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Dynamic Date Report Header For The Period Ending

By Jeff Lenning | March 27, 2014 |

As a general rule, it is a good idea to delegate as many tasks to Excel as possible. Report headers are no exception, especially for recurring-use workbooks. This post explores the functions needed to create a dynamic report header, such as “For the Period Ending December 31, 2015.” Overview Let’s assume we use the same…

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Remove Extra Spaces from Lookup Values with TRIM

By Jeff Lenning | February 27, 2014 |

This post discusses one way to enable our lookup functions, such as VLOOKUP, to work even when the lookup values contain extra spaces. We’ll use the TRIM function to dynamically remove padding from the lookup values. Overview We’ll use a specific example to demonstrate this function. Let’s say we’ve exported a partial income statement from…

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Pull Budget Values into an Income Statement

By Jeff Lenning | February 13, 2014 |

In this post, we explore a way to pull budget values into an income statement exported from QuickBooks, and demonstrate how to handle the fact that the extract uses new columns to indent. Overview When the budget and actual data reside in the same application, creating a variance report is easy. However, when the actual…

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Create Dependent Drop-down Lists with Conditional Data Validation

By Jeff Lenning | February 7, 2014 |

This post explores macro-free methods for using Excel’s data validation feature to create an in-cell drop-down that displays choices depending on the value selected in a previous in-cell drop-down. Overview As with just about anything in Excel, there are several ways to achieve the goal. This post explores three such solutions, and if you have a…

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VLOOKUP on Two or More Criteria Columns

By Jeff Lenning | January 10, 2014 |

If you have ever tried to use a VLOOKUP function with two or more criteria columns, you’ve quickly discovered that it just wasn’t built for that purpose. Fortunately, there is another function that may work as an alternative to VLOOKUP depending on what you want to return. Video Multi-Column Lookup Objective First, let’s confirm our…

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Find the Last Occurrence of a Delimiter to Retrieve the Lowest Sub Account from Quickbooks in Excel

By Jeff Lenning | December 19, 2013 |

In this post, we’ll explore a formula-based approach that does not use VBA to find the last occurrence of a delimiter and use it to retrieve the lowest sub account from a Quickbooks account list in Excel. When I was doing some research for a project I had a couple of years ago, I was…

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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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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 Flatten, Repeat, and Fill Labels Down in Excel

By Jeff Lenning | July 25, 2013 | Comments Off on How to Flatten, Repeat, and Fill Labels Down in Excel

In this post, we’ll cover a handy technique for manually filling data labels down through an Excel range. This can also be referred to as repeating the labels, or, as flattening the data. Let’s get into it. Note: An alternative would be to use a Get & Transform query, as discussed in this post. Flattening…

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Outline Groups

By Jeff Lenning | June 27, 2013 |

Let me ask you a question.  How do you hide a row or a column? Since this is Excel we are talking about, there are several methods to accomplish this goal. Common Approaches One common approach is to select the row or column, and then select the Hide command, either from the Format Ribbon icon…

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