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Shortcuts for Formatting Peoples’ Names in Your Spreadsheets

Shortcuts for Formatting Peoples’ Names in Your Spreadsheets

Have a spreadsheet full of employee contact information? Demographic data for people in your community? A list of classmates attending that upcoming reunion? Most of our spreadsheets contain peoples’ names at some point in the project lifecycle. Here are a few shortcuts for dealing with text…

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The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Spreadsheets

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Spreadsheets

If you use spreadsheets on a daily basis, this post isn’t for you. Within the past year I’ve led 61 trainings (and counting!) about both data analysis/statistics and data visualization. In each session, there’s one person who’s enthusiastically eager to learn but has almost zero experience…

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How to Format Months, Days, and Years in Excel

How to Format Months, Days, and Years in Excel

Does your file include any dates? If so, check out these simple formatting tips so that your dates are displayed in the style you want. Selecting Your Preferred Date Format If your spreadsheet contains dates, you can select either the Short Date or Long Date…

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How to Quickly Visualize Patterns with Excel’s Data Bars

How to Quickly Visualize 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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Let Spreadsheets Do the Heavy Lifting: Number Formatting Tips

Let 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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