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Dynamic Arrays 2

By Jeff Lenning | August 17, 2020 |

This is the second post in the Dynamic Arrays series. In the first post, we talked about how formulas can return multiple values, the resulting spill range, and two dynamic array functions. In this post, we’ll talk about how to refer to the spill range with other formulas. Video Spill Range The spill range includes…

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Dynamic Arrays Article

By Jeff Lenning | May 5, 2020 |

Microsoft has been hard at work updating Excel’s calculation engine. Depending on the version of Excel you’re using, you either have—or will have when you update—access to some capabilities that are sure to change how you think about and use Excel. I wrote about one of the new capabilities called Dynamic Arrays for California CPA…

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Battle of Heavyweights: Final Analysis

By Jeff Lenning | November 5, 2019 |

In this, our final analysis, we will briefly recap each of the 8 rounds and confirm we understand the key differences between these two incredible functions. Then, we’ll confirm we know when and how to apply each in practice. Let’s get to it. Winner? So, which function is better? Which one should we always use?…

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Battle of Heavyweights: Round 8

By Jeff Lenning | October 22, 2019 |

The purpose of this round is to examine the ability of each function to perform a range lookup. A range lookup is where we aren’t looking for an exact matching value, but a value that falls between a range of values. So let’s get to it. Round 8  Each sales reps earns a bonus…

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Battle of Heavyweights: Round 7

By Jeff Lenning | October 16, 2019 |

The purpose of this round is to examine the issue of multiple lookup columns. Often, we have a single unique ID that we can use as the lookup value. When that is true, great. But, what happens when we need to use multiple columns for our lookup value? That is exactly what this round is…

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Battle of Heavyweights: Round 6

By Jeff Lenning | October 9, 2019 |

Welcome to Round 6! In this round, we’ll discover how both functions behave when we insert a new worksheet column. In other words, does inserting a new worksheet column break the formula? Or, will it keep working? Let’s find out … the round begins now. Round 6  We would like to retrieve some information…

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Battle of Heavyweights: Round 5

By Jeff Lenning | October 2, 2019 |

Round 5 begins now! In this post, the goal is to understand the results of each function when no matching rows are found. That is, when the lookup value is not found in the data table. Do the functions return an error? The closest match? 0? Well, that is why we are here, so let’s…

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Battle of Heavyweights: Round 4

By Jeff Lenning | September 25, 2019 |

Welcome to round 4. In this round, we want to explore the issue of return values. Specifically, the data types that our two heavyweights can return. Can they return text values? Numbers? So, that’s the idea … let’s jump right in. Round 4 … ding! Round 4  We have some account numbers, but we…

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Battle of Heavyweights: Round 3

By Jeff Lenning | September 10, 2019 |

Welcome to Round 3. In this round, we want to explore the idea of column order. That is, we want to find out if the order of the lookup table columns matter to these functions. Let’s find out! Round 3 … begins now! Round 3  We are trying to build a little report, and…

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Battle of Heavyweights: Round 2

By Jeff Lenning | August 19, 2019 |

Round 2 begins! In this round, the goal is to understand what happens when values that are supposed to match are stored as different data types. Different data types? Cells can store many kinds of data, including numbers, text, dates, times, and so on. The format you apply to a cell doesn’t impact the data…

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