If you were familiar with Pivot tables in Excel versions prior to Excel 2007 you will be very used to working with the blue lines of the Pivot Table and the ability to drag and drop data right on to the Pivot Table.
In Excel 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 Pivot Tables are now quite different. The blue lines are gone, along with the wonderful drag-and-drop feature. Read more
I have been asked twice in one week how to write Excel formulas to calculate GST at the rate of 15%.
You can find information on how to calculate the rate on the NZ Inland Revenue website. I’ve taken this a step further and put together a tutorial on how to put these calculations into Excel formulas. Read more
Years ago the Training and Development manager of a large organisation invited me to spend some time in their Accounts department in order to observe how the Accounts team dealt with their day-to-day tasks. My job was to report on any process that could be improved using Microsoft® Excel.
I’ll always remember asking one of the team (a “just-out-of-school” new recruit) what he was working on after I’d observed him sitting with a red biro and a ruler, diligently drawing red lines on 2 separate sheets of paper. It turned out he was trying to reconcile a customer’s account. Read more
If you’re planning to move to Office 365, here are some things to consider that’ll help you prepare your business for life in the cloud. Read more
Upgrading to Windows 10 doesn’t have to be scary. In fact I have definitely found a lot of positives and only one mild negative after making the leap. Read more
There may be times when you have created a single worksheet, or an entire workbook containing data, where you do not want other users to be able to change.
By protecting a selection of cells, the entire worksheet or workbook you can feel confident you have minimised the risk of this happening. Read more
There are times when you want to return a match for a VLOOKUP based on two values, not one. For example, we may have customers who have multiple branches. Each branch is recorded under the same customer number. So how do we look up info for a specific branch if all of the branches are using the same customer number?
Displaying date values in a Pivot Table can produce unexpected results.
For example, in the Pivot Table below I have added a Date field to the Column area of my Pivot Table. Unfortunately every date in the underlying data table is different, therefore resulting in a column for every day and a very large Pivot Table. Read more
I think most of us will agree that error values can be helpful, and sometimes extremely unhelpful. For example, the #N/A error (Value Not Available error) is very helpful when cross-referencing two lists using the VLOOKUP function. If Excel can’t find a lookup value the #N/A error makes it very obvious.
However if you are wanting to total a range that includes #N/A errors all of a sudden they aren’t so special any more. Read more