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Help Me Hack My PT

I'm an obsessive tracker. I have an awesome to-do list that helps me get shit done. I just started physical therapy for an ankle injury (yet again). I want to keep track of the exercises and how much I'm able to do. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Jul 22, 2014 - 6 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

Google spreadsheet to generate list of styled links in html document

I'd like to have a simple html page of styled links that can be updated using a Google spreadsheet. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Jun 9, 2014 - 1 answer

Need help with getting things to sort correctly in Excel

I have a spreadsheet with items that I am trying to organize by part numbers made up of both letters and numbers. When I sort them, though, "HMDL32000" comes ahead of "HMDL3700", even though 32000 is a bigger number. In the warehouse, HMDL32000 is behind HMDL3700 and it seems unintuitive to have it appear first on the spreadsheet. How can I get Excel to organize first by the alphabetical portion of the part number, and then in the correct numeric order?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Apr 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Mapping real-time points to a spreadsheet

I'm looking for a tool that will let me have a map interface open (Google Maps, OSM, Bing, I don't mind), click on a location, enter a brief comment, then have that data (lat/long, comment, timestamp) stored for later retrieval - something like a Google Docs spreadsheet would be ideal. [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Jan 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Extra-applicational extraction of Excel form

I have an MS Excel spreadsheet which uses drop-down menus which affect the content in multiple fields. It's used for buying inventory, so you'd change the "category" menu to "paperware," upon which the fields "account number" "responsible admin" etc. would all populate depending on what I've chosen in "paperware." Now we're redoing the form and I'm tasked with mapping all available functions and how they are related [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Oct 29, 2013 - 5 answers

How can I get Excel to create multiple averages from a single table?

I have a table of data that I need to average, but I need to come up with averages using multiple different rows. For example average A=row 1, row 2, row 4: Average B= row 1, row 2, row 3: Average C= row 2, row 3. I would like to add a column that has the names of each average I need, (A, B, C) and then let excel average them based on which set they belong to. I have been looking around at other excel related forums, but I am not sure what this process is called, so I don't know how to find it. Right now I have been copying rows for each time they show up in a set I need averaged. It would be nicer to have column that says, this row belongs to set A and C, next one belongs to set A, B, and C.
posted by djpuddings on Oct 24, 2013 - 11 answers

We have the budget. Now let's analyze.

Last year, my SO posted this question about making a budget for our family. Your answers were very helpful. August 31 was the last day of our first budget year, and we did pretty well. But we wondered what are good ratios or metrics to gauge just how well we did and where we need to improve. [more inside]
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D) on Sep 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Excel to Word mail merge for envelopes. Should be super-simple. ISN'T.

Whoever is formatting this excel sheet sucks. I need to find a way to fix it that doesn't entail me retyping the whole thing each week. [more inside]
posted by A neighbourhood park all covered with cheese on Aug 23, 2013 - 34 answers

What is the Comic Sans of Excel spreadsheets?

For my new position at work, I'll be putting together a large number of Executive Overviews. This is a new area for me and I'd like to avoid unknowingly committing a spreadsheet faux pas. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Jun 17, 2013 - 24 answers

I need a different kind of spreadsheet app for OSX

Is there a spreadsheet app that's geared more toward creating sortable lists of stuff? I know I can do this with Apple's Numbers app, but it feels so clunky. I don't want column "A" "B" "C" and so forth. I want to name the columns, just as the columns in iTunes are named (song, album, rating, etc). I don't want to right click a column and choose from a list of options to choose "Sort Ascending/Descending". I want to click the column title and have it sort based on that column, just as iTunes does when in song view, or in a playlist. Click song, the list is sorted by song. Click album the list is sorted by album. I'm not working with any calculations. I want to create easily sortable lists of my stuff... like wine! [more inside]
posted by Mr Ected on Jun 15, 2013 - 12 answers

Matching two spreadsheets via one matching column

I have two separate marketing lists on spreadsheets, both of which were originally opt-in, but have been residing on different systems - System A for email marketing and System B for SMS marketing. List A has the users' email addresses, cellphone numbers and names. List B just has the users' cellphone numbers (plus a column called "unsubscribed" for those people who. I want to combine the two spreadsheets to create one spreadsheet while keeping the column called "unsubscribed" so I know which people to keep permanently removed. Can you advise me on how to synchronise these two spreadsheets using the cellphone number as the common data? Thanks!
posted by skylar on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Showing a time crunch in a spreadsheet?

How do I represent the fact that my team and I experience time-crunches caused by late submissions of documents to us on a spreadsheet showing the amount of work required of myself and my team for the coming year? [more inside]
posted by LN on May 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Is there a better type of spreadsheet?

