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Create an Average Daily Balance Calculator in Excel

By Excel University | 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…

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

By Excel University | 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…

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How to Remove Leading Spaces in Excel

By Excel University | 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…

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How to Square a Number in Excel

By Excel University | 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…

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Four Ways to Select Every Other Row in Excel

By Excel University | January 3, 2023 |

Selecting every other row in Excel can be helpful. Aside from making it easy to get rid of duplicate rows, it can also be a great way to highlight important information, make the data easier to read with formatting, and more. However … if you’ve ever tried to select every other row in Excel, you…

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What’s #REF in Excel and How to Fix It

By Excel University | November 15, 2022 |

When a formula contains an invalid cell or range reference, the #REF! error is displayed. #REF! in Excel is short for reference, and you’ll usually see it pop up when cells that were referenced in formulas are deleted. They can be a nuisance, but they’re usually pretty simple to find and fix. Here’s how to…

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How to Clean Data in Excel – 8 Easy Ways

By Excel University | November 8, 2022 |

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How to Count Cells That Contain Specific Text

By Excel University | October 25, 2022 |

Have you ever wanted to see how many times a certain text string pops up in a set of data? While you can use Ctrl + F to find values, you may need a search feature that’s more discerning and responsive.  Luckily, there are several (much faster!) ways you can count cells that contain specific…

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How to Hide Formulas in Excel (And Protect Your Worksheets)

By Excel University | October 18, 2022 |

Let’s say you’ve been building a worksheet to share with your coworkers. When you share it, they’ll be able to see, edit, and change everything that’s in the workbook, including your formulas. It can sometimes be a little too easy to make those changes accidentally. That’s why it’s a good idea to lock and even…

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How to Merge Excel Files (Without Using VBA)

By Excel University | October 11, 2022 |

You might be surprised how much time is lost flipping between Excel workbooks trying to find information – especially if you have a lot to sort through. Learning how to merge Excel files will make finding information easier, faster, and more user-friendly (especially if you’re sharing workbooks). While you can use VBA to combine files,…

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