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Why don't they teach us how to prep the numbers as well as how to crunch them?

ExcelFilter: How to combine the data from three spreadsheets into one spreadsheet? (But wait, there's more!) [more inside]
posted by smirkette on Mar 26, 2012 - 10 answers

How to get Excel to search multiple files?

How do I get Excel to search through multiple files and extract data into a separate worksheet? [more inside]
posted by panboi on Mar 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Manage my Finances

Does anyone else manage their finances in excel? How exactly do you do it? I would like to manage my (pretty straight forward) personal finances. Alternatives to excel welcome. [more inside]
posted by bruinbruin on Mar 17, 2012 - 19 answers

How do I make a dartboard-type chart for the web?

I made an awesome dartboard-type chart in Excel, but now I'm trying to put it on the web. Help!! [more inside]
posted by snapped on Mar 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Dumb Excel question

Excel-Filter: I am using Excel 2011 (for Mac, if it matters). I want to create a simple X-Y chart of two columns. That's it. Should be simple. But I must be missing something. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on Mar 12, 2012 - 3 answers

EXCEL QUESTION LOL

I have a data set of user activity. It records every time an activity is completed by a user, with the date and user ID attatched. I need to tally up the number of times, by user, the user completes the activity on a unique day. [more inside]
posted by Patbon on Mar 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Need some pointers on creating a simple inventory database

Need help setting up a simple Access database. I'm trying to reconcile a bunch of inventory, which is all recorded in multiple Excel spreadsheets. I want to import all the Excel files into an Access database so I can match them up all at the same time. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus on Feb 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Help with Excel formula and table

I need to a formula that will calculate accumulated points based on the number of sales an employee had during a quarter, when there are certain milestones he or she has met. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Feb 21, 2012 - 8 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

Don't people do this every day?

I want to do something ridiculously simple in Excel that doesn't seem to be possible. Please tell me that's not true. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Feb 10, 2012 - 17 answers

How can I create a sheet for each row in Excel?

ExcelFilter: Is there a way to create a sheet for every row in Excel? [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness on Feb 9, 2012 - 15 answers

Comparing Excel Sheets for Sanity and Such Things

ExcelFilter: Compare rows for data changes? I want to find out whether row values are different between two sheets on records that match. [more inside]
posted by kensch on Feb 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Excel SUMIF function - what condition am I looking for?

ExcelFilter: how do I get SUMIF to work so that if a cell in the reference range is blank, the corresponding cell in the sum range is picked up in the sum? [more inside]
posted by sillymama on Jan 31, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I force Relative Cell References into a Conditional Formatting Forumual in Excel

In Excel I have 2 columns with dates in them. D1:D20 Start Date G1:G20 End Date. I want to highlight the cell in the range G1:G20 if the date is more than 14 days form the date in D1:D20. Obvious answer is conditional formatting, but I can't seem to create a formula with relative cell references. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Jan 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Mail merge decimal woes

Mail merge woes - how can I get these decimals to display properly? [more inside]
posted by mai on Jan 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Excel woes - automatic sums including dates?

In Excel, is there an easy way to make the sum of a column automatically ignore cells that contain date information? Also, is there a way to freeze both the top row and first column so they are always visible? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi on Jan 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me break Excel to my will with a perfect formula

An Excelfilter question, because I cannot for the life of me figure out how to do this without getting an error or making Excel crash... [more inside]
posted by yasaman on Jan 12, 2012 - 20 answers

Don't select what I selected, select what YOU think you should select!

Help me understand how to make a macro do what I want it to do - automatically select the relevant area instead of a previously recorded cell range. [more inside]
posted by komara on Jan 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Excel is the death of me!

I have about 200 separate Excel spreadsheets that I need to change one field in. There is a date in G4 that needs to be the same in each sheet. Is there way way to do this without opening, editing, and saving each sheet one at a time?
posted by keep it tight on Dec 19, 2011 - 10 answers

scraping pdf content?

I have about 4000 pdfs that i need to scrape data from and put into a database. [more inside]
posted by buttercup on Dec 11, 2011 - 8 answers

When control-v seems too obvious...

Excel skills required for a particular job… I'm not sure what they are asking for. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 - 9 answers

Make Excel stop babysitting me.

Excel is treating me like a child because it thinks I can't tell the difference between .csv and .xlsx. It's wasting my time. Help? [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Dec 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Excel for People who don't know anything

Excel issue. Tried looking on the internet, had no success. Can y'all help? Selecting and deleting multiple nonadjacent rows. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Dec 2, 2011 - 18 answers

How to prevent accepted tracked changes from carrying over into an excel + word + outlook email to 50 people?

Hi everyone, Hoping someone can help me sort this problem ... It's a excel + microsoft word document + mail merge to outlook email to 50 people. I am trying to help someone out - this is is as it just as it was described to me: Track changes were accepted and turned off and the email looked as it should - so off went 50 customized emails. ..unfortunately the sent email then shows that all the emails are sent showing all of the tracked change revision markings! Sorry if this is too vague. Thanks for your efforts :)
posted by anewnormal on Nov 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Excel Macros For Dummies

Explain to me Excel macros and how I can learn to program them (assume that I know absolutely nothing, because that would be correct). [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Nov 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Weighted regression?

Excel statistics question (linear regression with weighted data points) [more inside]
posted by dabug on Nov 30, 2011 - 9 answers

Free online graphing app that plays well with Excel?

