Contextures Black Friday Sale 2014

Happy Black Friday! If you celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, I hope you enjoyed time with your friends and family, and are ready to do some shopping today.

To celebrate Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year in the USA, you can buy my popular ebook kit – Excel UserForms for Data Entry – at 50% off today. So, instead of the regular price of $30 US, you can get the kit for only $15 US. The price will be reduced automatically – you don't need to enter a coupon code.

The special price ends tonight (Nov. 28, 2014) at

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Convert Currency With Different Separators

change currency separators

Happy Thanksgiving, if you're celebrating today. Tomorrow is Black Friday – the biggest shopping day of the year, in the USA. Up here in Canada, we celebrate the day too, so I'll put one of my Excel products on sale for the day. Remember to check this blog tomorrow, to get the coupon code.

If you're doing your shopping around the world, you might end up with a worksheet filled with amounts in a different currency. For example,

In the USA, a comma is the Thousands separator, and a period is the Decimal separator -- 987,654.32 In Germany, a period

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Excel Roundup 20141124

Weekly Excel Roundup

In a short video, Sara Silverstein shows 6 keyboard shortcuts for formatting numbers in Excel. Do you use any of these?

You can see the shortcuts in the video below, or on the Business Inside website.

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Ignore Blank Cells When Pasting

Ignore blank cells when pasting

Last week, I was working on a client's file, and we wanted to get any new information from an update file, and paste it into the current record.

Both files were set up with the same columns, but the update file only had a few of the fields filled in. We could have used a macro to loop through the fields, grab any new information, and paste it to the current record. However, that would be a slow way to update the records, especially in a large file.

Fortunately, there is a built-in feature in Excel, that will copy a

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Excel Roundup 20141117

Weekly Excel Roundup

In this Garage Series episode, Power BI and Excel go to Spain, to expose data patterns in past matches between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

"By combining historical El Clásico and player data, outside forces like temperature, humidity and moon phases, Jeremy tries to predict the outcomes and puts these predictions to the test among fans in Barcelona."

They didn't use "good hair" as one of the factors, but they predict 2-1 for Madrid, in the Oct. 25th match. (The final score was 3-1 for Madrid.)

You can watch the video below, or on YouTube: Power BI takes on El

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Excel Roundup 20141110

Weekly Excel Roundup

One Excel annoyance is that after you select a group of cells, you can't unselect one of them. For example, you might want to format specific cells, or create a named range, and you accidentally include a cell that shouldn't be in the group. You can't click on that cell to unselect it – you have to start over, and select more carefully the next time.

To solve that problem, Doug Glancy has created a free tool that you can download -- SelecTracker.

Next, we need a version that lets you unselect one cell within an large area. For example,

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Excel Numbers Do Not Sort or Add Correctly

Remove hidden characters in Excel

Last week, I heard from someone who was having a problem sorting some numbers in Excel. He sent me a small sample file that showed a few of the dates and numbers that just wouldn't sort correctly.

My first guess was that the data had been copied from a website – that can cause some strange behaviour, when you paste it into Excel. A quick check with the COUNT and COUNTA functions showed that none of the values in cells C3:C6 were real numbers – they were text.

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Excel Roundup 20141103

Excel Roundup 20141103

Rick Grantham explains what a Monte Carlo Simulation is, and shows how to run one in Excel.

You can download the sample file from his blog, and watch the video below, to see the steps.

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New Workbook Based On Old One

xtremepivot table giveaway

It's almost Halloween, and perhaps you're familiar with the horror story that I'm about to tell you. (And there is a treat at the end of the tale too.)

One day, not too long ago, Dr. Frankexcel needed to create new workbook. Instead of building the new workbook from scratch, Dr. F had a brilliant plan – open an old workbook, and use it as the base for the new file. Just open the old file, then quickly do a Save As, to create the new file, without damaging the existing one.

What could possibly go wrong? Bwaahhhaahhaa!

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Excel Roundup 20141027

If you'd like Microsoft to make Power Pivot available in all the Office 2013 and Office 365 packages, please sign the Friends of Power Pivot petition.

And if you're lucky enough to have the Power BI tools, Kasper de Jonge outlines how to get started with Power Pivot (Part 1). Watch the short video below, to see the steps.

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