Excel tips & how-to, page 23

How to disable Animation in Excel 2013

At first sight, Excel 2013 seems to have a more modern and stylish interface with animated movement of the selection box, smooth zooming and fluid switching between menus and worksheets, it looks cool! But if you have a slow computer you might find the animation annoying because all it will do for you is slow down the working process in the program. I've surfed different support forums and blogs to share all the discovered solutions with you. Continue reading

How to freeze header rows in Excel

With new Excel capacity to hold a million rows and numerous columns with numbers, it is easy to lose the connection between the value and its meaning on line 26935. This is one of the reasons Excel keeps the commonsense "Freeze" feature for you. It allows you to keep track of the data you are looking at without having to scroll back and forth to see the column or row labels. Continue reading

How to avoid automatic data formatting in Excel

Excel is a helpful program when you have standard tasks and standard data. Once you want to go your non-standard-Excel way, some frustration is involved. Especially when we have large data sets. I came across one of such formatting issues when I dealt with our customers' tasks in Excel. Continue reading

Enter multiple lines in a single Excel cell

When you have a lot of text in your Excel cells it can be a good idea to show it on more than one line. But how? Every time you enter text into a cell it longs to be on one line however long it is. Here is how you can insert more than one line into one cell on your worksheet... Continue reading

Bring classic toolbar back to Office 2010, 2007

If you use Microsoft Office 2007/2010 and you are still not used to the new interface, or the Ribbon is the only reason that stops you from upgrading, here are several suggestions how to integrate the old and the new and get familiar command bars in Office 2007-2010... Continue reading

Look up with Lookups in Excel

When you need to find information in a table of data, the lookup functions in Excel can help you do it. While there was a lookup wizard in earlier versions of Microsoft Excel that made the process of creating a lookup quite easy, this is no longer available in Excel 2010. Now, when you need a lookup formula you'll have to create it manually. Read this post to harness the power of lookups for your Excel worksheets... Continue reading

Get rid of "The file is corrupt and cannot be opened" in Excel 2010

Usually when upgrading you expect nothing but improvements. So it can be really disappointing when after moving to Excel 2010 you have no chance to access your xls. file. You understand what I’m talking about if you ever encountered the "The file is corrupt and cannot be opened" error in Excel 2010. Still think it can’t open? Actually it can! Continue reading

How to Consolidate Data in Excel

There are many ways to consolidate data in Microsoft Excel. You can use the Table feature and its associated filters, you can create PivotTables, or you can consolidate large amounts of data into a summary form. In this post I'll show you how to use the Consolidate data feature in Excel to take data from a series of worksheets – or workbooks – and summarize them into a single worksheet. Continue reading

Creating and using Custom Lists in Excel

If you have to work with a spreadsheet that will always have the same list of information, or maybe you just don't want to use copy/paste every time, it would be most beneficial to have a pre-set list stored so that Excel can help you with what you are trying to do. Having a Custom List is the way to go and I'm going to show you how you can create a custom list in Excel. Continue reading