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November 16, 2021 - by Bill Jelen

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Problem: I have a question which is not answered in this book.

Strategy: A large community of Excel fans are available at the message board. Collectively, they answer over 30,000 questions each year. Follow these steps:

  • 1. Browse to

  • 2. In the left navigation bar, choose MrExcel Message Board

  • 3. In the top right corner, click the link to Register. Registration is free. The site used to allow anonymous postings, but it became too confusing when two people named “anonymous” started participating in a conversation.

  • 4. As you register, a question asks you to confirm that you are 13 or older. Please choose this appropriately, or you will not be able to post.

  • 5. Click the appropriate forum. Most Excel questions, including macro programming questions, should go in the Excel Questions forum.

  • 6. Click the Post Thread button.

  • 7. Use a meaningful subject. “Pivot Table Calculated Fields” is a good subject. “Help” or “Please Help” is not a good subject.

  • 8. Type your question. Read over the question to make sure that someone who has not been dealing with your spreadsheet for the last hour can get a good sense of the meaning.

  • 9. Click the Post Thread button at the bottom of the form.

Within a minute, your question will appear in the forum. Other readers will check out the question. Usually, within 15 minutes, someone will either post a clarifying question or a suggestion on how to proceed. If someone asks a question, provide the best answer that you can.

Usually, within a few iterations of questions, you will have your answer. Sometimes, if the question is particularly interesting, a discussion will break out over the best way to solve the problem.

Additional Details: Over 1 million answers are archived and searchable. Before posting your question, spend a few minutes searching to see if the problem has already been solved.

This article is an excerpt from Power Excel With MrExcel

Title photo by Austin Kehmeier on Unsplash

Bill Jelen is the author / co-author of:
Excel Dynamic Arrays Straight to the Point 2nd Edition

Fifteen months after Dynamic Arrays debuted for Office Insiders, the functions are being released to General Availability. This second edition of the book has been updated with new examples: see how Dynamic Arrays make XLOOKUP better. The chapter on the logic behind arrays has been expanded.