## Data Munge: Uknown combination of 7 numbers produces a given number.

Data Munging Pros: In a spreadsheet with ten data columns, Column "A" is related to columns "B" through "J" in that some unknown combination or interaction of some or all of them will produce the data in Column "A". How do we determine what that combination is? (I can't even find what this type of problem is called, and I've not been able to find any productive Google search terms.) A more thorough explanation/example is provided in-thread.
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jan 17, 2017 - 13 answers

## Excel fractions filter: add cells, display as fraction, add fractions

I'm converting an old hand-tally chart into Excel, but I'm unsure how to translate a simple portion/total fraction of cells into Excel and then add more fractions in that row. "D / (B+C)," basically.
posted by nicebookrack on Jan 12, 2017 - 9 answers

## Need spreadsheet with pivot tables, but can't really use Excel or Sheets

We have a very large Excel spreadsheet with a lot of raw sales data. I'm then creating pivot tables to look at the info in various ways to help our sales team. However, we're bumping into some severe limitations with regards security, sharing, and user-friendliness of the UI and trying to figure out if there are alternatives.
posted by edjusted on Dec 6, 2016 - 15 answers

## Best practices for Excel workbooks?

What are your best practices for error checking when creating and maintaining Excel workbooks?
posted by peacheater on Nov 29, 2016 - 13 answers

## Why is Numbers (the spreadsheet app) for ios doing this?

I use a Numbers spreadsheet on my iPhone 5S to keep track of my mileage for work. Sometimes -- but not always -- when I do a calculation, it gives me an almost-accurate but borked up number.
posted by kitty teeth on Jun 1, 2016 - 7 answers

## Summarizing daily reports in Excel

I get a daily report of activity from a set of items and I want to make a automatically-updating summary sheet (I'm fine doing this in Excel, Google Sheets, or Apple Numbers).
posted by primethyme on Apr 30, 2016 - 4 answers

## Excel Wizards, Help Me Make My Dream Calendar

Hi! I an Excel novice surrounded by fellow novices and I need help with what looks like an unexpectedly difficult setup. I make a comprehensive calendar of activities and events for a retirement home every month. This takes most of a month to plan and transcribe, and is tedious and error-prone. I want to make something better. Assume I am smart but have little programming knowledge or power user experience.
posted by skookumsaurus rex on Apr 4, 2016 - 7 answers

## How should we manage all of these RSVPs for events at our non-profit?

Hello Mefites! I'm seeking some help finding a better method for a very inefficient RSVP process here at the nonprofit where I work. Please help me come up with a better solution!
posted by smirkyfodder on Apr 4, 2016 - 9 answers

## Help me develop complicated spreadsheet

Note: NOT Homework. Real world application here. I have to come up with a spreadsheet based on a formula that allocates dollars to people based upon role and participation. I'm good at Excel but this one is boggling my mind. Details and example inside
posted by arniec on Feb 23, 2016 - 11 answers

## New Year, new spreadsheet for tracking joint and personal expenses

My partner and I have decided to track more accurately our expenses and this task is on me. We are looking for an Excel spreadsheet template that will allow us to track all our expenses by category (groceries, eating out, etc), making a distinction between personal and joint expenses. On top of that, we would like to be able to see clearly who spent how much on what.
posted by lost_lettuce on Jan 12, 2016 - 12 answers

## Excel 2013 - I have no explanation for this chart behavior. Do you?

Excel 2013 - I have no explanation for this chart behavior. Do you?
posted by radiosilents on Dec 15, 2015 - 6 answers

## Help me escape Excel hell

I need to build a database that's viewable on the web, but for internal use only, among friends. How to do this painlessly? Google spreadsheet is not exactly making it any easier.
posted by pleasebekind on Sep 10, 2015 - 9 answers

## Spreadsheet - Naming calendar quarters with custom date

I'm struggling to do something in a spreadsheet (I'm using Google Spreadsheets, but could use Mac Excel or Numbers if needed). I want to automatically fill one cell with the name of the calendar quarter (e.g. "Q3-2015") based on a user-entered date in another cell. To make it more complicated, the "quarters" don't begin/end on standard dates.
posted by primethyme on Aug 29, 2015 - 4 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.
posted by Len on Mar 5, 2015 - 13 answers

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?
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.
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?
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.
posted by thefang on Sep 25, 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

## 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.
posted by trogdole on Aug 7, 2014 - 10 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.
posted by cacofonie on Jun 19, 2014 - 17 answers

## 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

## 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
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

## 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.
posted by radiosilents on Jun 17, 2013 - 24 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

## 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?
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

## simple excel 2007 question

I need a solution to a pretty simple problem with counting instances of different text phrases in Excel.
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.
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.
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

## 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?
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?
posted by Servo5678 on Feb 17, 2012 - 5 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.
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.
posted by nevercalm on Jun 2, 2011 - 9 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

## Spreadsheet Data Sorting

Excel Spreadsheet - AutoMagically re-arrange data from one sheet to many based upon Alphabet?
posted by DrtyBlvd on Jan 28, 2011 - 7 answers

## Edit a master spreadsheet remotely with a Droid over Bluetooth?

What's the best way to edit a spreadsheet on my PC from across the room, using a Droid over Bluetooth (not WiFi)?
posted by Alabaster on Jan 13, 2011 - 3 answers

## How can I reformat some rows into columns in Excel?

How can I reformat some rows into columns in Excel?
posted by teg on Dec 6, 2010 - 14 answers

## Make 0.000 display as 0.000 and not 0 in Excel

Microsoft Excel Filter: When I type 0.000, I want the cell to display "0.000" and not "0". How do I stop all of this ridiculous autoformating in Excel for good?
posted by nickerbocker on Nov 29, 2010 - 23 answers

## What would you do with a BIG spreadsheet on a SLOW computer?

My very important spreadsheet has become too big to use without excel/calc slowing so much that I want to take an axe to the computer. Help!
posted by pootler on Oct 22, 2010 - 20 answers

## Excel 2007 Conditional Formatting

Excel 2007 conditional formatting help!
posted by rossination on Sep 25, 2010 - 4 answers

## Microsoft Excel or Substitute?

Microsoft Excel substitute (Open Office seems not to work) needed to open a spreadsheet (directory of businesses) based on macros.
posted by mbarryf on Aug 11, 2010 - 6 answers

## Spreadsheets, Databases - Help Me. Please.

posted by watercarrier on Jul 21, 2010 - 15 answers

## How does one auto-fill an Excel spreadsheet with terms?

How does one auto-fill an Excel spreadsheet with terms from another data source?
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Jul 20, 2010 - 9 answers

## Filtering an Excel Spreadsheet

Problems filtering a large Excel worksheet that resides on a shared drive.
posted by rhapsodie on May 17, 2010 - 7 answers

## Dear Excel 2003, I need my columns back.

A few questions about Excel 2003.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Apr 30, 2010 - 10 answers

## Need to print Excel spreadsheet so it turns out like a vertically-folded half-sheet card.

Need to print Excel spreadsheet so it turns out like a vertically-folded half-sheet card.
posted by beammeup4 on Mar 23, 2010 - 7 answers

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