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Excel Conditional Formatting Based on Another Cell

By Jeff Lenning | December 12, 2013 |

When you want to format a cell based on the value of a different cell, for example to format a report row based on a single column’s value, you can use the conditional formatting feature to create a formatting formula. This post explores the details of formatting a cell or range based on the value…

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Free Kindle Version of Excel University Volume 2

By Jeff Lenning | November 27, 2013 |

Just wanted to let you know that Friday November 29, 2013, Amazon will be making the Kindle version of Excel University Volume 2 available for free! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FX8X1LE  Pssst….pass it on!

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Excel Balance Sheet

Create a Balance Sheet with Excel

By Jeff Lenning | November 21, 2013 |

Excel Balance Sheet This post illustrates how to create a financial statement such as a balance sheet with built-in Excel features and functions. Our primary objective is to build a workbook that efficiently pulls values from the trial balance into the balance sheet. Overview For the purpose of this post, let’s assume we have a…

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Online Excel Lessons

By Jeff Lenning | November 7, 2013 |

I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Excel University Chapter Evaluation Courses, which are online Excel lessons that cover a single chapter and topic and can be used to evaluate our online Excel training. These mini-classes typically take about 30 minutes to complete, and contain a lecture video, homework activities, the practice Excel…

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Quickly Insert the SUM Function

By Jeff Lenning | October 31, 2013 |

Let’s face it, Excel users probably insert the SUM function more often than any other function. As you know, we can improve our productivity by keeping our hands on our keyboards. This post discusses my favorite keyboard shortcut for inserting the SUM function. Keyboard Shortcut The SUM function is easily inserted into a workbook with…

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Excel University Volume 2 Course

By Jeff Lenning | October 24, 2013 |

It is with great excitement we announce the immediate availability of Excel University On-Demand, the online Excel training course that teaches the content of Excel University Volume 2 through videos, homework activities, quizzes, forums, and blogs, in a fun, self-paced and social way. Overview Excel University Volume 2 continues exploring the Excel features, functions and…

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Excel University Volume 2 Now Available!

By Jeff Lenning | October 7, 2013 |

I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of Excel University Volume 2. The next installment in the series covers a task common to accounting and finance professionals: reporting. Since there are many different types of reports in Excel, let’s dig into the details a bit. This book focuses on how to build hands-free formula-based…

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Excel Formula to Allocate an Amount into Monthly Columns

By Jeff Lenning | September 26, 2013 |

If you have ever needed to allocate an amount over time, and split the amount into monthly columns based on the number of days, you’ll quickly realize that this simple idea is tricky to actually implement. As with anything in Excel, there are many ways to accomplish this task, and this post walks through one…

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How to Return a Value Left of VLOOKUP’s Lookup Column

By Jeff Lenning | August 29, 2013 |

If you have ever tried to return a value that physically lies to the left of the lookup column, you quickly realize that this task is difficult to accomplish with the VLOOKUP function.  This is a perfect time to move beyond the VLOOKUP function and explore the INDEX and MATCH functions. Note: depending on your…

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FlashFill is an Alternative to CONCATENATE and Text-to-Columns

By Jeff Lenning | August 15, 2013 |

Have you ever split one column in to many columns, or vice versa, combined many columns into a single column?  If so, you have likely relied on the text-to-columns feature to split a single column into many and the CONCATENATE function to join many columns into a single column.  Beginning with Excel 2013, Microsoft provides…

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