I'd like to make a spreadsheet, which would include not just text but images and sets of tags, and maybe other interesting fields of information. Is there a better spreadsheet out there which is more flexible and more like a database? [more inside]
posted by htid on May 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Adventures in giant-CSV land

Hi, I have a .csv that exceeds the maximum number of rows that Excel can handle, and before I can import it into a geodatabase in ArcGIS, I need to make one small edit – I need to delete the first row. Is there any way to do this and resave the file (preferably in a format other than .csv) in a way that retains the rows unable to be loaded in Excel?
posted by avocet on May 9, 2013 - 20 answers

How do I embed a Google spreadsheet into a non-Sites webpage?

I have a spreadsheet with about 3000 rows of data. I would like the contents of this spreadsheet to show up as a big list/table on a webpage. It's mostly text with one column of URLs. The contents will change not-infrequently (maybe every couple of months) and I would like people both inside and outside my organization (but not general visitors to the webpage) to be able to edit the contents. [more inside]
posted by marylynn on Apr 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Calling the powers of the Doc Google collective

Here a doc there a doc, everywhere a doc doc but how do I define a frimping printable area on a Google Doc spreadsheet? & page breaks. So tired of selecting content & printing one page at a time.
posted by tilde on Apr 12, 2013 - 4 answers

simple excel 2007 question

I need a solution to a pretty simple problem with counting instances of different text phrases in Excel. [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Mar 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Using Excel conditional formatting to do a name/ID data check?

I'm hoping there's an easier way to do this than my current manual process: I want to highlight text cells in Excel 2010 that are a duplicate of ONLY the cell below. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by bibbit on Feb 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Need help with conditional lists in excel

I'm creating a workout training program in excel, and I want to show a range of data based on certain conditions. Using Excel 2010 More after the jump. [more inside]
posted by FireStyle on Feb 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Excel spreadsheet to pretty clips report?

I have an Excel spreadsheet with couple hundred rows: URLs, a few fields of identifying information (outlet, etc.), for media hits on the organization I work for. I need to make this into a pretty (or at least semi-legible to the computer illiterate) document that I can give to board members, senior staff, etc. What I would like is to use some form of scripting to automate this. Bonus points if the script can somehow open the URL and take a screenshot of the story so that I don't have to. I have a Mac, and both the Adobe and Microsoft suites. How do I not spend tedious hours manually doing this? Especially since I have to do it each month and quarter.
posted by klangklangston on Jan 31, 2013 - 8 answers

please help my create a spreadsheet from a list of links.

I want to create a spreadsheet from the hyperlinks and words in a word list on Wiktionary. Please take me through the steps. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Nov 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Not so much to ask, really

So, I got myself an Android tablet, specifically for DnD nerdery. Now I've got some specific desires for pdf and spreadsheet programs - but am having a hell of a time tracking down apps that can what I want. Are these things really that hard to do in Jelly Bean? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Nov 4, 2012 - 6 answers

The simple weight loss spreadsheet that eludes me...

This simple weight loss/calorie defect spreadsheet from years ago eludes me...hivemind, help! [more inside]
posted by poolsidemuse on Oct 24, 2012 - 5 answers

How to turn Google Forms results back into the forms that were submitted?

Using Google Forms, is there any easy to to turn a form response (displayed as a line on a spreadsheet) back into the form that was submitted so it can be printed or saved as a PDF? [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Oct 18, 2012 - 1 answer

Solution to OCR many bank statements into excel

Need to get data from hundreds of pages of bank records into a spreadsheet. We have a scanner with a document feeder, but would love some recommendations on software/workflow ideas. [more inside]
posted by capnsue on Sep 29, 2012 - 6 answers

I've made a huge mistake?

How can I create a web-searchable database of indexed newspaper articles? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Sep 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Very Specific Spreadsheet Question: Ranges

How do you make Excel automatically group years (1921, 1925, 1929) into decades (1920s)? [more inside]
posted by goatdog on Jun 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Bookfort self-destruct will commence in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ...

I have a large number of books that I want to donate to a library or sell. I want to give my friends and family first pick at anything they want (my primary aim is to quickly reclaim the physical space used up by the books). I need a workflow that will allow me to scan the books' UPCs, etc. with my iPhone 4's camera and end up with an email-able spreadsheet pre-populated with ISBN/Title/Author. Columns for genre, edition and/or year, and short blurbs would also be welcome. I have a PC laptop with the MS Office suite in addition to the iPhone. What are my options? Thanks, hivemind!
posted by Inspector.Gadget on May 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Dad School

What are some good references or software tools to help me teach my young kids some basic computer skills (including typing, spreadsheets, and more)? [more inside]
posted by bove on May 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Why can't spreadsheets work like brains?

Former excel magician attempts to use Google spreadsheets, fails. It should be easy to make a function that can tally a monthly total from a column of dates and a column of numbers, right? [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie on Apr 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Can a sortable spreadsheet exist in a PDF?

