How to stop your Excel charts from disappearing

Have you ever experienced your Excel charts disappearing when you hide the columns showing the data? By default, Microsoft® Excel® shows only visible data in a chart. In this tip, we will show you how to easily overcome this problem, by following these simple steps: 1. First, lets create a simple chart with your data […]

How to automatically highlight specific data using a bar chart in Excel

This Microsoft® Excel® tip will come in handy when you want to create a chart that will populate your data and highlight only specific parts of that data. Download the workbook to practise this exercise. In the example below, we will look at a grocery store. The chart displays the revenue generated from the produce […]

How to create a step chart in Excel

A step chart shows changes that occur over irregular intervals. For example, it can show stock movement changes, interest rates, etc. A step chart is the perfect alternative to a line chart as it displays the trend as well as the time taken between changes. The difference between a Step Chart and Line Chart: A line […]

How to add a variance and running total in a Pivot Table

In our example workbook, we’re working with Date, Value In and Value Out fields. We need to create a Pivot Table that will also display the variance per month, as well as a running total of the variance for the year. In this tip, we show you how to do this. First up; select your […]

How to calculate the average of the top 5 values

Let’s say you have a workbook containing sales over a two year period. You would now like to know what the average is for your top 5 sales values, as well as the value for your largest sale. In our example, which you are welcome to download here, we are using Column A for the […]

How to work with numbers containing more than 15 digits in Excel

Numbers containing more than 15 digits in Excel are not often used, however some users might use them when recording credit card numbers, account numbers, stock codes, etc. Applies To: Microsoft® Excel® for Windows 2013 and 2016. Excel can’t handle more than 15 digits per cell, and so when these numbers are entered, Excel stores […]

How to remove blank cells between your data in Excel

As you work through a spreadsheet, you may delete a number of cells and then want Excel to shift all the cells up again so that there are no blanks. In this tip, we explain how to remove blank cells between your data in Excel so that this happens. Applies To: Microsoft® Excel® for Windows […]

How to fix wrapped data labels in a pie chart

When creating a pie chart and adding data labels to the slices, the wording can sometimes split into two lines—giving you wrapped data labels that aren’t visually appealing. In the below example, Administration has been split into two words, each on a separate line. The labels are wrapped and the results appear incorrectly. Applies To: […]

How to generate a barcode in Excel

This tip shows you how to generate a barcode in Excel that will enable you to track stock, sales, purchases or fixed assets. Applies To: Microsoft® Excel® for Windows 2010, 2013, and 2016. Excel has no built-in functionality to generate a barcode.  However, this is easily achievable by simply downloading and installing a font. This tip […]

How to Remove PivotTable Fields from Pivot Charts

When creating Pivot Charts from PivotTables, the PivotTable fields will be displayed on the chart. In this tip, you’ll learn how to quickly hide them so that your report looks neater. Applies To: Microsoft® Excel® for Windows 2010, 2013, and 2016. You are welcome to download the workbook to practice this short, helpful tip. To remove […]