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Tip: Use a throwaway chart to sanity check data
In most cases, you'll want to take time to build clean, uncluttered charts that are easy to read. However, a quick, messy chart is a great way to "sanity check" unfamiliar...
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Tip: How to use data labels in a chart
Excel charts have a flexible system to display values called "data labels". Data labels are a classic example a "simple" Excel feature with a huge range of options just...
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Tip: Dynamic min and max with data labels
The data labels in Excel charts are flexible and powerful. While you can easily use them to display values from source data, you can also display values from other cells. The video below...
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Tip: How to build a column chart
The video below shows how to make a basic column chart in Excel, and how you can use custom number formats with data labels to quickly streamline a chart. If you're not sure which...
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Tip: How to chart generations with floating bars
In this video, we show how to plot American generations in a floating horizontal bar chart. This seems like a simple problem, but it requires a formula, clever formatting, and a special...
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Latest Blog

Every day, thousands of questions about Excel are posted on the internet. Many of these questions go unanswered because they are unclear. This article contains some tips on how to write a question that people will quickly understand and answer if they can.
One problem that comes up a lot in Excel is counting or summing based on multiple OR conditions. For example, perhaps you need to analyze data and count orders in Seattle or Denver, for items that are Red, Blue, or Green? This can be surprisingly tricky, so naturally it makes a good challenge!

We have a simple list of 4-digit alphanumeric codes like A001, A002, A003, etc. What formula can we use to mark codes are "out of sequence" with previous entries? This problem includes two separate challenges.

In this formula challenge, we have data showing cups of coffee sold at a small kiosk for a week. What formula will look up and sum total cups sold after 12:00 PM on Tuesday and Thursday? Relevant cells are shaded in green.

28 ways to save time with Excel formulas
Working with formulas takes time, and too often a problem that seems simple ends up taking far too long. In this article, I share tips that will save you time when working with formulas in Excel.

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