ExcelTips Menu 2012 Archive (Table of Contents)

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ExcelTips Menu 2012 Archive (Table of Contents)

ExcelTips Menu 2012 Archive includes hundreds of valuable tips. The following is the Table of Contents for the archive:


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General Tips

  • Starting in Safe Mode
  • Excluding a Specific Add-In at Startup
  • Arranging Workbook Windows
  • Quickly Changing Windows
  • Opening Two Workbooks with the Same Name
  • Hanging When Opening a Workbook
  • Moving from Sheet to Sheet
  • Turning Headers On and Off
  • Odd Arrow Key Behavior
  • Forcing Manual Calculation For a Workbook
  • Forcing Stubborn Recalculation
  • Where Is that Name?
  • Understanding Relative and Absolute Addressing
  • Relative Worksheet References
  • Relative References to Cells in Other Workbooks
  • Date Last Edited
  • Viewing Workbook Statistics
  • Status Bar Summing No Longer Available
  • Losing Data in a Shared Workbook
  • Ignoring Other Applications
  • Weird Actions for Arrow Keys and Enter
  • Saving Non-Existent Changes
  • Identifying Merged Cells
  • Working with Record Numbers
  • Enlarging the Formula Bar
  • Setting the Width for Row Labels
  • Simplifying the Font List
  • Deleting a Toolbar
  • Resetting Toolbars to Their Default
  • Resetting Excel Menus
  • Turning Off Dynamic Menus
  • Problem with Missing Context Menu Option
  • Easily Deploying Customizations
  • Turning Off Names
  • Thoughts and Ideas on Significant Digits in Excel

Editing Tips

  • Entering Formulas in Excel
  • Entering Info into Multiple Cells
  • Dealing with Long Formulas
  • Viewing Formula Results
  • How Operators are Evaluated
  • Cell Movement After Enter
  • Moving and Selecting Rows
  • Ranges on Multiple Worksheets
  • Turning Off Insert Options
  • Creating Selections
  • Editing Individual Cells
  • Picking a Group of Cells
  • Undoing an Edit
  • Moving Cells Using the Mouse
  • Clearing and Deleting Cells
  • Enhanced Filling
  • AutoFilling from a Custom List
  • Skipping Rows when Filling
  • Quickly Filling a Column
  • Using the Fill Handle from the Keyboard
  • Turning Off AutoFill for a Workbook
  • AutoFill Won't Work as Expected
  • Errors when Copying References to External Cells
  • Activating the Formula Bar with the Keyboard
  • Adjusting Formulas when Pasting
  • Limiting Input to a Format
  • Limiting Number of Characters in a Cell
  • Limiting Entry of Names
  • Quickly Transposing Cells
  • Three-Dimensional Transpositions
  • Automatically Breaking Text
  • Concatenating Ranges of Cells
  • Turning Off Paste Options
  • Modifying Proper Capitalization
  • Deleting Everything Except Formulas
  • Converting Text to Values
  • Checking for an Entry in a Cell
  • Getting Help when Entering Functions
  • Typing Check Marks into Excel
  • Combining Multiple Rows in a Column
  • Disabling Dragging and Dropping
  • Using Slashed Zeroes
  • Using Subtotals and Totals
  • Counting Words
  • Deleting All Names but a Few
  • Pasting without Updating References
  • Symbols Convert to Numbers in Excel
  • Checking for a Value in a Cell
  • Changing Multiple Cells at Once
  • Understanding AutoComplete
  • Combining Columns
  • Creating a Shortcut for Pasting Values
  • Tab Key Jumps a Screen at a Time
  • Ensuring Rows and Columns are Empty
  • Inserting a Radical Symbol
  • Reference Shortcut
  • Ctrl+V Pasting is Flakey
  • Using the Same Range Name on Different Worksheets
  • Conditionally Deleting Rows
  • Moving and Copying Cells
  • Changing Months in a Workbook
  • Accepting Only a Single Digit
  • Automatically Numbering Rows
  • Pasting Multiple Paragraphs Into a Single Cell
  • Entered Values are Divided by 100
  • Selecting Formulas

