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Use Get & Transform to Reconcile Two Lists

By Jeff Lenning | February 2, 2017 |

In this post, we’ll use a Get & Transform query to help with our reconciliation. The idea for this post came from a question from Laura (thanks Laura!) The basic idea is that we have two worksheets. One contains the invoice totals and the other contains line item details, where there are many line items per…

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23 Excel Tips

By Jeff Lenning | January 19, 2017 |

My Excel friend John Michaloudis put together an excellent podcast a few weeks ago, where he interviewed 23 Excel experts and asked them to give their favorite Excel tip. The tips include shortcuts, functions, features, and design principles. It is a terrific collection of ideas to help as you head into 2017. If you’d like…

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Excel Dates and Times Article

By Jeff Lenning | January 5, 2017 |

Have you ever tried to do some type of calculation with a time value in Excel, only to receive a strange result? Two examples are adding up hours on a time sheet and multiplying the number of hours worked by a pay rate. If you’ve tried something like this and encountered an unexpected result, the…

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Volume 4 Available!

By Jeff Lenning | December 18, 2016 |

Alright…Excel University Volume 4 is available! Well, this volume has taken two years to create, but, I believe the time spent was well worth it. It is, without a doubt, my favorite volume in the Excel University series. We mainly focus on internal-use workpapers, and how to get them done the fast way! I think…

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Excel time zones by Jeff Lenning

Add and Subtract Hours

By Jeff Lenning | December 1, 2016 |

I was recently working on a workbook, and had to convert an event time from one time zone to another. Basically, I wanted to enter the time of day into a cell, and then I needed a formula to compute the event time in a different time zone. This post walks through the formula to…

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Data Validation with ALL CAPS

By Jeff Lenning | November 10, 2016 |

In recent back-to-back webinars, two different attendees asked how to check to see if a user entered a text string with all caps. Specifically, they asked how to set up a data validation rule to determine if all letters are capitalized. So, I figured I would write a quick post about the technique. Objective Let’s just take a moment…

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Daily Bank Balance with a PivotTable

By Jeff Lenning | October 20, 2016 |

When you download banking activity, you typically get the transactions, but not the daily bank balance. To compute the daily bank balance, you need to summarize the transactions by day and display a running total for all days, even those without any activity. This post demonstrates how to build such a report using a PivotTable. Overview…

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Three Excel University Announcements

By Jeff Lenning | October 13, 2016 |

I have three exciting Excel University announcements! They are about QBConnect, Top 10 CPE Courses, and Volume 4. First up, QBConnect! QBConnect I’ll be presenting an Excel session at the QBConnect conference in San Jose, and if you are going, I’d love to see you there! The title of the session is Excel: The Power…

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Get & Transform Article

By Jeff Lenning | September 8, 2016 |

If you haven’t played with the Get & Transform commands in Excel 2016 for Windows, they’re probably worth checking out. I don’t want to sound overly dramatic here, but this set of capabilities is a game changer. These tools provide new ways to approach tasks, and enable us to do things that were previously time-consuming, impractical or required macros. If you’d like to…

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Combine binaries by Jeff Lenning

Get & Transform: An Alternative to Copy Paste Append

By Jeff Lenning | September 1, 2016 |

Let’s say you have several data tables, and you need to combine them into a single table. One option would be to copy and paste to append them. But, depending on how many data tables there are, this type of manual process can be tedious. In this post, we’ll use a Get & Transform query…

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