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Stack or Wrap Columns

By Jeff Lenning | July 8, 2020 |

I was asked how to prepare a table with 50 columns for printing. The specific request was to break each record in the data table into multiple printed rows with a blank row in between each record. Basically, we want the columns to wrap when printed. In this post, I’ll show how to define groups…

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Link to Sheets using Defined Names

By Jeff Lenning | June 23, 2020 |

Hyperlinks are a useful way to expedite navigation. If you have ever created a hyperlink to a worksheet, you may have noticed that your hyperlink can break if you change the worksheet name. This post demonstrates how to use defined names to avoid this type of error. Objective Let’s say we want to make it…

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Import PDF Data into Excel with Power Query

By Jeff Lenning | June 4, 2020 |

Historically we have been able to get PDF data into Excel using a standard copy/paste or some third-party tools. Now we have another option. We can use Power Query to retrieve values from PDF files. This post walks through the basics. Video Objective We have a PDF file, perhaps it looks like this:   We…

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List of Worksheets in a Drop Down

By Jeff Lenning | May 27, 2020 |

In this post, I’ll answer a question I received from Sara about how to create a drop down with each worksheet name and reference it in a formula to retrieve values from the selected sheet. As this is Excel, there are a variety of alternatives to accomplish this. In this post, I’ll demonstrate one such…

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Excel and Budgeting

By Jeff Lenning | May 19, 2020 |

I recently wrote an article for the Minnesota Society of CPAs about a technique that helps you create budgets faster. Even if you don’t prepare budgets, the underlying features and functions used can be applied elsewhere. In summary, we use a data validation drop-down to provide several Budget Methods. Once you select a budget method…

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Split Amount into Monthly Columns

By Jeff Lenning | May 12, 2020 |

Let’s say you need to take an amount and split it evenly into monthly columns. For example, perhaps you need to recognize revenue over time. Or, perhaps you have spent some money and you need to allocate the expense over time. There are other illustrations, but the basic idea is that you have a total…

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Retrieve First Occurrence After a Date

By Jeff Lenning | January 1, 2020 |

In this post, we’ll discuss one approach for retrieving the first occurrence (or min date) after a specified date. Let me back up. Michael asked for a way to find the first occurrence of an office visit (a date) after the date of being discharged from the hospital (and within 30 days). As this is…

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Insert Repeating Items into a List

By Jeff Lenning | December 4, 2019 |

This post will demonstrate how to insert the same few items into a list and create a new row for each item (or each combination, if multiple items).  For example, let’s say we have a list of some sort … we’ll use a list of T-Shirts for this illustration. We have a few T-Shirt options…

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Flash Fill Times

By Jeff Lenning | November 26, 2019 |

Flash Fill is a marvelous feature that is designed to fill values down based on an example in an adjacent column. That is, you have a column of values and then you enter an example of a derived value in an adjacent column. Flash Fill attempts to recognize the pattern from your example and then…

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VLOOKUP Return Multiple Matching Rows and Columns

By Jeff Lenning | November 13, 2019 |

In this post, we’ll discuss a way to simulate using VLOOKUP to return multiple matching rows and/or columns. What do you mean by “simulate” Jeff? Well, VLOOKUP is designed to return a single value, not multiple values. That is, VLOOKUP scans down the lookup range and stops at the first matching row … ignoring any…

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