Find and Replace Tips

  • Finding Text in Text Boxes
  • Using Find and Replace to Pre-Pend Characters
  • Finding and Replacing Error Values
  • Making All Occurrences Bold

Formatting Tips

  • Selecting a Paper Size
  • Setting Row Height
  • Setting Vertical Alignment
  • Setting Cell Width and Height Using the Keyboard
  • Adjusting Cell Margins for More White Space
  • Removing All Formatting
  • Converting from Numbers to Text
  • Formatting Currency
  • Hiding and Unhiding Columns
  • Unhiding a Single Column
  • Unhiding Columns that are Persistently Hidden
  • Hiding and Unhiding Rows
  • Hiding a Huge Number of Rows
  • Hiding Rows Based on Two Values
  • Hiding Individual Cells
  • Filling a Cell
  • Changing the Percent Symbol
  • Creating Superscript and Subscript Buttons
  • Displaying Negative Percentages in Red
  • Accurate Font Sizes
  • Changes in Font Size when Copying
  • Shrinking Cell Contents
  • Changing Cell Colors
  • Creating 3-D Formatting for a Cell
  • Using Fractional Number Formats
  • Stopping Fractions from Reducing
  • Creating a Center Across Selection Button
  • Merge and Center Not Available
  • Decimal Tab Alignment
  • Rounded Corners on Cells
  • No More Custom Formats Can Be Added

Conditional Formatting Tips

  • Copying Conditional Formatting
  • Conditional Formatting Based on Date Proximity
  • Shading a Cell Until Something is Entered
  • Shading Rows with Conditional Formatting
  • Shading Based on Odds and Evens
  • Conditional Format that Checks for Data Type

Header and Footer Tips

  • Creating a Footer
  • Creating Long Page Footers
  • Using a Different Footer on Secondary Pages
  • Selective Headers and Footers
  • Adding Graphics to a Header or Footer
  • Adding Ampersands in Headers and Footers
  • Ampersands in Headers and Footers

Online Tips

  • Editing a Hyperlink
  • Turning Off Hyperlink Activation
  • Drop-Down List of Hyperlinks
  • Opening Sites in a Browser
  • Automatic Text in an E-mail
  • Extracting E-mail Addresses from Hyperlinks

Worksheet Tips

  • Quickly Inserting a New Worksheet
  • Hiding and Unhiding Worksheets
  • Copying a Worksheet
  • Creating a Copy without Formulas
  • Turning Off Worksheet Tabs
  • Unlocking a Worksheet with an Unknown Password
  • Disabling Moving Between Worksheets
  • Switching Headers in a Frozen Row
  • Identifying the Last Cell Changed in a Worksheet
  • Protecting a Worksheet's Format
  • Protecting Worksheets from Deletion
  • Retrieving Worksheet Names
  • Lotus Grouped Worksheets

Worksheet Function Tips

  • Rounding Numbers
  • Cell and Name References in COUNTIF
  • Using the TRUNC Worksheet Function
  • Using the INT Worksheet Function
  • Establishing a FLOOR and CEILING
  • Specifying a Language for the TEXT Function
  • Finding the Date Associated with a Negative Value
  • SUMIF Doesn't Recalc Automatically
  • Counting with Formulas
  • Specifying Proper Case
  • Using the REPT Function
  • Using the EOMONTH Function
  • Calculating Combinations
  • Using the COLUMN Function
  • Counting the Number of Blank Cells
  • Using the IRR Function
  • Random Numbers in a Range
  • Converting to Hexadecimal
  • Strange ATAN Results
  • Finding the Nth Root of a Number
  • Making VLOOKUP Case Sensitive
  • Making VLOOKUP Trigger a Macro
  • Returning a Worksheet Name

