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Tip: Shade groups of rows with conditional formatting
In this video, we'll look at how to use conditional formatting to shade alternating groups of rows. For example, you can use this approach to shade groups of 3 rows, groups of 4 rows, and so on. This can be a nice way to make certain tables...
Tip: Shortcuts Recipe Remove Blank Rows
In this video, we'll look at a simple shortcut recipe for removing thousands of blank rows in a large set of data. Shortcut recipes are just a series of shortcuts you perform in a certain sequence to solve a specific problem...
Tip: 30+ Excel Shortcuts in 12 minutes
Shortcuts are a great way to save time and energy in Excel, but there are more than 200, so the list can seem overwhelming. In this rapid fire video, we demonstrate more than 30 popular Excel shortcuts you can use to save time every day in Excel. We...
Tip: Two-way lookup with INDEX and MATCH approximate
In this video, we'll look at how to build a two-way lookup with INDEX and MATCH, using approximate matching. This is a classic solution for non-exact lookups like income tax, shipping costs, material costs, etc. ...
Tip: How to use boolean logic in Excel formulas
In this video, we introduce the concepts of boolean values and boolean logic. Boolean logic can be a great way to simplify and speed up complex formulas, since it requires no branching.
Tip: Perfect conditional formatting with dummy formulas
Conditional formatting with formulas can be tricky because you can't see what happens to the formula when the rule is applied. Dummy formulas let you visualize how formulas will behave before you create a rule. This video shows you how to test...


Fiddles with new CONCAT & TEXTJOIN functions

I've been playing around with the TEXTJOIN and CONCAT functions this week. These are both new functions in Excel 2016, introduced in the Office 365 subscription service.

Both of these functions let you join (concatenate) text in different cells together. TEXTJOIN lets you join values with a delimiter of your choice, and has an option to ignore empty values. CONCAT simply mashes all values together without options.

Tip: Paste Special Shortcuts
Despite the boring name, Paste Special is actually a gateway into a hidden world of powerful features. This video shows how to access Paste Special features using keyboard shortcuts.
Tip: How to find missing values with COUNTIF
In this video, we use COUNTIF to compare lists and count values that belong to both lists. We also "flip" the formula to count values in one list that are missing on the other...
Tip: Don't hard code assumptions into your formulas
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to hard code assumptions into your formulas. Instead, if a value might change, put it in a cell and refer to it with a reference, as explained in this video.


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