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I need a simple excel macro and I'm willing to pay.

I often (upwards of 15 times a day) need to select some of the text within a cell or textbox in Excel, and format it bold and red. Not all the text in the cell/box -- just the text I select. Is it possible to write macros to do this task? And where should I go to find someone to write it? [more inside]
posted by NoiselessPenguin on Mar 24, 2015 - 13 answers

Creating a data entry form in Excel

Hey Hivemind, So I am just beginning to foray into excel. I have create a worksheet for data entry and it has a lot of columns. To make my life easier, I viewed this website which provide a tip to make data entry more manageable. The author suggested to create a data entry form, http://www.launchexcel.com/excel-data-entry-power-tips. However, I cannot get this to really work in excel, it only partially works, excel is saying that the table is too large. Any ideas on how I can do this? Is there a work around?
posted by TRUELOTUS on Mar 19, 2015 - 5 answers

help me excel in spite of excel

ran a test that spits out a text file, need to excel it. having issues. more inside. [more inside]
posted by koroshiya on Mar 18, 2015 - 12 answers

Excel 2013 - Using data from two columns to identify a row in a third

I have data on one sheet of an Excel document with three columns. I want to extract this for use on another sheet as follows: If a row in Column A contains X (text string) and a row in column B contains Y (also a text string) then what does the row in column C (always a value) which matches these two criteria contain? With the data I have, this will always return a single result. [more inside]
posted by Len on Mar 5, 2015 - 13 answers

How to use excel, particularly for qualitative data coding

I have limited experience with Excel. However, some of the templates, when you open a new workbook are beautiful, I have no idea how to make those types of workbooks. Any advice on online tutorials that take you a little beyond the basics? Also, I am making a template/workbook to capture qualitative data. I am not using a qualitative data analysis software, just Excel, any tips or tricks on this? thanks
posted by sistertips on Mar 4, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me with a noob Excel Power View thing?

I've recently discovered Excel's Power View plugin and I'm naive enough to think it can solve a problem I have. I've watched this pie chart video (about halfway down). I can't make it do the 'partially shaded slices' thing in the video at 3:23. Help? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Feb 27, 2015 - 2 answers

Cleaning up timestamp information in Metafilter Infodump

Probably pretty simple, but I would like to clean up the Metafilter Infodump timestamp, help? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Feb 26, 2015 - 5 answers

Spreadsheet Model Automated Testing

I'm looking for recommendations on software or practices to do automated testing of spreadsheet models. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Feb 26, 2015 - 2 answers

Excel help! Calculating averages across multiple sub-categories

I only have a basic understanding of Excel functions. I know that it's possible to do what I want, but I'm not sure how to go about doing it. I need help figuring out the average amount of time that passes between the dates two particular actions happen across multiple different people. I'm looking for the overall average, as well as the average for each person. Complication, some of the rows don't have the action I'm interested in tracking, so that column reads as N/A and is messing up my formula. [more inside]
posted by Arbac on Feb 25, 2015 - 6 answers

How to organize email from a particular sender?

With my gmail account I am in frequent contact with a particular individual. So frequent that our emails are kind of a mess, and I want to know if I can organize them in any way. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Feb 8, 2015 - 4 answers

How to split a line chart by day of the week

ExcelFilter: I have two columns of data- column one is every day in a month, column two is attendance. I'd like to have a line graph that shows the data split into 7 lines- one for Mondays, one for Tuesdays, etc. How can I do this?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Feb 1, 2015 - 2 answers

Master Data Me

How can I better track specific parts of my life with an app or spreadsheet? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Jan 25, 2015 - 8 answers

How to Tell Excel to Evaluate Last Three Months (NOT Last 90 Entries)

I have an Excel spreadsheet I use to track glucose readings. There’s a value diabetics use called “A1C” which looks at the last three months of readings. It's based on a blood test, but can be estimated by averaging your readings for the last three months. I try to track every day, but I can’t reliably say “look at the last 90 values” – so I’m wondering how to set up a formula to tell it to only look at readings going back 90 days, not necessarily 90 readings. More inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jan 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Excel Question: VLOOKUP and beyond?