Formula Tips

  • Creating an Amortization Schedule
  • Limiting Entries to Numeric Values
  • Dealing with Circular References
  • Copying Named Ranges
  • Summing Based on Part of the Information in a Cell
  • Summing Based on Formatting in Adjacent Cells
  • Summing Digits in a Value
  • Summing Only Visible Values
  • Incrementing Numeric Portions of Serial Numbers
  • Last Non-Zero Value in a Row
  • Getting the Name of the Worksheet Into a Cell
  • Cell Address of a Maximum Value
  • Determining Winners, by Category
  • Searching for a Value Using a Function
  • Counting Wins and Losses
  • Finding Columns of a Certain Width
  • Generating Random Strings of Characters
  • Picking Different Random Numbers from a Range
  • Counting Unique Values with Functions
  • Getting Rid of Everything Except Numbers
  • Rounding Up to the Next Half
  • Condensing Sequential Values to a Single Row
  • Patterns of Numbers with a Formula
  • Extracting a Pattern from within Text
  • Counting Only Money Winners
  • Determining Combinations to Make a Total
  • Returning Zero When a Referenced Cell is Blank
  • Non-adjusting References in Formulas
  • Throwing Out the Lowest Score
  • Looking Backward through a Data Table
  • Returning Item Codes Instead of Item Names
  • Calculating a Geometric Standard Deviation
  • Compiling a List of Students in a Course
  • Extracting First and Last Words
  • Separating Names into Individual Columns
  • Reordering Last Name and First Name
  • Reversing Names In Place

PivotTable Tips

  • Default Formatting for PivotTables
  • Text Truncated in PivotTable
  • Weighted Averages in a PivotTable

Sorting and Filtering Tips

  • Understanding Ascending and Descending Sorts
  • Sorting an Entire List
  • Sorting Decimal Values
  • Ignoring Selected Words when Sorting
  • Non-standard Sorting
  • Performing Complex Sorts
  • Toggling AutoFilter
  • Setting Up Custom AutoFiltering
  • Filtering for Comments
  • Counting Filtered Rows
  • Performing Calculations while Filtering
  • Showing Filter Criteria on a Printout
  • Hiding Graphics when Filtering
  • Putting Addresses on State-Specific Worksheets

Comment Tips

  • Viewing Comments
  • Keyboard Shortcut for Comments
  • Editing Comments
  • Managing Comments
  • Printing Comments
  • Adding a Comment to Multiple Cells
  • Linking Comments to Multiple Cells
  • Counting Comments in a Worksheet
  • Copying Comments to Cells
  • Inserting Workbook Comments Into a Cell

Date and Time Tips

  • How Excel Stores Dates and Times
  • Changing Excel's Starting Date
  • Entering Dates in Excel
  • Quickly Entering Dates and Times
  • Entering Dates without Separators
  • Entering or Importing Times without Colons
  • Rounding Time
  • Displaying a Result as Minutes and Seconds
  • Working with Elapsed Time
  • Calculating Elapsed Time with Excluded Periods
  • Calculating Business Days
  • Calculating Future Workdays
  • Calculating a Date Five Days before the First Business Day
  • End-of-Month Calculations
  • Automatically Converting to GMT
  • Setting a Default Date Format
  • Forcing Dates Forward
  • Automatically Advancing by a Month
  • Every Second Tuesday
  • Calculating an Age On a Given Date
  • Backwards Date Parsing
  • Tombstone Date Math
  • Converting Numeric Values to Times
  • Using Excel for Timing
  • Combining and Formatting Times
  • Counting Dates in a Range
  • Counting Times within a Range

Graphics Tips

  • Selecting Drawing Objects
  • Changing an AutoShape
  • Changing the Size of a Graphic
  • Cropping Graphics
  • Getting Rid of Fixed Objects
  • Pop-Up Comments for Graphics
  • Adding Text to an AutoShape
  • Setting Default Attributes for Lines and Arrows
  • Inserting a Watermark Behind Merged Cells
  • Deleting Graphics when Deleting a Row
  • Placing Textbox Text Into a Worksheet
  • Inserting Video into Worksheets
  • Taking a Picture

Charting Tips

  • Specifying Chart Sizes
  • Formatting the Border of a Legend
  • Adding Text Boxes to Charts
  • Labeling X-Y Scatter Plots
  • Colorizing Charts
  • Controlling the Plotting of Empty Cells
  • Using Chart Titles
  • Adding Data Labels to Your Chart

