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Create a Dynamic Month List for Reports or KPIs

By Jeff Lenning | January 30, 2024 |

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a dynamic list of months in Excel using various functions including TAKE, EOMONTH, and SEQUENCE. This list can be used for reporting or pulling key performance indicators (KPIs) with lookup functions such as XLOOKUP. If you create the same basic report each month, and would like…

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Dynamic Amortization Schedule with SCAN

By Jeff Lenning | January 23, 2024 |

In this tutorial, we’ll create a fully dynamic amortization schedule based on the number of months entered. For example, if you enter 12 months, the amortization schedule will span 12 rows. If you enter 360 months, the amortization schedule will span 360 rows. The technique demonstrated in this tutorial uses the following functions: SCAN, SEQUENCE,…

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Identify the Smallest Values in an Excel List

By Jeff Lenning | October 31, 2023 |

The goal of this tutorial is to provide step-by-step instructions on how to use various methods to extract or identify the smallest values in a list. We will cover three exercises that include the SMALL function, the SEQUENCE function, and conditional formatting. Video Walkthrough Let’s take each of these methods one at a time. We’ll…

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What is a dynamic array formula in Excel

By Jeff Lenning | October 10, 2023 |

In this tutorial, we will learn about dynamic array formulas in Excel, which allow us to write a single formula that returns multiple results and spills them into adjacent cells. We will cover various exercises, exploring array creation, dynamic array functions, and combining functions for powerful data manipulation. By the end, you’ll have a solid…

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Top 5 Excel Calendar Tutorials & Free Templates

By Excel University | June 28, 2022 |

Do you use Excel to keep track of your to-do lists, upcoming events, deadlines, etc.? Since spreadsheets are so customizable, many Excel users rely on the software to create unique calendars tailored to their needs. It’s one of the most popular uses for Excel and great practice for users of all skill levels. If you’re…

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Excel Formulas Tutorial: What are Formulas and How to Use Them

By Excel University | April 19, 2022 |

Formulas are what make Excel, Excel. They’re how we perform both simple and complex calculations, and the possibilities are nearly endless as far as what they can do. Today, we’re going back to the basics with an overview of what formulas are and how to use them, as well as sharing our Excel formulas tutorial…

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Excel Month List

By Jeff Lenning | November 2, 2021 |

In this post, we’ll create a list of months with a single Excel formula. To make it more interesting, we’ll allow the user to enter the desired number of months to display and create additional formulas to show the last day of each month, the number of days in the each month, the month number,…

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Excel Calendar with One Formula

By Jeff Lenning | October 20, 2021 |

In this post, we’ll see how to create an Excel calendar with a single formula. Specifically, we will write a formula that displays the days of any month in a graphical calendar format. Our graphical calendar displays the days of the specified month in 7 columns (Sunday through Saturday) and includes a row for each…

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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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Charting a Spill Range

By Jeff Lenning | March 19, 2019 |

The past several posts have illustrated various ways to apply dynamic array formulas and their spill ranges. Kent asked if we could use spill ranges to create a dynamic chart to visualize the future value of an investment portfolio. For example, start with someone’s current portfolio value and then apply an assumed growth rate and…

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