How can I combine these two tabs of data in Excel using VLOOKUP and/or some other function? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jan 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Excel Filter: Erase all but second numeric value in cell

I have a range of cells in Excel that all have the same text, but within the text are two numeric values. I want to remove everything besides the second numeric value. [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Jan 9, 2015 - 15 answers

Excelfilter - How do I "fill in" missing data between two points?

I am stumped and hope you can help. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jan 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Turning a single column of data into a four-replicate column

My data are outputted from the source as a single-value column, but I'd like the data formatted as a four-replicate column. Is there a function in Excel for this? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Dec 17, 2014 - 17 answers

How do I solve for a percentage of a total budget...

This will be easy for someone, but math is my second language so I'm at a loss. How do I solve for the percentage of a TOTAL budget, when one line item is unknown (and is part of the total budget)? [more inside]
posted by coollibrarian on Dec 9, 2014 - 5 answers

How do you convert Excel checkboxes to text?

Is there an easy way to convert Excel checkboxes to text? I have hundreds of workbooks I'm trying to combine. They all have 7 columns of checkboxes and varying numbers of rows. Once we get to a few hundred rows in the individual workbooks the file starts wanting to hang, so when I combine all of these workbooks, I'm envisioning a lot of pain. Is there a quick and easy way to replace these checkboxes with simple text? Something as easy as find and replace would be ideal.
posted by willnot on Dec 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Excel formula: Letter to Number (and vice versa)

I'm working on a formula (not a macro) to convert a Letter (in this case, a column letter) to a Number, and vice versa. So: A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, Z = 26, AA = 27, AB = 28, AC = 29, ZZ = 702, AAA = 703, AAB = 704, AAC = 705, BAA = 1379, etc... Of my three part formula(s), I have the one-letter and two-letter columns working, but I run into issues with the three-letter columns (AAA and beyond). [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 on Dec 3, 2014 - 12 answers

Way to export patent data to XLS or CSV?

I need to get some patent data (Pat Number, Issue Date, Main Claim, Abstract, Forward and Reverse References) from about 100 patents into excel. Is there a site that does this for free? [more inside]
posted by Dipped Pretzels on Dec 2, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me quantify extra hours, please, please, a please please.

I need help with gmail functionality. I need to figure out how many(ish) extra hours I generally work. I think an easy way to capture part of this is to check out the volume of email sent outside of my working hours. Is there a reasonably easy way to do this? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Dec 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Another "data management & research database for dummies" question

I'm undertaking a research project in which I'm evaluating several different organizations based on specific yet qualitative criteria, e.g. "promotes outreach", "reports on progress", etc. I need to able to capture the information and then display the results in some sort of meaningful way so that it can be incorporated into a report. [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Nov 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Counting rows in Excel that match condition?

Can an Excel expert help me with counting rows in a spreadsheet that can match one of 15 possible combinations? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Nov 24, 2014 - 15 answers

Tracking reimbursements for employees

I'm in charge of a tuition reimbursement process in my company-- people give me their approved applications along with their grades and receipts and I calculate the reimbursement and send it along to accounting. Part of this process is keeping tabs on what's being spent on what. Right now, I'm using a massive Excel sheet to do this and it is messy. [more inside]
posted by thefang on Sep 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Pivot table help for n00b

I need to provide some sales data but am unsure how to manipulate the data in a pivot table to get the specific details requested. I'm sure this is simple but my pivot table skills are, admittedly, terrible. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Bretley on Sep 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Moving around and renaming a massively linked Excel folder

At work I have the responsibility for an Excel-based model, which is a nested series of workbooks and folders with many links to each other. We need to be able to rename the master folder, move the folder about, and keep all links still linked to the enclosing folder. [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda on Sep 11, 2014 - 15 answers

is this a good use case for a gamma distribution?

