'Excel Tips and How-to' category archive, page 3

How to enable and disable macros in Excel

Like almost any technology, macros can be used for both good and evil. Therefore, in Microsoft Excel, all macros are disabled by default. This tutorial covers different ways to enable macros in Excel and explains potential risks associated with that. Continue reading

Personal Macro Workbook in Excel - make macros available in all workbooks

Normally, when you create a macro in Excel, it can only be accessed from that specific workbook. But what if you want to use it in other files too? Store your popular VBA codes in the Personal Macro Workbook. Continue reading

How to run macro in Excel and create your own macro button

Running macros in Excel is a pretty simple thing for experienced users, but it might not be immediately obvious to beginners. In this tutorial, you will learn many different techniques to run a macro, some of which may completely change your way of interacting with Excel workbooks. Continue reading

How to record a macro in Excel

Macros are a great way to automate repetitive tasks in Excel. If you find yourself doing the same things over and over again, simply record your actions as a macro and run it with a keystroke. Continue reading

How to VLOOKUP across multiple sheets in Excel with examples

When looking up some information in Excel, it's a rare case when all the data is on the same sheet. More often, you will have to search across multiple sheets or even different workbooks. The good news is that Microsoft Excel provides more than one way to do this. Continue reading

Excel formula to count cells with certain text: exact and partial match

When analyzing large chunks of information in Excel, you may often want to know how many cells contain specific text. This tutorial explains how to do it in a simple way. Continue reading

How to count cells with text in Excel: any, specific, filtered cells

Initially, Excel spreadsheets were designed to work with numbers. But these days we often use them to store and manipulate text too. Want to know how many cells with text there are in your worksheet? Microsoft Excel has several functions for this. Continue reading

How to export contacts from Outlook

Whether you are migrating to another email service or making a regular backup of your data, it is crucial to transfer all contact details without any fail. This tutorial will teach you a few easy ways to export Outlook contacts into a .csv or .pst file, so that you could later import them anywhere you need. Continue reading

Excel INDEX MATCH MATCH and other formulas for two-way lookup

When searching for something in your Excel spreadsheets, most of the time you'd look up vertically in columns or horizontally in rows. But sometimes you need to look across both rows and columns. This is called a two-dimensional lookup, and this tutorial shows how to do it in 4 different ways. Continue reading

Excel INDEX MATCH with multiple criteria - formula examples

Although Microsoft Excel has special functions for vertical and horizontal lookup, expert users normally replace them with INDEX MATCH, which is superior to VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP in many ways. Among other things, it can look up two or more criteria in columns and rows. Continue reading

XLOOKUP function in Excel for vertical and horizontal lookup

The tutorial introduces XLOOKUP - the new function for vertical and horizontal lookup in Excel. Left lookup, last match, Vlookup with multiple criteria and a lot more things that used to require a rocket science degree to accomplish have now become as easy as ABC. Continue reading

How to use MINIFS function in Microsoft Excel

When it comes to finding the minimum based on conditions, there are several possible solutions. You’ll see different approaches to locate the lowest value and choose the one that suits best for you. Continue reading

Excel MIN function - usage and formula examples

If you have a large range of data to find the lowest value in, the scrolling and looking for it manually is not an option. Please check different ways of locating a minimum number in Excel and choose the best one for your task. Continue reading

MAX IF in Excel to get highest value with conditions

Almost every Excel user is familiar with the good old MAX function that is designed to return the largest value in a dataset. In some situations, however, you may need to drill down into your data further to find the max value based on certain criteria. Continue reading

Excel MAXIFS function - get largest value based on multiple criteria

Traditionally, when you needed to find the highest value with conditions in Excel, you had to build your own MAX IF formula. While not a big deal for experienced users, that might present certain difficulties for novices. Luckily, Microsoft has recently introduced a new function that lets us do conditional max an easy way! Continue reading

MAX function in Excel: formula examples to find and highlight highest value

MAX is one of the most straightforward and easy-to-use Excel functions. However, it does have a couple of tricks knowing which will give you a big advantage. Continue reading

How to create a table in Excel

At the surface, an Excel table just sounds like a way to organize data. In truth, this generic name covers a ton of useful features. Tables containing hundreds or even thousands of rows and columns can be instantly recalculated and totaled, sorted and filtered, updated with new information and reformatted, summarized with pivot tables and exported. Continue reading

Sparklines in Excel: how to create, use and change

Looking for a way to visualize a large volume of data in a little space? Sparklines are a quick and elegant solution. These mini-charts are specially designed to show data trends inside a single cell. Continue reading

Excel print area: how to set, change and clear

When you hit the Print button in Excel, the entire spreadsheet is printed by default. But what if you don't really need to print out all the content of a huge worksheet? Then set the print area that includes only your selection. Continue reading

How to print Excel spreadsheet: tips and guidelines for perfect printouts

Living in a digital world, we still need a printed copy every now and then. At first sight, printing Excel spreadsheets is super easy. Just click the Print button, right? In reality, a well-organized and beautifully formatted sheet that looks great on a monitor is often a mess on a printed page. Continue reading

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