Excel Protect Ranges with Different Passwords

Did you know you can set different passwords to protect specific ranges of your Excel worksheets? It’s called Allow Users to Edit Ranges and you’ll find it on the Review tab in the Changes group: Let’s say you have several different users of a workbook and you want to restrict each user’s editing rights to […]

Excel Paste Special Operations

Copying and Pasting are two of the most common tasks you’ll perform in Excel. This is especially true for me and I can tell because the shortcut keys (CTRL+C for copy and CTRL+V for paste) on the new keyboard I got just last week are already showing signs of wear. Most of the time I […]

Sorting in Excel PivotTables

My second Excel love is PivotTables (VLOOKUP is still my number 1). PivotTables make short work of summarising data and if you change your mind like the wind you can easily satisfy those whims with little more than a drag and a drop, unlike formulas which often require a lot more cajoling. Once you have […]

Conditional Formatting PivotTables

Using Conditional Formatting in PivotTables has its ups and downs. Unfortunately I find them mostly ‘downs’ but let’s not dwell on the negative as the few ‘ups’ might still make it worthwhile depending on your needs. The Upside When you apply Conditional Formatting to the Values area of your PivotTable the formatting will automatically expand/contract […]

Excel Custom Number Formats

One of the most useful features in Excel are custom number formats yet they remain largely underused. In my Excel TV interview this week I shared a tip (at 52min) which uses Custom Number formats inside the TEXT function, and coincidently Jordan Goldmeier (of Excel blog; Option Explicit VBA) also used Custom Number formats in […]

Excel Designed Minecraft Cake

Each year our sons choose a cake they want me to make for their birthday. Now, I am no baker and their cake of choice is usually something elaborate they find on the internet, and from there I talk them down to something I think I can manage. Last weekend our eldest son, Conor, turned […]

Who Needs Word When Excel Has Got Fill Justify Text

They say the true Excel fan has uninstalled Word from their PC, and removed the F1 key from their keyboard (accidently pressing F1 opens ‘Help’ which slows you down). After all, who needs Word when you have everything you need to write a letter right there in Excel? A must know tool for us Excel […]

Curse You Excel Cursor

The Scenario You need to change the range referenced by your chart/conditional formatting/named range so you merrily open the Edit dialog box, like the one below for a chart, and start using your arrow keys to move the cursor into position, except all of a sudden the range referenced starts changing before your eyes. What’s […]