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Excel – Using VLOOKUP to compare two lists

sharyn bainesIf you want to save yourself a huge amount of time when reconciling data, learn how to use VLOOKUP to compare two lists or columns of data.

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. Read more

Excel – How do I move the negative sign in front of the number?

Anyone that regularly imports data into Excel will be familiar with the process of “data cleaning”. This is where you need to remove spaces and irrelevant data in order to get the data fit for use in Excel.

I recently had an excellent question regarding working with data imported into Excel where negative numbers are imported with the negative sign to the right of the number, e.g. 500-. These numbers are commonly referred to as “mirrored negatives”. Read more