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## INDEX MATCH An Alternative To VLookUp

Having worked with and trained a range of people from different departments and businesses, I have seen that the VLookUp is the function that I am most asked for help with or training on.  Here I would like to show you an alternative to the VLookUp which is INDEX MATCH. INDEX MATCH solves some of […]

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## VLookUp To Retrieve data relating to the second or third match

If you have ever used VLookUps before you may have noticed that the formula only retrieves data relating to the first match it finds. Did you ever need a VLookUp to retrieve data relating to the second or third match? In an earlier post called VLookUp with multiple values and  I showed you how to retrieve […]

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## COUNTIFS – COUNTIF FOR MULTIPLE CRITERIA

In my last post I talked about SUMIFS – SUMIF FOR MULTIPLE CRITERIA, this time I’m going to talk about COUNTIFS, which you may have guessed is a way to carry out a COUNTIF for multiple criteria. Before continuing, you should be comfortable with the COUNTIF function, click here to read my post on COUNTIF. […]

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## SUMIFS – SUMIF FOR MULTIPLE CRITERIA

SUMIFS can be treated as a SUMIF for multiple criteria. Recently I was asked for help on a file where SUMIF formula were used to add cells specified by certain criteria. The user wanted to create a SUMIF for multiple criteria though, and that is where SUMIFS came into it. Click here to read my […]

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## Sum Odd or Even Numbers only in Excel

Pardon the pun, but it may seem like an ODD request to want to know how to sum odd or even numbers only in Excel, but it is still a question asked. Since being asked for help on this, I have started using this formula myself recently where I need to sum odd numbers and […]

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## Custom Sort

So, you can sort from A-Z, Z-A, smallest to largest number and so on, but can you create your own custom sort? Let’s base our custom sort on this data:   Before going onto the custom sort, let’s very quickly look at “normal” sorting. If you are comfortable with the normal sorting, you can skip […]

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## Avoid #REF! in Excel by knowing your Dependents and Precedents

Have you ever opened a file in Excel and saw the dreaded #REF! where a formula result should be.  I usually see people fixing this formula by removing the section with the error, or guessing what range should be entered instead of the #REF!.  This may work a lot of the time, but it might […]

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## How To Auto Fill Sequential Letters in Excel Video

To date, the blog post “How to auto fill sequential letters in Excel” is my most searched post (click here to read how to auto fill sequential letters in excel). For this reason I thought it was worthwhile creating a video breaking down the formula. As well as the formula itself, I also often get […]

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## PowerPoint & The Star Wars Opening Effect

It’s hard to believe, but apparently there are people out there who have not seen any Star Wars movies!!  For those of you that have seen it, I am about to show you how to replicate the opening text sequences using PowerPoint to create the PowerPoint Star Wars Effect. For those of you that have […]

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## Simplify IF AND OR eBook

My second eBook is almost ready! It is now being reviewed and will be available soon to all subscribers. This time around we look at IF AND OR functions – these are areas where I am frequently being asked for help to clarify.

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## 1 Tip For More Effective Meetings

In an earlier post I wrote about my pet hates when it comes to meetings and ways I thought could lead to more effective meetings (The ABCs of Good Meetings).  Now I would like to add 1 more tip for more effective meetings. 1 Tip for more effective meetings So, I have seen an improvement […]

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## Using Pivot Charts For Better Analysis

Using Pivot Charts when analyzing data can show you more in one image and quicker than standard charts where you may have to create multiple charts. In this image, there are two standard charts showing the sales by person and the sales by region. But to the right we have a Pivot Chart which shows […]

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## VLookup with multiple values

So, you can use a VLookUp to retrieve a piece of information.  You can use SumIf to total a range based on criteria and you can use CountIf to count how many times criteria appears. What do you do though when you have to create a VLookUp with multiple values? The VLookUp will run through […]

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## EXCEL SUBSTITUTE FUNCTION

I have been coming across more and more cases where people have problems with lookup formulas because databases do not have matching information. The most common type of incident I come across are where one database contains a name like “Adam O’Reilly” and another database has the name as “Adam OReilly”, with no apostrophe.  So […]

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## Selecting Next Cells In A Different Order

If you have ever used Excel, you probably know already that you can move from your current cell to the one to the right, or below by using the tab or return keys.  So what if you want  to select the next cell, but the next cell is not in the normal order? For example, […]

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