Excel Tips


Get Stock Quotes »

August 1, 2022

Data types support stock quotes from 24 different exchanges around the world. Many exchanges provide data that is delayed by 15 minutes. Some exchanges only provide close of day prices.


Getting Exchange Rates Using Stock Data Types »

July 29, 2022

After Geography and Stock data types debuted, I created a YouTube video and asked people for what other data types they would like. The most popular choice was Exchange Rates, followed by Weather.


Geography, Stock, and Exchange Rate Data Types »

July 28, 2022

Office 365 subscribers will see a new Data Types gallery appear on the Data tab of the ribbon starting in late 2018 or early 2019. Initially, the feature is supporting geography and stock data types, but there are hopes that they will expand to other data types, including the ability for a company to define their own data types.


=SUM(B1:B5) is Better Than =B1+B2+B3+B4+B5 »

July 27, 2022

You have an intern working in the Accounting department who likes to add up short columns of numbers using =B1+B2+B3+B4+B5. You try to convince him that the correct formula is =SUM(B1:B5). He looks at you like you are insane, pointing out that his formula returns the exact same answer.


Add New Functions to Excel with Fast Excel SpeedTools Extras »

July 26, 2022

There are several add-ins that add new calculation functions to Excel. One of the best is from Charles Williams and FastExcel. The SpeedTools Extras package includes functions that accountants will use in everyday work.


Return Data from a Webservice »

July 25, 2022

Microsoft introduced three new functions in Excel 2013 that will return data from a webservice.


Spell Out Numbers in Excel »

July 21, 2022

I need to spell out numbers in Excel, like on the old check writer machines.


Change from Lower to Upper Case in Excel »

July 20, 2022

I have data in lower case. I need to convert it to upper case.


Create a Bell Curve in Excel »

July 19, 2022

I need to generate a bell curve in Excel. The mean is 50 and the standard deviation is 12. (In the formulas below, substitute your real mean and standard distribution for the 50 and 12.)