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Excel – print formulas/comments

This is a very basic function in Excel – sometimes  you may need printed documentation of both of these items – the comments can be used as a reference as what needs to be done.  Having formulas printed out can be a method of seeing how a complex formula was created – these printouts can be used as reference in future tasks (we cannot remember everything!).

This will work with any version of Excel up to 2016/365!

Excel – working with tables

Tables have their uses in Excel where data can be instantly formatted. You can also filter (query) the data set to find data that meets specific conditions.  They are useful if you need to do some quick calculations – they can also be attractively presented.

Photoshop – improve photo with HDR

Using HDR to adjust (equalize) the contrast so you get more detail in a photo.  You can also add adjustment layers at the end to tweak the image.  Done with Photoshop CS6, the techniques work with earlier and newer versions.

If the file has layers, make a duplicate as HDR will flatten the image.  This brief video demonstrates methods to tweak and improve your photo.  You can also create some very interesting effects with the photo.

Excel – getting 0’s to appear at beginning of the cell

Very often competent Excel users get frustrated when they cannot get a 0 at the beginning of a cell or when they type in month and year (i.e. September 2017), it appears as 9/1/17.  Naming worksheets and copying them is also reviewed.   This 4 minute video covers all these topics.

Link data between Excel and Word or PowerPoint

If you are doing a presentation – either PowerPoint or Word – and are obtaining data from a spreadsheet, you can literally link the data so that changes in the spreadsheet will appear in the document.

You use paste link feature which is in PPT and Word – on the home tab, click on the drop down arrow under paste, choose paste special, select link on the radio button that appears.  Future edits in Excel will appear in the other document – if it does not appear, right click in the image and select Update Link.  Video below demonstrates this.

Adding rounded values in Excel

Sometimes you want to add up the rounded values in Excel, for example

1.7 = 2
1.2 = 1
3.9 = 4
3.4 = 3
5.2 = 5
6.4 = 6
4.3 = 4

26.1   25 are the actual totals, you want 25 to appear.  This video shows you to do this task.  


Using Arrays in Excel formulas

In the example shown here, you will learn how to use either an absolute reference in calculating an insurance premium for a list of items.  Or, you can use an array formula – both have their advantages.