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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 down [...]

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 [...]

2017-03-08T03:53:54+00:00 Power BI|

Master INDEX MATCH in 60 seconds

INDEX MATCH is great but GETMATCH would be better I'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, so I've added a new formula suggestion to the Excel [...]

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 Aug 2017** 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 [...]

2017-08-08T12:26:11+00:00 Power BI|

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+00:00 VBA – 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 [...]

2017-03-08T03:53:54+00:00 Formatting, 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 [...]

The Great 48 Excel Toolbar

The Great 48 Excel Toolbar We love Excel and it can do some pretty amazing stuff. But sometimes there are a lot of unnecessary steps and clicks which are quite annoying, especially when you’re using Excel all day long! So we developed this Excel toolbar for ourselves and now we're sharing it with [...]