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February 25, 2020

When I do a live Power Excel seminar, I offer that if anyone in the room ever has an odd Excel problem, they can send it to me for help. That is how I came to receive this data cleansing problem. Someone had a summary worksheet that looks like this.

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Excel 2020: AutoSave is Necessary, But Turn it Off When Not Co-Authoring »


February 24, 2020

The reason that co-authoring is possible is because of AutoSave. Every time that you make a spreadsheet change, that change will be saved to OneDrive so that others can (almost) instantly see what you just typed. AutoSave is necessary if you want ten accountants editing a budget worksheet at the same time.

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Excel 2020: Simultaneously Edit the Same Workbook in Office 365 »


February 20, 2020

After Google's spreadsheet product began offering the ability for multiple people to edit the same worksheet, the Excel team spent over two years developing a feature that they call co-authoring. The feature was released to Office 365 customers in the summer of 2017.

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Excel 2020: Recover Unsaved Workbooks »


February 19, 2020

The Auto Recover feature is a lifesaver. It is turned on automatically in Excel 2010 and newer.

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Excel 2020: Replace the Comma Style in Book.xltx »


February 17, 2020

The Excel team offers Currency, Percent, and Comma icons in the center of the Home tab of the Ribbon. The tooltip says the Comma Style formats with a thousands separator. I despise this icon. Why do I despise this icon?

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Excel 2020: Changes to Book Template are Cumulative »


February 13, 2020

Anything you do to Book.xltx (default workbook) is cumulative. Build the workbook with your favorite settings today. If you discover some new settings that you would like to add to Book.xltx in the future, follow these steps:

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Excel 2020: Use Default Settings for All Future Workbooks »


February 12, 2020

In a few minutes, you can teach Excel your favorite settings. Then, every time you create a new workbook with Ctrl+N or insert a new worksheet, the worksheet will inherit all of your favorite settings.

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Excel 2020: Use INDIRECT for a Different Summary Report »


February 10, 2020

Say that you want to build the following report, with months going down column A. In each row, you want to pull the grand total data from each sheet. Each sheet has the same number of rows, so the total is always in row 12.

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Excel 2020: Create a SUM That Spears Through All Worksheets »


February 6, 2020

You have a workbook with 12 worksheets, 1 for each month. All of the worksheets have the same number of rows and columns. You want a summary worksheet in order to total January through December.

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Excel 2020: Change All Sheets with Group Mode »


February 5, 2020

Any time your manager asks you for something, he or she comes back 15 minutes later and asks for an odd twist that wasn't specified the first time. Now that you can create worksheet copies really quickly.

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Excel 2020: Power Up the Status Bar Statistics »


February 3, 2020

When you select two or more numeric cells, the total appears in the status bar in the lower right of the Excel window.

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Excel 2020: Add a Total Row and a Total Column with One AutoSum »


January 30, 2020

Say that you want to add a total row and a total column to a data set.