I have a PDF document and a spreadsheet in XLS format. We want to be able to put the spreadsheet into the PDF and allow users to click on the sheet's column headings to sort the data alphabetically depending on need. Is this possible? If so, what is the best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 on Feb 17, 2012 - 5 answers

SEVEN FOR AWHILE... SEVEN FOREVER

Numbers for iOS: how to recalculate a spreadsheet on command? Like, if a cell contains a RAND or a RANDRANGE function, how to get it to produce a different random number besides reentering the formula? As near as I can tell it just sits there with the same value forever, no matter what else I do.
posted by JHarris on Jan 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Spreadsheet vs. Database?

I've been using a spreadsheet (actually, three or four different spreadsheets....) to keep track of names, contact info, and task completion for a large number of people. Would switching to a database ultimately be easier and less stressful? And if so, what would be the best software for a database newbie to use? Or is there some other perfect solution out there? [more inside]
posted by kittenmarlowe on Jan 29, 2012 - 6 answers

I want to update spreadsheets through my apple devices. How?

Spreadsheet sadness on iphone/ipad. How to update a spreadsheet through these devices? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Jan 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Spreadsheeet for time tracking

How can I get a Google spreadsheet built to track time? [more inside]
posted by diode on Dec 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Spreadsheets as web pages

How is this site (example 1 and 2) embedding interactive spreadsheets into its web pages? All I can tell is that it’s using javascript. If it’s some sort of custom solution, are there alternatives (either paid or free) that would let me do something similar in WordPress?
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear on Dec 10, 2011 - 3 answers

How do I take data from a spreadsheet (LibreOffice Impress, to be precise), and use it as input to a program in Java?

How do I take data from a spreadsheet (LibreOffice Impress, to be precise), and use it as input to a program in Java? This is fairly basic stuff, so I'm a little embarrassed to be having issues with this, but I don't have much time. I'm well aware of how to do file I/O with a text file using a Scanner object for input, but how does this work with a spreadsheet?
posted by bookman117 on Dec 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Sign Up Here One Click In Real Life

Looking for a user friendly way to let people sign up for an email newsletter at a live event. Other than forcing them to enter their emails right into the right website, how can I simplify the current process of a person writing their email down, and a different person writing it into a spread sheet, and then someone else uploading the emails into the newsletter system? Is there an iPad app for this? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Nov 10, 2011 - 10 answers

How can I edit a local spreadsheet within Firefox?

How can I make a spreadsheet editable within Firefox? Difficulty: the spreadsheet is stored locally. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Oct 29, 2011 - 13 answers

Copy rows from spreadsheet to fusion tables with a script

How can I programaticaly copy ranges from google docs spreadsheet to a fusion table? [more inside]
posted by Popcorn on Aug 17, 2011 - 3 answers

iPad App for spreadsheets

I need an iPad2 spreadsheet app with some specific requirements concerning conditional formatting: [more inside]
posted by amf on Aug 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Turning in my spreadsheet wizard badge.

Spreadsheet question: I want a column containing all the names in THAT column EXCEPT all the names in THOSE columns. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Aug 2, 2011 - 6 answers

Calculating durations and times in Excel

Excel help needed in calculating times. I need to calculate and predict times based on fixed distances and a known average speed. [more inside]
posted by dg on Jun 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Building the simplest payroll template in Excel. No, really simple.

I'm dusting off my rusty Excel skills to try to build an easy-to-use, easily updated very basic payroll spreadsheet for a userbase which is completely unfamiliar with Excel. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Jun 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Keeping track of payments?

Need ideas on how to keep track of people making multiple payments for large trips or activities, with the ability to report how much they still owe. Much more detail inside. [more inside]
posted by kraigory on May 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Spread 'Em!

Idiotic Google spreadsheet question: how do I shrink the column size? [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe on Apr 2, 2011 - 6 answers

I Know What I Know.. But How Do I Know What I Don't Know?

Excel Filter: I have a long list of file names in numerical order in an Excel spreadsheet. I need to know what numbers are missing, so I can track down the related files. Is there a quick and (relatively) painless way of doing this without having to sift through all the numbers manually?
posted by Philby on Mar 24, 2011 - 5 answers

stymied by excel

There has to be an answer for this, but I just can't figure it out. In Excel, I've got 5 columns (A-E). I need to return a list of values from column A if either column B or C equals 'foo', *and* if either column D or E equals 'bar'. What's the magical formula (or whathaveyou) that will make this happen? For bonus points, results need to appear on a separate tab than the source data. asking on behalf of mrs spinturtle, I personally have no idea what I'm talking about.
posted by spinturtle on Mar 17, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I turn Gmail into a database?

Is there a way to turn my Gmail account into a database? I have tons of valuable information in my 15 gigabytes Gmail box...can you recommend exciting ways of extracting it? [more inside]
posted by skylar on Feb 3, 2011 - 6 answers

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