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# Excel University

## Random Sort in Excel

| May 23, 2023 |

Despite the many ways you can shuffle rows, columns, and cells, there’s no built-in option to random sort in Excel. That can be useful for randomly assigning tasks or responsibilities, selecting samples, and much more. Instead, you can write a formula that allows you to randomly sort any data you select. Video How to Random…

## Create a Simple Dot Plot in Excel

| May 16, 2023 |

Dot plots contain a series of dots, with each dot representing a single data point. They’re straightforward, easy-to-read charts that help you see trends and find any potential outliers in your samples. Creating a dot plot in Excel can be done in only a few steps which makes them a popular choice for displaying data!…

## Hide Rows in Excel Based on Cell Value (Without VBA)

| February 28, 2023 |

Being able to hide rows based on cell value in Excel is a handy skill for anyone who needs to organize a large spreadsheet. Imagine you have a huge list of data, but only some of the rows are relevant to you at the moment. When you hide rows based on cell value, you can…

## Round to the Nearest 5 in Excel Using 3 Different Functions

| February 14, 2023 |

Whether you’re working with something like test scores, tracking expenses, or any other type of data, being able to round numbers to the nearest 5 in Excel is a handy skill. This is helpful when you need to round to the nearest multiple (like 5) instead of simply to the nearest whole number.  Here are…

## How to Create a Simple Basis Points Calculator in Excel

| February 7, 2023 |

Microsoft Excel is fantastic since it simplifies the process of creating and managing a portfolio (especially an investment portfolio). Basis Points can be referenced in stock trading, indexing, and interest rates when expressing percentage changes. Having a handy calculator makes them much easier to determine. Building a Basis Points calculator in Excel is probably easier…

## Create an Average Daily Balance Calculator in Excel

| January 31, 2023 |

Whether you’re tracking your personal or business finances, an average daily balance calculator in Excel can help you get a better understanding of your loan payments, and it can also be useful for creating payment projections. The average daily balance method is commonly used to calculate finance charges for credit card balances, as well as…

## How to Find Merged Cells in Excel (& What You Can Do Instead)

| January 24, 2023 |

You’ve probably come across situations where Excel didn’t allow you to make certain changes to your data because some of the cells you selected were merged. But, it can be tough to find merged cells in Excel because they often look so similar to others.  Working with large datasets makes it even more difficult as…

## How to Remove Leading Spaces in Excel

| January 17, 2023 |

Any work you do in Excel is built around data. The cleaner the data is, the easier worksheets are to read and maintain – and correct formatting plays a big role. Being able to remove leading spaces in Excel helps make your data look clean and keeps your formulas operating as expected. Extra leading spaces…

## How to Square a Number in Excel

| January 10, 2023 |

Squaring numbers are helpful in all different kinds of calculations, but it can be a tedious task if you have a lot of data. However, Excel’s tools and functions make it pretty simple! There are four easy ways to square a number in Excel: two that utilize functions and two that don’t.  Here’s how to…