I want to generate synthetic user-session data to predict how big a peak in application usage might be shortly before a weekly deadline (for timesheet submission - it's a time and labour tracking application). I've come up with a method that looks like it works - it involves a gamma distribution for the login time. But I don't have enough (in fact, any) statistical training to know whether I'm using that distribution meaningfully. Statisticians, please reassure me. Thanks! Excel functions inside... [more inside]
posted by rd45 on Sep 10, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I play Mad Libs with an Excel spreadsheet and Word doc?

I have a spreadsheet that contains information I want to use to fill out a form, Mad Libs style. Essentially, I'd take each row of the spreadsheet and use the cells to populate a text document. It's not actually in Excel/Word - it's in Libreoffice, if that changes anything. I also need room for conditional if-then statements, because some text may require additional accompanying notes. I tried generating a pdf in Nandeck (card game generation software) but that doesn't work well for formatting text relative to other text, so I'm looking for a better solution.
posted by LSK on Sep 8, 2014 - 2 answers

A Database So We'll Never Have to Retype Again

Give me your best invitation/list/contact/event management software suggestions. My employer hosts numerous events every year. Most are political, and seek to raise money or garner support. All require complex invitation lists, based on affiliation or past attendance at similar events. Do you know of any very user-friendly list management software that will create contact lists based on this kind of criteria? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on Sep 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Importing hyperlinks into Excel

As users of Excel may know, only one hyperlink is allowed per cell. I'm trying to import HTML tables in which there are sometimes two hyperlinks per cell. The Excel importer does not seem to like this, so it gets rid of the link. Is there any way around this? [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Aug 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Taking data from a PDF and putting it into a spreadsheet

I have a PDF with several hundred pages. Each page is formatted identically and contains data on a single person, divided into various tables. I want to parse the PDF so that each person's data is a single row in a spreadsheet, with various key points (e.g. "name") in the same column. I feel like this has to be an already-solved problem. How can I do this?
posted by LSK on Aug 11, 2014 - 7 answers

How can I print custom nametags? I feel like a dummy...

I need to print simple 4"x3" conference name badge inserts - just first name, last name, and a custom background image. I have Word, Excel, Illustrator and Access (though I've never used Access). I have the names in an Excel spreadsheet, and I've created a nice .jpg/.png image as the background. How do I pull this all together? Thanks!
posted by smelvis on Aug 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Best way to convert 900 HTML table files to CSV?

Does anyone know of a friendly program for batch-converting a folder full of hundreds of HTML tables to CSV format that will load in Google Spreadsheets? I know I could just load one in Excel but I need to automate it to handle tons of these files.
posted by johngoren on Aug 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Excel Filter: IF Statements and Concatenate

I'm trying to test if a a series of cells exist, and then concatenate the values that do exist with a paragraph I have. [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Aug 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Inserting symbols before and after some other text in Excel (macros?)

Is it possible to do this in Excel or Word or some other program?: I want to paste a sentence into the a text field, highlight a word or several words in that sentence, hit a keyboard shortcut, and have certain symbols inserted before and after that word or phrase. For example, in the sentence "Metafilter is the best website in the whole wide world," I might highlight "website," press the shortcut, and have it transform into the following: "Metafilter is the best {{c1::website}} in the whole wide world." I'm using OSX and Microsoft Office 2011, but I'm comfortable doing this in a webapp or Google Drive or whatever you suggest! I also have the aText text expansion software, but I can't figure out how to make it insert text at both ends of a highlighted phrase. [more inside]
posted by lizzicide on Jul 25, 2014 - 7 answers

File woes

I grabbed a bunch of posts off of a vBulletin forum to analyze for a research project (with permission, of course, from the forums and the users and my IRB), and I've got it all cleaned up and ready to go. I've got thousands of files in .xls (Microsoft Excel 97-2003) format. So far, so good. Now how do I get these files into a format that my analysis software will play with nicely? [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Jul 18, 2014 - 14 answers

How to create an Excel histogram showing distribution of timestamps

I have a spreadsheet containing timestamps, that I want to display as a histogram [more inside]
posted by jedro on Jul 17, 2014 - 1 answer

Labeling data points in an Excel chart

Help me figure out how to get the labels I need on the data points in a fairly simple Y vs. X chart. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jul 8, 2014 - 15 answers

How to get Excel to play nice?

