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Unicode and diacritic characters

The primary role of Excel is analysis and visualization of data, which put less emphasis on the use of special text characters. Nonetheless, there will always be some need for special characters, both Unicode characters and diacritics in Excel. A diacritic in English is a glyph that modifies the sound of the character to which […]

Winning Designs

A contest judged by a group from and Microsoft focused on visualizing data in Excel with PowerPivot where the data came from the Azure cloud data service. The details are at I won one of the 2 prizes based on my three contest submissions ( This post summarizes the three entries. My plan […]

PowerPivot – Part 4 of 4: A geographic visual display of 18 million US Census records

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