Sat 24 Jun 2017

Excel Quiz 53

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Excel Quiz 53 - A Quiz on Data Tab in Excel

This quiz checks your knowledge about Data tab in Excel.

Sat 16 Apr 2016

Article 38 - 10 Features I would like to see in Excel

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Like all of you, I am dependent upon day to day work in Excel. Excel is a software which is like ocean, unlimited in bounds. It has almost all features but it doesn't have few which everybody cherishes. All of us want something or the other. Below is a list of features which I would like Excel to have.

1. Making Volatile Functions Non-volatile on the basis of a Parameter

We all like TODAY(), NOW(), RAND() and RANDBETWEEN() (there are other volatile functions also). They are very useful but suffer a fatal flaw, if something gets recalculated, they always get recalculated also. Hence, if I am using TODAY() to derive today's day and if I open the sheet tomorrow, TODAY() will change tomorrow's date. I wish that all volatile functions should carry a parameter so that they should not recalculated when the sheet is recalculated. For example, we should have something like TODAY(N), NOW(N),RAND(N) and RANDBETWEEN(N) where N

Sat 23 Jan 2016

Tips & Tricks 127 - Change Default File Extension for Saving

By |Saturday, January 23rd, 2016|Categories: Tips and Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We know that when we save an Excel file, it gets saved as .xlsx file.


But sometimes, few users may need to change the default file extension to something else. You can change it in

File > Options > Save


Sat 10 Oct 2015

Article 27 - Remove Leading Apostrophe

By |Saturday, October 10th, 2015|Categories: Articles, VBA|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

Leading apostrophe is one of the widely used features of Excel. This is mostly used to make a cell treat its content as a character. It can also come through import of .csv files from various third party systems or data entries can be made with leading apostrophes. If you enter a number of more than 15 significant digits, Excel will immediately convert this to scientific notation. But there are business situations where you deal with numbers larger than 15 digits like credit card numbers which may be 16 digits. Now if you input credit card numbers as numeric, you will not be able to capture all 16 digits, so a solution is to enter them with leading apostrophe. It forces the cell to treat the entry as character and in character format you can show these 16 digits.(You can enter 32,767 characters in a cell though only 1024 characters will be displayed)


Sat 27 Jun 2015

Tips & Tricks 97 – Force Text to Columns Wizard to Appear for CSV Files

By |Saturday, June 27th, 2015|Categories: Tips and Tricks|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

You have a csv file and
1. You double click it, the file will be opened directly in Excel.
2. You opened the file from File > Open but still the file opens directly in Excel.

The solution is to change the extension of file from csv to txt. Hence, if you are having a file name myfile.csv, change is to myfile.txt. Now, you should open the file from File > Open method and Text to Columns Wizard pops up.