Excel Roundup 20140714
Are you using Power Pivot or any of the other Power BI tools in Excel 2013? If you’re not sure where to start, there is a new series on the Power BI blog, that will help you dive into the new BI and visualization features.
The series outline is here, and it will have links to all the articles, as they are added to the blog. The first article is Getting Started with Power Query – Part 1, and it features the 15-minute video shown below. You’ll need Excel 2013, and the article has a link to download the Power Query add-in.
Here’s what I posted recently:
- Automatically add new items to a drop down list -- the macro asks if you want to add the new item, then sorts the list in alphabetical order
- Hide zero items in a pivot table, and allow multiple filters per field
- Enter a number in the input box, and that amount is added to each cell in the selected range, with this macro. I use this to add a week, to a group of date cells.
- I sent out an update for my PivotPower Premium add-in last week. If you missed the email, or didn’t open it before the deadline, please let me know and I’ll send you a new link. You can read about the new features on my Pivot Table blog.
- Finally, for a humorous peek at what other people are saying about spreadsheets, read the latest collection of Excel tweets, on my Excel Theatre blog.
Other Excel Articles
Here are a few of the Excel articles that I read recently, that you might find useful:
- Do you agree with these 10 common spreadsheet mistakes? I'm not even sure what some of them mean!
- Dick Kusleika finished his 5-part series on converting Numbers to Words in Excel VBA.
- On Microsoft’s MSDN Blog, Eric Ligman shared a list of free ebooks, including Excel shortcuts and quick start guide.
- Chandoo announced the winners of his state migration dashboard contest. He said the winner, Roberto Mensa, was Messi, but apparently that's a compliment. ;-)
- The FrankensTeam has created another interesting chart in Excel, and you can download the sample file. It’s based on a vintage chart that shows occupational distribution.
- Scott Lyerly shows how to use VBA And ADO To Change Data to SharePoint Lists.
- Bill Jelen wrote a macro to copy the Status Bar statistics to the clipboard. Then, select a blank range and press Ctrl+V to paste the stats to the worksheet.
Here are some upcoming events, courses, recently published books, and other new items, related to Excel.
- Mynda Treacy’s Excel Dashboard course is open for registration, and I highly recommend this online course, which has excellent content, and great student support from Mynda. Save 20% if you sign up by July 24th. Registration closes on July 31st.
BONUS: If you sign up for the course through this link, you can have a copy of any one of my Contextures Products. When you sign up, type DebraD in the Referral Code box (below the Buy Now button), and email me your receipt number.
- Charles Williams has released a new version his add-in, FastExcel V3, and you’ll get 50% off the bundle price, if you use Coupon Code FXLV3Intro Warning: The 50% Discount ends soon -- July 31 2014. Don’t miss the deadline!
- Jon Peltier’s new Advanced Charting Utility for Mac Excel was just released (the Windows version is also available)
|Excel Tables: A Complete Guide (pdf version)by Zack Barresse and Kevin Jones”The book begins by explaining what tables are, how to create them, and how they can be used in reporting before moving on to slightly more advanced topics, including slicers and filtering, working with VBA macros, and using tables in the Excel web app. Novice Excel users and experts alike will find relevant, useful, and authoritative information in this one-of-a-kind resource. “|
Share Your Events and Articles
If you read or wrote any other interesting Excel articles recently, or have upcoming Excel events, please share a link in the comments below, with a brief description. Thanks!
Links to Recent Excel Books on Amazon.com