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Find, modify and break links to an Excel workbook

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Learn how to find, modify and break links to an Excel workbook.

Linking is great, until you no longer need it. Then it can be a bit of a pain.

A couple of challenges may come your way if you weren’t the creator of the workbook that contains links. One challenge is identifying where the linked data is within your workbook and another is actually breaking the link. Continue Reading

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Freezing column and row labels in Excel

Sharyn Baines

Freezing column and row labels in Excel (a.k.a Freeze Panes) locks parts of your screen so that you don’t lose sight of the heading labels at the top of a column or beginning of a row when you scroll.

When working on large worksheets, labels used to identify data can be lost when you scroll in either direction, and then you find yourself wasting time scrolling backwards and forwards, up and down, just to check you are actually in the correct column and row. Continue Reading

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Don’t be fooled – protecting isn’t bullet-proof

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sharyn bainesWhen I’m asked to teach a class on how to restrict editing within a document, the first 5 minutes of my instruction is usually spent explaining that protecting isn’t bullet-proof.

Why do I do this?  Because I have met so many people who assume that restricting the editing of a document by adding a password is in fact securing it so that only the holder or holders of the password can access the file.  Not true!  Via the Internet you can easily access a multitude of work-arounds that coach you through how to easily access the content of a restricted file. Continue Reading

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Excel – Paste a link and Paste Special transpose your data

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Without a doubt ‘Paste Link’ is one of the best time-saving features in Excel.  Linking information from one cell to another saves you from having to update data in several places.

Another fabulous time-saving feature is ‘Paste Special Transpose’. This allows you to copy a horizontal range and paste it vertically, or vice versa. An absolute gem.

But have you ever tried to use the two together?  It isn’t easy at all.  In this post I want to share a wee work-around that will allow you to use the Paste Link and Paste Special Transpose features together. Continue Reading