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Quickly Visualizing Patterns with Excel’s Data Bars

Quickly Visualizing Patterns with Excel’s Data Bars

Data bars are miniature within-cell bar charts. I primarily use them to quickly explore patterns in my dataset. Sometimes I decide to make an actual bar chart of the data later on. Other times, I’m simply using these tiny charts to help my brain spot…

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Letting Spreadsheets Do the Heavy Lifting: Number Formatting Tips

Letting Spreadsheets Do the Heavy Lifting: Number Formatting Tips

I bet you’ve got better things to do than fiddle with your spreadsheet for hours on end. And why rely on Excel’s default settings when you can easily format your spreadsheet to fit your exact preferences? There are numerous formatting adjustments you can make to…

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How to Make a Heat Table in Excel

How to Make a Heat Table in Excel

Just because I adore graphs doesn’t mean that I shun data tables. I insert the occasional table inside the body of my report, and each report’s appendices are full of tables, tables, and more tables. When creating traditional tables, I follow the Dark Horse Analytics guide….

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=vlookup(): One Excel function to rule them all

=vlookup(): One Excel function to rule them all

I’m celebrating 100,000 YouTube views with an article on my favorite spreadsheet function: vlookup! Vlookup is for merging and combining datasets, like when you’ve got program participants’ demographic data in one place and their scores or outcomes in another place. I can’t tell you how many…

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Pivot Tables: Your Tool for Exposing Miscreant Data

Pivot Tables: Your Tool for Exposing Miscreant Data

Thank you, Ann Emery and thanks especially to the visitors of AnnKEmery.com. It meant a lot to be asked to do a guest blogpost because Ann’s approach is practical, focused on real-world experience, and her dedication to empowerment of others is a key theme at my own…

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