'Excel Tips and How-to' category archive, page 4

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

How to calculate IRR in Excel with formulas, template and Goal Seek

When you know the internal rate of return of a project, you may think you have all you need to evaluate it - the bigger the IRR the better. In practice, it's not that simple. Continue reading

How to use MIRR function in Excel to calculate modified internal rate of return

For many years, finance experts and textbooks have warned about the flaws and deficiencies of the internal rate of return, but many executives keep using it for assessing capital projects. Do they enjoy living on the edge or simply are not aware of the existence of MIRR? Continue reading

Excel XIRR function to find internal rate of return for non-periodic cash flows

Calculating IRR for periodic cash flows is easy. In real life situations, however, cash inflows and outflows often happen at irregular intervals. Thankfully, Microsoft Excel has a special function to find IRR in such cases, and this tutorial will teach you how to use it. Continue reading

How to use Excel IRR function to calculate internal rate of return

IRR in Excel is one of the financial functions for calculating the internal rate of return, which is frequently used in capital budgeting to judge projected returns on investments. Continue reading

How to calculate NPV in Excel - net present value formula examples

Microsoft Excel has a special function for calculating NPV, but its use can be tricky especially if you have little experience in financial modeling. The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how the Excel NPV function works and point out possible pitfalls when calculating the net present value of a series of cash flows. Continue reading

Excel ribbon: quick guide for beginners

As with other Office applications, Excel ribbon is your primary interface that contains every command and feature you'll ever need. What to know what Excel is capable of? Go explore the ribbon! Continue reading

Customize Excel ribbon with your own tabs, groups or commands

Introduced in Excel 2007, the ribbon allows you to access most of the commands and features available in Excel. Why would you want to customize the ribbon? Perhaps you will find it convenient to have your own tab with your favorite and most used commands at your fingertips. Continue reading

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