If you’ve ever been disgruntled with your bank, you might enjoy Ben Orlin’s vision of how he would run a bank, on his Math With Bad Drawings blog. Instead of annual compounding, he’ll offer other options, such as:
- Compounded Madoff-ly: After years of dubiously high interest, it will come out that I’m just typing random numbers into the spreadsheet.
- Compounded sporadically: Your balance grows whenever I remember to update the spreadsheet.
Each option is illustrated with a bad drawing, like this one.
Here’s what I posted last week:
- Use a macro to link worksheet check boxes to specific cells, so you can track the responses.
- Then, assign a macro to each check box, so it enters the current date when checked.
- Change a pivot table layout to see which customers have not purchased your products.
- Finally, for a humorous peek at what other people are saying about Excel, read this week's collection of Excel tweets, on my Excel Theatre blog.
Other Excel Articles
Here are a few of the Excel articles that I read last week, that you might find useful:
- On the Digital Forensics Stream blog, Jason Hale shows how to find the last saved location of an Excel 2013 file.
- At the Daily Dose of Excel blog, Jeff Weir makes a case for investing in corporate Excel training, and you can add your opinion in the comments.
- Alex Roe, in the Italy Chronicles blog, wonders if Excel can save Italy, as one of their political leaders suggested.
- If you’re looking for an art project to keep you busy this winter, see what they created at Maison H & H – a wall hanging based on an Excel worksheet.
- Instead of creating a long concatenation formula, Chandoo shares a quick trick for combining the values in multiple cells.
- Dennis Wallentin recommends that every serious Excel developer should read the VBA Enumeration Database article that’s in the CodeProject newsletter.
- Winston Snyder couldn’t find a pivot table style that he liked, so he wrote a macro to format specific ranges in the table.
No matter how long you’ve been using Excel, there’s always something new to learn.
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What Did You Read?
If you read any other interesting Excel articles last week, that you’d like to share, please add a comment below.
Please include a brief description, and a link to the article.