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Create Calculated Columns without Writing Formulas

By Jeff Lenning | September 14, 2020 |

Historically, we have created calculated columns by writing formulas. In this post, we’ll see that in some cases, clicking a few buttons in Power Query can be a nice alternative. Objective Before we get into the mechanics, let’s confirm our objective. Let’s say we have a table full of transactions, like this: We would like…

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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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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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Speed Loop 3: Realize Gain

By Jeff Lenning | April 14, 2020 |

This is the third and final post in the Speed Loop series. In the first post, we identified and prepared our recurring-project workbooks for speed. In the second post, we increased their value by improving efficiency and accuracy. Now it is time to leverage our time savings. The final step is: Realize Gain. Before we…

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Speed Loop 1: Invest Time

By Jeff Lenning | March 30, 2020 |

To work fast in Excel, you need two things: process and skills. Having one without the other means you may not be maximizing efficiency. By process, I mean the overall framework, strategy, or approach you use to optimize your workbooks. By skills, I mean Excel skills like XLOOKUP, SUMIFS, PivotTables, and Power Query. Both process…

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Fuzzy Match with Power Query

By Jeff Lenning | July 19, 2019 |

A few years ago, I wrote a post about how to perform fuzzy lookups using the “Fuzzy Lookup Add-In for Excel.” However, this capability is now available in Power Query!! Wait, what? Yes! Performing a fuzzy match is so much easier and far more intuitive in Power Query. This post walks through the basics ……

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Create Dependent Drop-Downs with Spill Ranges

By Jeff Lenning | February 12, 2019 |

A while ago, I wrote about creating dependent (aka cascading, dynamic, or conditional) drop-downs using data validation. This is where you have a primary drop-down, and the choices in the related secondary drop-down depend on the selection made in the first drop-down. Well, this process became MUCH easier with the introduction of dynamic array functions…

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Power Query Calendar

By Jeff Lenning | February 6, 2019 |

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post on how to create a graphical calendar using a PivotTable. I received a few questions about how to insert event names into the calendar. Generally, PivotTable value fields support numeric values (such as day 1, 2, 3), and not text values (such as Filing Deadline or…

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Tips from 17 Excel Experts

By Jeff Lenning | January 22, 2019 |

My Excel-friend John Michaloudis has compiled a podcast with tips from 17 Excel experts and MVPs. He does this annually, and this year he has put together a great collection of tips. This year, you’ll hear tips from: Bill Jelen John Michaloudis Mynda Treacy Jeff Lenning Jon Acampora Danielle Stein Fairhurst Ken Puls Kyle Pew…

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Dynamic Chart Title with Slicers

By Jeff Lenning | November 7, 2018 |

Here’s the situation. We have created a PivotTable and related PivotChart, and, since we are nice, we have also provided a Slicer so that the user can easily make selections. But, we’d like the report titles to dynamically update based on the selections made. As with anything in Excel, there are multiple ways to accomplish…

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