Asking for a colleague: "Back in October 2008, I found a free online app that uploaded data from Excel and produced (very pretty) charts and graphs. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep track of the website, and I’m having trouble tracking it down again. Most of the free graphing apps I’ve found online today require that you manually input the data; I’m looking for something that will more easily upload a set of data from Excel."
posted by lassie on Nov 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Can I create pivot table from subset of data?

Can I create pivot table from subset of data? If not, is there another way to do what I want to do? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Nov 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me become a spreadsheet power user

How do I become a spreadsheet power user? And do I have to get Excel to do it? (Or can I stick with LibreOffice/Google Docs?) [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Nov 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Excel Find and Replace

Excel - Find and Replace -- I use the excel function find and replace often. One spreadsheet finds it instantly. Another searches each cell and takes longer. I stopped updating the instant one before I noticed the effect. Windows xp -- Office 2007 I'd like to have more of the instant search.
posted by notned on Nov 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Excel formula help

Help me write an Excel formula to extract specific data from a list? [more inside]
posted by genesta on Oct 26, 2011 - 8 answers

How to excel?

ExcelFilter: Currently using a clunky nested for loop - is there some way to make this more efficient? [more inside]
posted by hot soup on Oct 25, 2011 - 2 answers

Can this excel sorting macro be made to work on any selected range?

Inside is a recorded excel macro, designed to sort a specific range of cells on a specific worksheet from smallest to largest, from left to right, using the values in a specific range of cells in a row. Is there a way to edit this macro so that it will do the same sort on any selected group of cells on any worksheet? [more inside]
posted by Lentrohamsanin on Oct 20, 2011 - 2 answers

ExcelFilter: Conditional copying between worksheets

ExcelFilter: I'd like to copy the contents of cells from one sheet to another, based on the value of a cell in the first sheet. I'm struggling the proper vocabulary to Google this problem effectively. [more inside]
posted by cramer on Oct 19, 2011 - 8 answers

help me excel at excel

Excel-filter: Is there a way to copy a formula from a cell on one sheet (e.g., page 4) to a different cell on a different sheet (page 1), where the total from page 4 is carried over to page 1? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Oct 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me find (and change color of) similar data in Excel!

Excel 2007 issue: I'm trying to have Excel mark matching data in two columns with some kind of color or formatting. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Oct 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me Excel at Excel(tm)

Recommendations for an online Excel refresher course, preferably free, that will make me an Excel God Master Wizard user compentant enough not to embarrass myself in 72 hours? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Sep 29, 2011 - 7 answers

help anonymize data

Is there a way to Anonymize various excel columns to protect privacy during a presentation? [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on Sep 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Shortcut to view list of worksheets in Excel?

I have reason to believe that in Microsoft Excel 2002 (PC) there is a shortcut that makes a menu pop up at the bottom of the worksheet (where the tabs are), that contains a list of all of the sheets in the current workbook, that you can use to go from sheet to sheet. What is the shortcut? [more inside]
posted by periscope on Sep 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Match multiple columns in excel/access

I'm trying to merge multiple month's worth of data into one master spreadsheet with a master column on the left, and individual month's counts on the right. My data is laid out as such: [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Sep 8, 2011 - 3 answers

How can I find the average of multiple columns in excel without selecting each individual row that I want averaged?

How can I find the average of multiple columns in excel without selecting each individual row that I want averaged? [more inside]
posted by gibbsjd77 on Sep 2, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I get two different justifications in an Excel cell?

Excel question: I'm making a calendar/schedule in Excel, and I have the dates (numbers) aligned in the bottom right corner. I want to add information and text, though, starting in the top left corner. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Aug 31, 2011 - 4 answers

Excel function/filtering. Help!

In Excel, how would I do the following: if a cell in a certain column has a duplicate in that column, plus the corresponding cell in that row but another column is blank, delete the whole row? [more inside]
posted by dust.wind.dude on Aug 10, 2011 - 12 answers

Recovering lost data due to text-formatting?

Asking for a friend: I was entering some data into excel and I realized it was changing gene names into dates. E.g. there is a gene in my dataset called SEPT5 and Excel automatically makes this into Sep-05. If I manually set the column as text, it inexplicably changes the cell to a 5-digit number that represents that date, in this case 38596. [more inside]
posted by empath on Aug 10, 2011 - 21 answers

Automatically populate cells in Excel?

How do I get Excel to automatically populate the cell in a certain column when I have manually populated the cells in the other columns of the same row? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Aug 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Oh, Loathe is too nice a word...

How can I use a column in an excel sheet to automatically become the comments for a corresponding column? [more inside]
posted by rich on Aug 6, 2011 - 3 answers

Variable view? We don't have no stinkin' variable view.

I know my way around SPSS, but I may shortly be required to do a lot of data analysis using only Excel. Where is the best place for me to learn advanced Excel skills online, with an emphasis on data management and analysis, rather than accounting?
posted by embrangled on Aug 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Panning for email addresses

How do I sort the (potentially) real email addresses from the garbage data in Excel 2003? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Jul 29, 2011 - 4 answers

I have too many conditions for Excel

Using Excel 2000, I need to do conditional formatting with 5 options. This isn't possible with actual conditional formatting, but it is possible using Visual Basic. Unfortunately, I know nothing about Visual Basic. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by jeather on Jul 22, 2011 - 23 answers

Line graph of a range of possible rates?

Is there an accepted way to graphically represent rates when small sample data is anonymized? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass on Jul 21, 2011 - 9 answers

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