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Excel Makeover - Company Softball Team

Amber MacArthur, Bill Jelen, Leo LaPorte, Andy Walker on the set of Call for Help on TechTV Canada.

The tip in this show is from Learn Excel from MrExcel.

This summer, is sponsoring the Toronto 'Cellers. softball team. When the team is sponsored by, they not only need to play well, but they have to have the best stats workbook of anyone in the league!

On today's episode of Call for Help, we take a look at the stats workbook.

You might expect a company softball team to have something that looks like this:

Some problems with this spreadsheet:
  • If a player did not play, there are errors in the Batting Average and Slugging columns.
  • There is not a good way to find the leaders in each category
After the Excel makeover, the worksheet looks like this: The grid for each game:

The grid for the season total:

The season leaders in several categories:

You can download the improved spreadsheet to check out all of the formulas. Be sure to check out:
  • Select AC57:AP77 to see all of the items in white font in that range. This hidden section helps calculate the season leaders.
  • Choose cell I8 and then Format - Conditional Format to see how those batting 1.000 are highlighted in blue.
Leo invited viewers to send in their best softball spreadsheet. Drop me a line at "bill at mrexcel dot com" with your spreadsheet samples.

If you have an application that could use an Excel makeover and you would like your spreadsheet to appear on the show, send me your ideas to the address above.

For the BEST TV show on technology, check out Call for Help.

This tip was originally published on July 24, 2006 and aired on TechTV in Canada and Australia on July 24, 2006.

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