You can add a drop down list in a worksheet cell, so people can select from a list of valid entries. The font in that list is pretty small though, even if the worksheet is at 100% zoom. And good luck trying to read it, if you go to a lower zoom setting! My eyes aren’t that good, so I use a pop-up combo box, in some workbooks, to make the list easier to use.
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Setting up a pivot table is a bit like news reporting – you can give a quick summary of the Who, What, When, Where and How (Much) of your data. After you’ve been using pivot tables for a while, it’s easy to create a new report, and drop the fields into the right locations. But, if you’re just starting out, it’s not clear what to put where. I’ve put together a short guide on how to plan a pivot table.
Thanks to Anne Walsh for suggesting today’s topic! Anne has led Excel classes for many years, and she knows that
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A couple of things happened this week that reminded me of the good old days of spreadsheets. There are some good memories, but I really don’t want to go back to those days. How about you?
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When you double-click on a pivot table value cell, Excel creates a new sheet, with a list of all the records that make up that total value. The double-click runs Excel’s Pivot Table Show Details command – it’s a helpful troubleshooting feature, but can add clutter to a workbook, because of all the sheets that it creates.
To help you keep things tidy, I created a sample file with macros that label the Show Details sheets when you create them. Then, when the workbook closes, another macro will check for those sheets, and asks if you’d like to delete them.
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Before you can build a flexible pivot table, you might need to rearrange the data. For example, if the data has a separate column for each month’s sales, that won’t work well in a pivot table. You need to “unpivot” your data first. Here’s what that means, and 2 quick ways to unpivot Excel data.
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Did you get hit by the disappearing Excel add-in affliction recently? After a long couple of weeks, that frustrating Excel problem is finally solved. After spending countless hours on that issue (details below), I was happy to get back to more productive work, updating my website and sample files. I hope the rest of the summer goes smoothly!
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If you have an Excel workbook with lots of tables and pivot tables, it can be hard to remember what they’re named, or what source data they're using. To help you keep track of them, AlexJ is sharing the User Defined Function (UDF) that he uses to help manage his files. With AlexJ's code in your file, just add a formula, click on a cell, and show Excel table name, or pivot table name, on the sheet.
The code is shown below, and there is also a link for downloading a sample file with the code installed in it. You
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Last month, I showed you my code that hides worksheets, based on the text in their names. Someone asked we could hide sheets based on tab color instead, so that’s how today’s example works.
Just select a sheet type from the drop down list, and any sheets with matching tab color are visible. All other sheets are hidden, except the Menu. Then, select "(All)" to see all the sheets again. Watch the video, and get the details, below.
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I’ve worked with “garbage” data many times in Excel. You know what I mean – data that is so messy it takes you hours (or days) to clean it up. This week though, I did a different type of garbage tracking -- an Excel waste collection schedule.
Maybe I went a little overboard, but you’ve probably done that too, right? Anyway, here’s how I spent way too much time on an Excel project, but had fun doing it. Don’t judge! What weird Excel projects have you done?
And speaking of schedules, it's summer now, here in Canada, so I'll be
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In a workbook with lots of worksheets, you can have a hard time finding the sheets that you need, to do a specific task. Instead of scrolling through all the sheet tabs, or using the popup list of worksheets, use a drop down list to show specific sheets in Excel. Also, all other sheets are hidden, and you’ll be able to focus on what you need to do, and ignore everything else.
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