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How and why to use XLOOKUP It's here! In May 2016 I raised a UserVoice request to create a simpler and safer version of VLOOKUP and INDEX MATCH. The idea received a lot of votes and gradually momentum built until it was significant enough to really interest the Excel Team. Joe McDaid, Senior Program Manager [...]

Power Query (Get & Transform) – Video Introduction Part 2

Power Query (Get & Transform) - Part 2 In part 1 I demonstrated how Power Query can quickly consolidate all of the files in a folder and bring that data into Excel. In this 6 minute video I follow on from that introduction and add an extra transformation step to get the dates I need. Once [...]

Power Query (Get & Transform) – Video Introduction Part 1

Power Query (Get & Transform) Part 1 Power Query is amazing at linking to data sources and cleansing / transforming that data as it's loaded into Excel (or Power BI Desktop). Watch this 4 minute video and see how you can consolidate all of the files from a folder instantly using Power Query. Build the transformation steps [...]

Excel Dependent Drop Downs

  Dependent Drop Down Box How to do one of those trickier tasks in Excel: set up a drop down box that is dependent on the result of another drop down box. The scenario If coffee is selected from drop down A then I want a list of coffee types to appear in drop [...]

Easy Cumulative totals in Tables

Easy Cumulative totals in Tables The single greatest advancement in Excel in the last 10 years was the introduction of Tables.  Yet although Tables were introduced in Excel 2007 there is still a huge number (I'd even say the majority) of Excel users that don't know how to create tables or understand what they do. This [...]

Custom Visuals – Power BI – 2 of the best

One of the great things about Power BI visualisations is the fact that they are open source and clever generous folk are developing fantastic tools for free that can help us all deliver a more enjoyable experience to the end users. Custom Visuals Gallery Two of my current favourites are both by OKVIZ and are [...]

2018-04-05T11:16:36+08:00Power BI|

Master INDEX MATCH in 60 seconds

Great news! XLOOKUP is going to replace INDEX MATCH eventually but in the meantime….. We've written a number of articles in the past around how INDEX MATCH is a technically better option compared to VLOOKUP. However, it is a trickier formula and therefore not as widely used. In May 2016 Wyn, added a new [...]

Power Query Parameters – How to use Named Cells as Flexible Inputs

Power Query is the best thing to happen to Excel since Tables were introduced in Excel 2007 **Updated May 2018** When developing Power Query solutions for others to use, or when needing parameters that can be changed easily (e.g. source file or date) you can store these variables in named cells and reference them [...]

2018-05-15T13:00:18+08:00Power BI, Power Query|

VBA & DropBox causing Excel to crash on close

Excel Warning Box By Wyn Hopkins In a nutshell: Save yourself a lot of wasted time and turn off DropBox badges.... If you ever experience a VBA Password box appearing after you close Excel and then the dreaded "Microsoft Excel has stopped working" message then there may be a simple solution...... After much debugging [...]

2017-03-08T03:53:54+08:00VBA – Macros|

See Celsius in your cells (try saying that quickly 3 times!)

I recently was asked if there's a way of adding the Celsius symbol to a value in Excel. The answer is yes, and the method can be applied to all sorts of useful symbols / notation.  e.g. bullet points, m2, km/hr, bbl, currency symbols etc. This is how.... Pick a blank cell then go to [...]

2019-02-05T11:58:40+08:00Formatting, Functions|

Combine multiple tables with Excel Power Query

How to combine multiple tables with Excel Power Query If you have multiple tables of data in a file and you want to view a single report based on these tables then it can be time consuming and risky to manually copy and paste them into a single table before creating pivot [...]

Stop merging cells!

Stop merging cells! One Microsoft Excel Insider has been quoted as saying that 53% of Excel Users merge cells. There is a standard tool on the toolbar called “Merge and Center”, it “merges” two or more cells into one and then centers the text horizontally within the merged cell. This can cause a number of [...]