Excel tutorials, functions and advanced formula examples, page 2

How to turn off Scroll Lock in Excel

Just imagine this. You are working in Excel when all of a sudden you notice that you cannot move from cell to cell normally - instead of getting to the next cell, your arrow keys scroll the whole worksheet. Don't panic - simply turn the Scroll Lock off. Continue reading

If VLOOKUP in Google Sheets is not working

How to do a Vlookup without errors in Google Sheets? Take a closer look at the most common mistakes made when working with the VLOOKUP function. Continue reading

How to do subscript and superscript in Excel for text and numbers

In this tutorial, you will learn many different ways to do superscript and subscript in Excel: keyboard shortcuts, custom formats, writing superscripted and subscripted characters with a mouse, and more. Continue reading

The Compare Sheets tool for Excel is out!

I am happy to let you know that the Compare Sheets tool is finally out! You can find it in Ablebits Ultimate Suite for Excel 2018.3. Continue reading

How to calculate days since or until date in Excel

Are you stuck with calculating how many days there are since a certain date or until date? This tutorial will teach you an easy way to add and subtract days from date in Excel. With our formulas you can quickly calculate 90 days from date, 45 days before date, and count whatever number of days you need. Continue reading

Ultimate Suite 2018.3 is released!

I am glad to let you know that we have finally released Ultimate Suite 2018.3. In this post, you will find a list of the essential changes and improvements. Continue reading

How to alphabetize tabs in Excel

There is only one method to rearrange worksheets in Excel - drag them to the desired position on the sheet tab bar. When it comes to alphabetizing tabs in a large Excel file, this may be a long and erroneous way. This tutorial shows a couple of time-saving alternatives. Continue reading

Calculate and highlight 90/60/30 days from or before today in Excel

Are you looking to calculate the expiration date that is exactly 90 days from now? Or you need to know the date that occurred 60 days before today? Whatever your task is, this tutorial will teach you how to make your own date calculator in Excel in under 5 minutes. Continue reading

How to strikethrough in Excel

It is super easy to cross out text in Microsoft Word – you simply click the strikethrough icon on the ribbon. Naturally, you'd expect to see the same button on the Excel ribbon. But it's nowhere to be found. So, how do you strikethrough text in Excel? Continue reading

Enabled Preview in Windows Explorer causing issues with Excel and Excel add-ins

When you preview Excel files in Windows Explorer, you may experience some difficulties with the Ablebits add-ins and with the Office 365 applications themselves. In this post you'll find out how the problem can be displayed in Excel 2016 and how it can be solved. Continue reading

How to alphabetize in Excel: sort columns and rows A-Z or Z-A

Alphabetizing in Excel is as easy as ABC. Whether you are sorting an entire worksheet or selected range, vertically or horizontally, ascending or descending, in most cases the task can be accomplished with a button click. Continue reading

8 ways to add bullet points in Excel

Excel does not provide a built-in feature to make bulleted lists like most word processors including Microsoft Word do. But that doesn't mean there is no way to insert bullet points in Excel. In fact, there are at least 8 different ways, and this tutorial covers them all. Continue reading

Ways to move, merge, hide, and change rows in Google Sheets

Google Sheets lets you manage rows in many different ways: move, hide and unhide, change their height, and merge multiple rows into one. A special styling tool will also make your table easy to understand and work with. Continue reading

How to load the Ablebits add-in in Office 365 installed from Microsoft Store

In this post we'd like to share the solution to the problem that the Ablebits users have encountered recently. The issue occurs in Office 365 installed from Microsoft Store. If you use this version of Office on your machine, the Ablebits product may not appear in Excel after the installation and you will have to add it manually to the Office application. Continue reading

Excel COUNTIF and COUNTIFS with OR conditions

As everyone knows, Excel COUNTIF function is designed to count cells based on just one criterion while COUNTIFS evaluates multiple criteria with AND logic. But what if your task requires OR logic – when several conditions are provided, any one can match to be included in the count? Continue reading