Printing Tips

  • Setting Up Your Printer
  • Setting Page Margins
  • Setting the Print Area
  • Copying Print Areas when Copying Worksheets
  • Locking the Print Area
  • Printing a Portion of a Worksheet
  • Printing Multiple Worksheet Ranges
  • Printing Multiple Selections
  • Printing Based on Cell Contents
  • Printing All or Nothing
  • Setting Print Titles
  • Centering Your Worksheet
  • Scaling Your Printing
  • Changing Orientations within a Single Printout
  • Massive Printouts
  • Printing Row Numbers
  • Printing a Worksheet List
  • Changing Paper Size for a Complete Workbook
  • Print Quantity is Stuck
  • Using Multiple Print Settings
  • Protecting Print Settings
  • Preparing a Chart Sheet for Printing

Workbook and File Tips

  • Creating Default Formatting for Workbooks and Worksheets
  • Comparing Workbooks
  • Duplicate Workbooks Opening
  • Limiting Who Can Delete Data
  • Opening a Workbook to a Specific Worksheet
  • Open Workbooks Don't Display
  • Calculating Only the Active Workbook
  • Automatically Hiding Personal.xls
  • CSV File Opens with Data in a Single Column
  • Saving in Two Locations
  • Locked File Puzzle
  • Using Your Own File Extensions
  • Loading Unwanted Files at Startup
  • File Formats that Include Field Formats
  • Converting PDF to Excel
  • Don't Update Links to Other Programs
  • Finding the Parent Folder
  • Importing Many Files Into Excel
  • Avoiding Scientific Notation on File Imports
  • Creating Individual Workbooks
  • Invalid Names when Opening Workbook
  • Accessing Old Excel Data

Tools Tips

  • Using Data Validation
  • Setting Data Validation Input Messages
  • Specifying a Data Validation Error Message
  • Stopping Validated Data from being Overwritten
  • Contingent Validation Lists
  • Importing Custom Lists
  • Watching Cell Values
  • Using AutoCorrect
  • Converting Imported Information to Numeric Values
  • Understanding Views
  • Using Stored Views
  • Deleting a View
  • Pulling Access Information into Excel

Macro Tips

  • Understanding Variables in VBA Macros
  • Understanding Subroutines
  • Understanding Functions in Macros
  • Understanding the If ... End If Structure
  • Understanding the Select Case Structure
  • Exiting a For ... Next Loop Early
  • Determining the Length of a String
  • Comparing Strings
  • Pulling Apart Characters in a Long String
  • Using the Status Bar
  • Disabled Macros
  • Retrieving Drive Statistics
  • Extracting Proper Words
  • Documenting Changes in VBA Code
  • Copying Pictures with a Macro
  • Determining If a Number is Odd or Even
  • Getting User Input in a Dialog Box
  • Waiting for Update Completion
  • Selecting a Specific Cell in a Macro
  • Selecting a Cell in the Current Row
  • Selecting a Range of Cells Relative to the Current Cell
  • Finding the Last-Used Cell in a Macro
  • Self-Aware Macros
  • Page Numbers in VBA
  • Getting a File Name
  • Automating Copying Macros
  • Filling a Range of Cells with Values
  • Automatically Loading Add-ins
  • Converting Phone Numbers
  • Item Not Available in Library
  • Macros in Template Files
  • Counting Colors of Cells
  • Switching Windows in a Macro
  • Creating and Naming a Worksheet Using a Macro
  • Transferring Data between Worksheets Using a Macro
  • Generating Unique, Sequential Names
  • Replacing Some Formulas with the Formula Results
  • Selecting Columns in VBA when Cells are Merged
  • Displaying the Selected Cell's Address
  • Displaying the First Worksheet in a Macro
  • Selecting All Visible Worksheets in a Macro
  • Telling which Worksheets are Selected
  • Copying Worksheets in a Macro
  • Naming Tabs for Weeks
  • Sheets for Days
  • Generating Unique Numbers for Worksheets
  • Preparing Data for Import into Access
  • Converting to ASCII Text
  • Putting an X in a Clicked Cell
  • Deleting Unwanted Styles
  • Turning Off Track Changes without Unsharing
  • Forcing a Worksheet to be Protected Again
  • Conditionally Playing an Audio File
  • Detecting Hidden Rows
  • Out of Memory Errors when Accessing the VBA Editor
  • Independent Radio Buttons

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