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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 |

Man sitting at a desk with an open computer learning How to Clean Data in Excel

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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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Two Easy Ways to Combine Date and Time in Excel

By Excel University | October 4, 2022 |

Excel contains plenty of options that make it easy to format cell values exactly how you want them: as a number, date, currency, percentage, and so on. Often, an individual cell contains only one type of value. But, there are actually some really simple ways to combine date and time values in Excel into a…

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How to Make an Excel Dynamic Chart & Keep Updates Consistent

By Excel University | September 20, 2022 |

For the purposes of this discussion, an Excel dynamic chart is a chart that automatically updates itself whenever new data rows are added. The opposite is a static chart, which won’t incorporate any new data rows added to the existing range. To be clear, when Excel creates a chart based on a range of cells,…

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How to Perform a Frequency Distribution in Excel (no formulas)

By Excel University | September 13, 2022 |

Are you a school administrator who wants to see how student test scores are distributed, or maybe an accountant who needs to analyze trends in spending or accounts receivable? If so, creating a frequency distribution in Excel is one of the easiest ways to do it!  Essentially, frequency distributions come in handy whenever you need…

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How to Save Time Using the Microsoft Excel Fill Handle

By Excel University | August 30, 2022 |

Long lists of data can be time-consuming to enter in Excel. Here’s how to use the Excel fill handle to save yourself hours of work!

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