"Excel" category

Case-sensitive SUMIF and SUMIFS in Excel and Google Sheets

The SUMIF and SUMIFS functions available in Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets are case-insensitive by nature. To conditionally sum cells treating lowercase and uppercase letters as different characters, you'll have to come up with something else. Continue reading

How to group columns in Excel

If you feel overwhelmed or confused about the extensive content of your worksheet, you can organize the columns in groups to easily hide and show different parts of your sheet, so that only the relevant information is visible. Continue reading

How to find sum of largest N numbers in Excel

In some situations, you may need to sum specific numbers in a range, say top 3, 5, 10 or n. That might be a challenge because Excel has no inbuilt function for this. But as always, there is nothing that would prevent you from constructing your own formulas :) Continue reading

SUMIF multiple columns with one or several criteria in Excel

Doing a conditional sum in Excel is a piece of cake as long as all the values to be totaled are in one column. Summing multiple columns is a problem because both the SUMIF and SUMIFS functions require the sum range and criteria ranges to be equally sized. Continue reading

How to make a heat map in Excel with or without numbers

Microsoft Excel has a number of inbuilt features to create graphs. Regrettably, a heat map is not on board. Luckily, there is a quick and simple way to create a heat map in Excel with conditional formatting. Continue reading

Mail Merge formatting issues in Word: causes and fixes

Using Word's Mail Merge to automate the creation of a document from an Excel worksheet may present lots of challenges. Our troubleshooting tips will help you fix typical formatting problems. Continue reading

How to number columns in Excel and convert column letter to number

The tutorial talks about how to return a column number in Excel using formulas and how to number columns automatically. Continue reading

How to convert column number to letter in Excel

When building complex formulas in Excel, you may sometimes need to get a column letter of a specific cell or from a given number. This can be done in two ways: by using inbuilt functions or your own one. Continue reading

Using ISERROR with VLOOKUP in Excel

VLOOKUP is one of the most confusing Excel functions plagued with many issues. Using VLOOKUP with ISERROR can help you catch all possible errors and handle them in a way most appropriate to your situation. Continue reading

How to use ISERROR function in Excel

When you write a formula that Excel does not understand or cannot calculate, it draws your attention to the problem by showing an error message. The ISERROR function can help you catch errors and provide an alternative when an error is found. Continue reading

Excel split screen - view different parts of a sheet at once

When working with large datasets, it can be helpful to see a few areas of the same worksheet at a time to compare different subsets of data. This can be done by using Excel's Split Screen feature. Continue reading

How to open Excel files in separate windows and multiple instances

Having spreadsheets in two different windows makes many Excel tasks easier. One of the possible solutions is viewing workbooks side by side, but this eats a lot of space and isn't always the best option. Continue reading

Excel IFNA function to handle #N/A errors

Getting a lot of #N/A errors in your worksheets and are curious to know if there is a way to replace them with a user-friendly message? IFNA formula is the solution you need. Continue reading

ISNA function in Excel with formula examples

When Excel cannot find what it is asked for, a #N/A! error appears in a cell. To intercept and handle such errors, you can use the ISNA function. Continue reading

How to change Excel CSV delimiter to comma or semicolon

Imagine this: you want to export your Excel data to another application. Whatever CSV option you use, the result is a semicolon-separated file instead of comma-separated you really wanted. The setting is default, and you have no idea how to change it. Continue reading

How to highlight active row and column in Excel

When viewing a large worksheet for a long time, you may eventually lose track of where your cursor is and which data you are looking at. To know exactly where you are at any moment, get Excel to automatically highlight the active row and column for you! Continue reading

VLOOKUP to compare two columns in Excel for common values and missing data

When you have data in two different lists, you may often need to compare them to see what information is missing in one of the lists or what data is present in both. Comparison can be done in many different ways, which method to use depends on exactly what you want from it. Continue reading

How to use and store custom functions in Excel

Today we’ll continue exploring custom Excel functions. Now that you know how to create UDFs, let’s dig a bit deeper and learn how to use and store user-defined functions in Excel. Continue reading

RegEx in Excel: using regular expressions in formulas

At first sight, Excel has everything you could ever need for text string manipulations. Hmm… what about regular expressions? Oops, there are no built-in Regex functions in Excel. But no one says we cannot create our own ones :) Continue reading

Debug user defined functions

As you already know how to create UDFs (and, I hope, you’ve also tried applying them in your Excel), let’s dig a bit deeper and see what can be done in case your user defined function is not working. Continue reading

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