EXCEL TIPS

September 9, 2020

In Excel, subtracting an Earlier Date from a Later Date will calculate the number of Days in between - which can be very useful.

However, we may need to calculate the number of Working Days between two Dates. If that is the case then NETWORKDAYS() is your goto function.  (Makes more sense if you read this as NET WORKDAYS as opposed to NETWORK DAYS)

It excludes weekends plus has an optional argument that will exclude Holidays and...

August 26, 2020

We often receive data where the Date Format is incorrect and subsequently does not load as a genuine date. (Remember, a Date is numeric, so should align to the right)

Trying to force it to be Date using the Short Date Format does not work and using Text Formula can be complex and time consuming.

The Solution? Use Text-to-Columns!

  • Highlight the cells (column) you want to convert

  • Select Text-To-Columns from the Data Ribbon

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August 12, 2020

It’s always a good idea to store ID Numbers as Text, especially as some can start with a leading zero.

The problem though, is that if you convert cells with large numbers to Text it displays it in Scientific Notation. E.g. 8605065397083 display as 8.60507E+12!

This can be one of the most frustrating things in Excel.

The Solution? Use Text-to-Columns instead.

  • Highlight the cells (column) you want to convert

  • Select Text-To-...

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