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Free Excel Tickmarks Add-in

April 1, 2020 - by Bill Jelen

A seminar student of mine recently wrote: “Given our team’s migration to working from home and trying to maintain our effectiveness working remotely, we’ve been researching ways to drive consistent audit / review documentation through use of standard electronic audit tickmarks. Do you have any way that we can add tickmark icons to a cell through the Ribbon?”

The bad news: we did not have anything like this. The great news, our database administrator Suat Ozgur was looking for a project to take his mind off (a) the coronavirus and (b) some insane project that I was having him work on. So – Suat built an Excel tickmarks add-in using Visual Studio Tools for Office.

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