SUMIFS in Google Sheets to sum cells with multiple criteria (AND / OR logic)

Google Spreadsheets provide two functions to conditionally sum cells, SUMIF and SUMIFS. Regular visitors of our blog are already familiar with the SUMIF function that we covered last week, and today we are going to have a closer look at its plural version. Continue reading

SUMIF in Google Sheets with formula examples

Google Sheets has two functions to add up numbers based on conditions: SUMIF and SUMIFS. The former evaluates just one condition while the latter can test multiple conditions at a time. In this tutorial, we will focus solely on the SUMIF function. Continue reading

How to unmerge cells in Excel

When you have related data in several cells, you may be tempted to combine them into a single cell for alignment or comparison purposes. So, you merge a few smaller cells into a bigger one only to realize that merged cells have made it difficult to perform the simplest tasks on your worksheet. How do you unmerge cells in Excel to get things back to normal? Continue reading

Working in Google Sheets: add, freeze, and remove rows

It's time to learn more about rows in Google Sheets. Learn how to insert new rows to your table – one or many at once; freeze lines in a spreadsheet in a few clicks; delete selected or only empty rows in your table. Some useful shortcuts and the add-on are there to ease your work. Continue reading

How to calculate days between dates in Excel

Are you wondering how many days are between two dates? Maybe, you need to know the number of days between today and some specific date in the past or future? Or, you just want to count working days between two dates? Whatever your task is, one of the below examples will certainly provide the solution. Continue reading

Filter by condition in Google Sheets and work with filters in shared documents

Filters make working with Google Sheets a lot easier even when you work within a shared document. Fine-tune filtering options and apply filters based on your own formulas. To share different filters with people, get to know Filter Views option. Continue reading

How to delete every other row or every Nth row in Excel

There are many situations when you may need to delete every other row in your worksheets. This short tutorial will teach you a couple of quick ways to remove alternate rows or every Nth row in Excel. Continue reading

Excel IFERROR with VLOOKUP - elegant way to trap errors

Excel VLOOKUP and IFERROR - these two functions may be pretty hard to understand separately, let alone when they are combined. In this article, you will find a few easy-to-follow examples that address common uses and clearly illustrate the formula logic. Continue reading

VLOOKUP with IF statement in Excel

Whilst VLOOKUP and IF functions are useful on their own, together they deliver even more valuable experiences. Today, we will be looking at a few simple examples that will show you how to Vlookup with If condition in Excel. Continue reading

How to select random sample in Excel

Whether you do market research for a new product launch or evaluating the results of your marketing campaign, it is important that you use an unbiased sample of data for your analysis. The easiest way to achieve this is to do random selection in Excel. Continue reading

Random sort in Excel: shuffle cells, rows and columns

Microsoft Excel provides a handful of different sorting options including ascending or descending order, by color or icon, and custom sort. However, it lacks one important feature - random sort. This tutorial will teach you a couple of easy ways to shuffle data in Excel. Continue reading

How to add and use filters in Google Sheets

When you analyze your tables in Google Sheets, very often you need only a limited amount of information, while the table may contain dozens of additional datasets. Here's your chance to learn how to filter your data in Google Sheets. Continue reading

Header and footer in Excel: how to insert, edit and remove

To make your worksheets look more stylish and professional, you can include a header or footer on each printed page of your document. Microsoft Excel provides a handful of predefined headers and footers to choose from, as well as allows creating your own ones. Continue reading

Google and Mozilla vs Symantec: Certificate Wars

Before publishing the upcoming updates of our products, I want to inform our users about possible issues they may encounter when installing the updates. But these issues are not consequences of our flaws. Continue reading

How to separate names in Excel: split first and last name into different columns

It is a very common situation in Excel that your worksheet contains a column of full names, and you want to split the first and last names into separate columns. The task can be accomplished in three different ways - by using the Text to Columns feature, formulas, and Split Names tool. Continue reading

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