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Jeff Lenning

Dynamic Arrays

By Jeff Lenning | June 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Dynamic Arrays

Each new version of Excel includes a variety of minor updates that are nice, but not earth shattering. They can be helpful, but don’t necessarily have a big impact on our workbooks. Indeed, if you ignore them, you can continue using Excel just like before and you’ll probably be just fine. However, we occasionally receive…

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Using Excel to budget faster, easier

By Jeff Lenning | May 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Using Excel to budget faster, easier

Microsoft Excel is always moving forward, which means you need to, as well. In this article, I’ll discuss an Excel technique that can be used to make budgeting faster and easier ⁠— a prize for anyone willing to learn it. The overall idea is to create several budget methods and allow the user to pick…

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Welcome X Functions – XLOOKUP

By Jeff Lenning | February 11, 2020 | Comments Off on Welcome X Functions – XLOOKUP

VLOOKUP is perhaps the most iconic function in Excel and users have come to adore it. When you search for a list of top Excel functions, VLOOKUP is there. And has been … for decades. As great as VLOOKUP is, it has limitations. For example, column order matters. It was designed to look for a…

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Make Quick Work with 10 Excel Skills

By Jeff Lenning | September 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Make Quick Work with 10 Excel Skills

Excel is big … really big. It has hundreds of functions and features, but which of these have the most potential to save time and help us work faster? The answer depends on what you’re working on. For common accounting and finance tasks, I believe the following 10 Excel skills can help improve the efficiency…

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Get Current and Historical Stock Prices into Excel

By Jeff Lenning | July 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Get Current and Historical Stock Prices into Excel

Microsoft recently updated the built-in tools for retrieving stock quotes into Excel. If you’re typing closing prices into Excel manually, this article may be able to help you get it done faster. Specifically, we’ll talk about how the Stock data type retrieves current quotes and related information, and how Power Query can retrieve historical stock…

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Power and Pivot

By Jeff Lenning | January 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Power and Pivot

You’ve heard the terms “Power BI,” “Power Query” and “Power Pivot,” but maybe aren’t sure what they are. Good news! They are free tools from Microsoft and this column will talk you through them. And, while we’re at it, we’ll also talk about Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts. Let’s zoom out for a moment for…

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Data Model Walkthrough

By Jeff Lenning | July 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Data Model Walkthrough

Have you heard people talking about Power Pivot and the data model, but you aren’t exactly sure what they are or how to use them? Well, in this article, we’ll use them to build a basic PivotTable. Before we jump into Excel, here’s some super-fast background. Although Excel is used for many different things, workbooks…

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Pivot to the Next Level

By Jeff Lenning | May 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Pivot to the Next Level

I’m assuming you love PivotTables. I mean, who doesn’t, right? Well, traditional PivotTables are amazing, but they’re not without limits. Instead of using a traditional table as the PivotTable source, you can take your PivotTables to the next level when you use Power Pivot instead. Check it out. Before we get too far, let’s clear…

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Beyond Numbers

By Jeff Lenning | October 4, 2017 | Comments Off on Beyond Numbers

Often when we use Excel, we think of its ability to operate on numbers. But, Excel is also good at operating on other data types, such as dates and text strings. When we limit our use of formulas to numbers only, we miss out on many opportunities for efficiency. In this article, I’ll talk about…

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Skipping Excel

By Jeff Lenning | July 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Skipping Excel

How to Take a Process from 30 to 0 Minutes Excel is used for all sorts of things, including budgeting, reporting, reconciling bank statements and more. Sometimes, it’s used as a bridge between two applications … that is, to export, clean and import data between two different systems. As an example, maybe you export transactions…

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