Excel Programs
  • Noting the Workbook Creation Date
  • Displaying the Print Dialog Box in a Macro
  • Deriving an Absolute Value in a Macro
  • Magnifying Only the Current Cell
  • Renaming a File
  • Detecting Types of Sheets in VBA
  • Digital Signatures for Macros
  • Aborting a Macro and Retaining Control
  • Running a Macro when a Worksheet is Deactivated
  • Running a Macro when a Workbook is Closed
  • Macro Runs Slowly, but Steps Quickly
  • Positioning a Column on the Screen
  • Forcing a Macro to Run when a Worksheet is Recalculated
  • Determining How Many Windows are Open
  • Saving Changes when Closing
  • Searching for Leading Apostrophes
  • Saving a Workbook in a Macro
  • Limiting Scroll Area
  • Creating Worksheets with a Macro
  • Jumping to the Start of the Next Data Entry Row
  • Counting Precedents and Dependents
  • Storing a User's Location before Running a Macro
  • Setting Program Window Size in a Macro
  • Hiding Excel in VBA
  • Finding the Number of Significant Digits
  • Counting Commas in a Selection
  • Macro Fails after AutoFilter
  • Determining a Worksheet's Number
  • Finding Cells Filled with a Particular Color
  • Default Worksheet when Opening
  • Sheets for Months

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