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
In this post I want to share with you how to update an existing presentation with your company template.
I recently ran a PowerPoint course for a Sales Team. One of the biggest challenges they had was updating their existing presentations (which were large and extremely comprehensive) to the new company template. Their organisation had recently re-branded and they had been asked to ensure ALL presentations to clients were using the new template.
Before I arrived it had been a cutting and pasting frenzy. Apparently it had been taking forever and had caused a few people to become very stressed.
Within a few minutes I had them laughing at how easy it was. Read more
If you are familiar with working in centimetres, not inches, it can be a tad frustrating if Word is displaying measurement settings in inches.
For example, if I wanted to set my Hanging Indents to 1.25cm I know for a fact I would be lost if my measurement settings were only being displayed in inches. Read more
One of the many things I absolutely love about my job is that I get to work with so many different people from all kinds of organisations.
However, it doesn’t matter what industry or region I’m working in the challenges of working with large lists of data are pretty much the same.
Something I see often is the need to be able to quickly locate and remove duplicate rows of data (excellent for VLookups). Most people just sort the data and then manually skim through the excessive lines of information trying to weed out the annoying duplicates. This works, but boy-oh-boy it can be a time waster. Wouldn’t it be easier to have Excel quickly display the duplicates for you? Then all you need to do is deal with them. Read more
PROBLEM: when I use “Format as Table” to format a range the “Merge and Center” button becomes inactive and I can no longer merge cells. Why?
SOLUTION: the Table format will stop the merging of cells. However there is a work-around.
The Format as Table command can be used to quickly apply a professional format to a selected range. However, in applying the format you are also applying the functionality that Tables offer. As a result you will no longer be able to merge cells. Read more
PROBLEM: when typing a figure into a cell in Excel the figure is displayed as a date?
SOLUTION: quickly change the format of the cell back to a format that displays numbers, not dates. Read more
PROBLEM: wasting time mucking around with column widths and font sizes so that Excel worksheet data will print on one page.
SOLUTION: within seconds ensure Excel worksheets always fit to the width and height of a printed page.
PROBLEM: Spending too much time formatting tables/lists of data in Excel.
SOLUTION: Make data lists look fantastic in just a few clicks using the Tables feature.
PROBLEM: Wasting time removing unwanted spaces in Excel data.
SOLUTION: Get to know the Trim function and save yourself time (and headaches).
PROBLEM: Wasting time when applying multiple formats to text and
SOLUTION: Save formatting time using Quick Styles in Word.