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Four Ways to Select Every Other Row in Excel

By Excel University | January 3, 2023 |

Selecting every other row in Excel can be helpful. Aside from making it easy to get rid of duplicate rows, it can also be a great way to highlight important information, make the data easier to read with formatting, and more. However … if you’ve ever tried to select every other row in Excel, you…

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How to Make an Excel Dynamic Chart & Keep Updates Consistent

By Excel University | September 20, 2022 |

For the purposes of this discussion, an Excel dynamic chart is a chart that automatically updates itself whenever new data rows are added. The opposite is a static chart, which won’t incorporate any new data rows added to the existing range. To be clear, when Excel creates a chart based on a range of cells,…

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Top 8 Excel Tips and Tricks to Save You Time

By Excel University | April 5, 2022 |

These top 8 Excel tips and tricks will free up tons of time and allow you to get more work done even faster.

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List of Workbook Tables and References

By Jeff Lenning | December 8, 2020 |

John asked if there was a way to create a list of all table names in the workbook, along with the underlying table reference. In this post, I’ll demonstrate how this can be accomplished with Power Query and an Excel formula. Objective Before we get into the mechanics, let’s confirm our goal here. We have…

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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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Stop Wasting Time 4

By Jeff Lenning | May 6, 2019 |

In this post, we are going to use the data model to improve our reporting process. This is the fourth post in the Stop Wasting Time series, and this is where everything we’ve learned comes together. By the time we have finished this post, updating our report will be extremely easy. In fact, it will…

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Stop Wasting Time 3

By Jeff Lenning | April 30, 2019 |

We are in the middle of a series called Stop Wasting Time, where we are learning about Excel features that help us improve how we update a report. In the beginning of our journey, we were updating the report manually. Now, as we’ve learned more, we’ve been able to automate parts of it. That is,…

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Stop Wasting Time 2

By Jeff Lenning | April 9, 2019 |

This is the second post in the Stop Wasting Time series. In this post, we learn how Power Query can help us update our report in less time. After all, why would we want to spend more time than necessary updating it? That is called “wasting time” and we just don’t like wasting such a…

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Stop Wasting Time 1

By Jeff Lenning | April 3, 2019 |

This is the first post in a series that shows how to transform a monthly report from being updated manually to automatically. Along the way, we’ll see how classic Excel features like tables and SUMIFS can help somewhat, and then how modern Excel features like Power Query and the data model can help even more.…

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Use Power Query to Create a Drop-Down List without Duplicates

By Jeff Lenning | June 8, 2016 |

In this post, we’ll create a drop-down that contains a unique list of choices derived from a column that contains duplicate values. This may sound familiar as we previously accomplished this with a PivotTable. However, the Power Query feature that’s built-in to Excel 2016 makes this process easier. Objective We have a data table that contains RepID,…

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