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Analyze ‘free’ money

Recently, I received yet another promotion from yet another company offering me money at zero percent interest with the predictable asterisk next to the zero percent. Instead of just shredding the offer I decided to create a downloadable Excel template to analyze the offer, which was an interest-free 18 month loan for a 4% transaction […]

The Excel FORMULATEXT function

With Excel 2013, Microsoft introduced several new functions, one of which is worth a separate mention. FORMULATEXT displays as text the formula in a cell. For a version in a page by itself (i.e., not in a scrollable iframe as below) visit Tushar Mehta

Excel Advanced Filter

Excel supports two different ways to filter data that are in tabular format. Autofilter is a built-in capability driven via the user interface. As sophisticated as Autofilter has become in recent versions of Excel, no pre-defined setup can possibly cater to all the different questions that the consumer may want answered. These require a custom […]

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 […]

Freeze Panes and Split Panes

When working with a worksheet that contains a large number of rows and/or a large number of columns with row and column headers, it is very helpful to always view the headers no matter where one scrolls through the document. An example is shown below. The table lists the year-by-year carbon dioxide emissions by country […]

Create a header cell with text separated by a diagonal line

In creating a table header that explains what the row and column values represent, a common approach is to use a cell with text separated by a diagonal line. This, first for me, video tutorial explains how. For those who prefer a text explanation: Format the cell “border” to add a diagonal from the left-top […]

Align Primary and Secondary axes

There are instances when there are data series plotted on both the primary and secondary axes. For example, suppose we want to plot the two series A and B in Figure 1, with the elements in column B as the x-axis values. The A series will be a column cart on the primary axis and […]

Extract the last token in a cell

There are times when one wants to extract the last part of a string, say the file name from a string that contains the filename including the path. This short note describes a few ways to do that. The example we will use is the following. Cell A1 contains the value c:\x\yz.jpg. What we want […]

Two Dimensional (i.e., Two Variable) Lookup

There have been several requests in various forums to look up data in a two dimensional (2D) table. This documents a couple of the more typical requests. The first requirement is to find the entry at the intersection of a particular value of the first column and the first row. For example, look up the […]

Ordinal Numbers Suffixes

Starting with Excel 2007, it is possible to specify the number format as part of conditional formatting. This note shows how to leverage that capability to add the appropriate suffix to an ordinal number (e.g., 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.) For a version in a page by itself (i.e., not in a scrollable iframe as […]