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Draw a circle in an Excel chart

By default, Excel has a limited number of charts. That does not mean that those are the only charts one can create. It turns out that with a little imagination and creativity, we can format and configure the default charts so that the effect is like many other kinds of charts. One of the more […]

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 […]

Highlight row and column of active cell

By default, when the user selects a cell, Excel highlights the row and column by changing the color of the associated row and column headers. This tip shares multiple ways to highlight the row and column in more obvious ways as well as a way to highlight the cell in a specific column in the […]

Introducing TM Retro Slicer

Those who have used a slicer in Excel 2010 slicer may want to see that capability in earlier versions of Excel. I like what Microsoft did with slicers in 2010 and have wanted to extend that capability backwards. For those who haven’t used a slicer, it is a filter on a particular pivot field shown […]

Geocoding with Excel and VBA

Before one can position an address (a street address or a town itself) on a map, it must be converted to geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude). Then, that latitude and longitude is mapped to a particular location on the map. Figure 1 shows several thousand U.S. cities and towns on a Mercator projection map. Well, […]

Cardinal (i.e., real) numbers and a log scale for a Column chart x-axis

The x-axis of a Column chart can contains either category values (the x values are equidistant) or dates. Neither of these allows for a truly numeric x axis. This tip shows how to simulate a column chart that has cardinal numbers on the x axis (cardinal numbers contain a sense of ‘distance’ – e.g., 97 […]

Banding rows in an Excel Table

For a version in a page by itself (i.e., not in a scrollable iframe as below) visit http://www.tushar-mehta.com/publish_train/xl_vba_cases/0120-1%20banded%20rows.shtml Tushar Mehta

Introducing TM Retro Slicer beta 1

Those who have used an Excel 2010 slicer may have wanted to see that capability in earlier versions of Excel. I like what Microsoft did with slicers in 2010 and wanted to extend that capability backwards. For those who haven’t used a slicer, it is a filter on a particular pivot field shown as an […]

Introducing TM Tornado

Tornado diagrams graphically display the result of single-factor sensitivity analysis. This lets one evaluate the risk associated with the uncertainty in each of the variables that affect the outcome. Single-factor analysis means that we measure the effect on the outcome of each factor, one at a time, while holding the others at their nominal (or […]

Visualize Data with Shapes on a Map

For a version in a page by itself (i.e., not in a scrollable iframe as below) visit http://www.tushar-mehta.com/publish_train/xl_vba_cases/13-03%20Shapes%20on%20a%20Map.shtml Tushar Mehta