# Learn how to identify duplicate rows in your data

In a previous tip, we explained how you can easily remove duplicate rows from your data using the Remove Duplicates function.  You can find it here.  At times though, you may just want to highlight duplicate rows without actually deleting them.  In this tip, we show you how you can do this using an Excel […]

# How to create a linked dashboard (or landing page) for your Excel workbook

Have you ever had the pleasure (or displeasure) of working with an extra large Excel workbook with many, many different sheets? This happens frequently, especially if you are working with a large amount of data that needs to be analyzed periodically. This may be due to multiple tables, lookups, references, charts, graphs etc. This has […]

# 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 […]

# Sorting data in a PivotTable with Microsoft Excel

Sorting data in alphabetical order or numerical order is helpful when you have large amounts of data in the PivotTable you created. Sorting lets you organize the data so it is easier to find the items you want to analyze. 1. Within the PivotTable, click a field in the row or column you want to […]

# Discover a more detailed analysis of dates using timelines in Excel

Have you ever felt the need to effortlessly switch the date ranges within your Pivot Table in Excel? Have you ever wanted to view the data for just one specific time-frame without having to apply a logical filter all the time? When is the last time you were able to get your Pivot Table to […]

# 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 reduce the size of a workbook using a single formula

Sometimes, large Microsoft Excel workbooks can be slow and inefficient—which could cause frustration.  To reduce the size of a workbook, consider replacing several formulas with a single array formula. Array formulas can perform multiple calculations and they also ensure consistency, which can lead to greater accuracy.  Furthermore, array formulas provide for more security, since a […]

# How to create a Hierarchy SmartArt Graphic in Excel

Microsoft Excel offers you the ability to create and design a Hierarchy SmartArt Graphic.  This is useful in showing a graphical representation of an organogram, organisation chart or any hierarchy structure. This example, explained below, will help you create your own hierarchy. Our example scenario is of a Report Store that contains reports created for […]

# Using the VLOOKUP formula with the approximate match in Excel

Have you ever used the VLOOKUP formula with the approximate match in Excel? By using this formula, you’re able to extract the correct trade discount percentage based on the quantity of a specific item purchased. In this tip, we demonstrate how to set this up. If TRUE or 1 is specified in the Range_lookup argument text […]

# Inserting 3D models into an Excel spreadsheet

This is a tip that you’re going to really enjoy if you love imagery and visualisations in your spreadsheet! It’s not the most useful tip in the world, but for most people, especially the creative types—it will put a smile on your face because it’s so much fun to play with. In this tip, I’m […]