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20 very popular Excel shortcuts

We asked users how important Excel shortcuts are to them and also about their favorite shortcuts. This is what we learned...

How to disable Scroll Lock in Excel

Your report is due in an hour. You're working along in Excel, when suddenly you notice that you can no longer move around properly. Is it, perhaps, the evil Scroll Lock?

Top 10 reasons to learn Excel formulas

If you've ever wondered whether learning Excel formulas is worth your time, this list is for you. Formulas are the glue that hold spreadsheets together all over the world, and your skill with them can help you in many ways.

23 things you should know about VLOOKUP

Although VLOOKUP is a pretty simple function, there is plenty that can go wrong. Quickly learn more than 20 things you should know about VLOOKUP to make your experience pleasant and profitable.

Danger: beware VLOOKUP defaults

By default, VLOOKUP will match in approximate mode, which can be disastrous. Learn how to avoid this problem by always setting the match mode yourself.

Formula puzzle - how long was the truck stopped?

In this formula puzzle, we look at truck location GPS data, and ask: what formula will calculate the hours that each truck was stopped during the day?

Test conditional formatting with dummy formulas

If you've ever tried to apply conditional formatting with a formula, you know the hardest part is making sure the formula actually works. Here's an easy way to test the formula, before you use it in a rule.

5 formulas to highlight dates by month and year

How do you figure out what formula to use? A teardown of 5 good formulas you can use to highlight dates based on a common month and year value using conditional formatting.

Highlight dates in the same month and year

Excel has a built-in conditional formatting rule that will highlight dates that occur "this month". But what if you want to highlight dates in the same month and year for any date?

Cool things you can do with conditional formatting

In this article, we look at some cool ways that you can use Excel's conditional formatting feature to quickly visualize important data.

5 pivot tables you probably haven't seen before

In this article, we take a short tour of some "unconventional" pivot tables you probably haven't seen before. These are interesting pivot tables that are summarizing something *other* than sales data.

Can pivot tables save your job?

This article is for those of you who don't get pivot tables. Maybe you tried pivot tables once, and didn't see what the big deal was, or maybe you got frustrated when a pivot table wouldn't behave. They can be that way.

Pivot Table Tips

Many Excel experts believe that pivot tables are the single most powerful tool in Excel. Quickly learn more than 20 things you should know about Excel Pivot Tables.

The value of improving a skill (a simple model)

In this article, we take a look at a simple model that calculates the time that could be saved by doing a task or activity with more skill. The goal is to visualize whether it makes sense to invest in getting better at a skill.

The 54 Excel shortcuts you really should know

A list and description of just over 50 important Excel shortcuts you should know if you spend a lot of time in Excel. This is a summarized version of the more than 200 shortcuts that are available in Excel for both Windows and Mac platforms.

Collapse the ribbon when you don't need it

Does it ever bother you that the ribbon sits up there at the top of the workbook, smugly hogging a bunch of space while you toil away in your (smaller) worksheet below?

How to group a pivot table by age range

In this article, we look at how to use a pivot table to group voting data by age. This is a good example of the "group by number" feature that all pivot tables share.