I am trying to generate an excel graph that will give me a date/time overview, and I can't quite crack how to set up my table and chart :( Any help will be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by alchemist on Jul 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Turning a giant spreadsheet of order info into "Here's your order info!"

I have a giant excel spreadsheet with ~2200 customers worth of order details for a Kickstarter. The details are complex; I have around 60 products I'm delivering, and I'd like to send everyone an email with their individual orders before I start shipping them out. How do I do this? I'm planning on outsourcing this job, but I'd like to know a bit more about who I'm trying to hire (An excel expert? A mailing list person? Some other platform I don't know about?)
posted by sdis on Jun 26, 2014 - 8 answers

What are some interesting facts about Microsoft Excel?

I work extensively with Microsoft Excel, and I'm putting together a list of little known facts about Excel for a presentation. I haven't found much on the interwebs that's exceptionally interesting. Does anyone have any facts they can share that come from off the beaten path? [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on Jun 25, 2014 - 52 answers

Help me use Excel to save my job

So, I just got promoted to a new position at my company (Yay!). Unfortunately, the new requirements involve scheduling a ridiculous number of people. It turns out my predecessor has just been doing dozens of iterations manually until one kind of worked, but every slight change puts a bunch of other things out of wack. I feel like Excel could probably be capable of doing it, but I have no idea how I would go about designing such a spread sheet. [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Jun 19, 2014 - 17 answers

Merging Duplicate rows in Excel or Access

I have a table with duplicate values in one column. Some of the other columns have a value, some don't. I want to have one row for each record, with all of the colums values in one row (NOT CONCATENATED). I can use Excel or Access for this. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jun 19, 2014 - 21 answers

Make my task list easier

I need to create a list of tasks that rotate between a number of employees on a monthly basis. I'd like the ability to assign a variable number of tasks to each employee, so one person might receive one task and another two. Previously this had been done manually on an excel sheet; can you think of any way to semi-automate it? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jun 5, 2014 - 2 answers

excel numbering questin

In excel, I want to increase a number in sequential rows by one every three numbers. Is there a way to do this quickly, for about 5000 rows? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on May 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Linking Excel data to Word docs: Portability?

I'm using Excel and Word 2007. Created Excel docs, created Word docs, certain cells in the Excel docs have data that must be embedded in the Word docs. This has been discussed here before, but only the method of creating these links (which was my method) but I'm just checking to see if anybody knows how to make this work when you move the document. All the links appear to be hardcoded absolute links to the Excel doc. Works fine on my PC, breaks on yours. Any way to get this functionality to be portable? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on May 22, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for an advanced Excel/Access crash course

VBA and Macros and VLookup, Oh My! I might be ending up on a work assignment where they want someone who can create and edit complex Excel templates that interface with Access and Adobe Forms. I've used all these programs extensively, but I've only used advanced features sparingly (either editing someone else's creation or googling for a specific fix for a specific problem.) Difficulty level: I only have a week to cram on this before I would start. Is it possible for a quick learner to get up to speed enough not to crash and burn on a project like this? Can anyone recommend an online course I could binge on before having to take on this project?
posted by firechicago on May 19, 2014 - 2 answers

Making Excel do stuff for me, automagically!

Where can I find snippets of vba macros that I can use/reuse? What are your favorite macros that you use and can't do without? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on May 18, 2014 - 3 answers

Random Numbers In Excel, Without Duplicates, Based On Weighted Value

I need a way to generate a random set of numbers in excel, with some numbers having a more likely chance to be selected based on a weighted value associated with that number. But without the number being duplicated. [more inside]
posted by ndillon on May 8, 2014 - 10 answers

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