Hot Microsoft Office How-Tos

How To: Generate random numbers (with decimals) in Excel

This video shows you how to generate random numbers with decimals in Microsoft Excel.When generating random numbers you must have a lower and upper limit, so that your number will be generated between the two limits. For a number without decimals, you only have to use the "=randbetween" function. If you want to use decimals, you will have to use a different but similar function. Start by typing "=rand()". Next, you multiply this by the difference between the limits and add the lower limit. Fo...

How To: Create a Tangent Line with Excel

Given a function, you can easily find the slope of a tangent line using Microsoft Excel to do the dirty work. That is to say, you can input your x-value, create a couple of formulas, and have Excel calculate the secant value of the tangent slope. This is a fantastic tool for Stewart Calculus sections 2.1 and 2.2.

How To: Cross-check two lists for discrepancies in MS Excel

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 528th installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to check two data sets (lists & tables) to see if there are discrepancies using the MATCH and VLOOKUP functions.

How To: Turn off AutoCorrect symbols in Excel

In this Excel magic trick video the instructor shows how to stop automatic copyright symbol ©. While using Microsoft Excel when you type the letter c in between a pair of curved braces Excel automatically turns it into the copy symbol © even if we did not intend to use it. Now to get rid of this feature go to the file menu and then to the options menu. In the options window that pops up go to the proofing sub menu and there is a button for auto correct options. Go into it and it shows the lis...

How To: Calculate variance and standard deviation using Excel

This video shows the method to find the variance and standard deviation using Excel. The variance shows the variability of the data points from the median. We find the difference of the median and the mean. We write the formula using '=' sign. The median and data points are put in it by selecting the appropriate cell. The median is made an absolute constant by pressing the F4 key. This is squared by using '^2'. This is multiplied to the frequency using '*'. The result is found for all the dat...

How To: Create a Basic Attendance Sheet in Excel

If you're a teacher in any type of school, whether it's high school, college, or middle school, it's imperative that you keep an attendance sheet. The paper and pen route can get pretty messy, and very disorganized, and that's where Microsoft Excel comes in. With this software, you can create a simple yet functional attendance sheet to keep track of your students.

How To: Create dynamic sub tables in Microsoft Excel

New to Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly advanced as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 538th installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to create dynamic sub tables based on master sheet array as well as how to create array formulae quickly with the Drill-Through method. All this is accomplished with recourse to the COUNTIF, IF, ROWS, INDEX, SMALL, ROW functions.

How To: Build a 15-minute schedule in Microsoft Excel

Want to make a time schedule in Microsoft Excel partitioned into perfectly regimented 15-minute intervals? It's easy, provided you know how to go about it. And in this Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 543rd installment in their series of Excel magic tricks, you'll learn how to do just that using the Fill Handle. For a complete walkthrough, watch this Microsoft Office how-to.

How To: Group duplicates & extract unique records in MS Excel

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 577th installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to use SUMPRODUCT and the join symbol (&/ampersand) to group duplicates and then see how to use advanced filtering to extract a list of unique records.

How To: Update inventory records by formula in Microsoft Excel

Love Microsoft Excel? This clip contains a tip that just might induce you to. With this free video tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 348th installment of his "YouTubers Love Excel" or YTLE series of free video MS Excel lessons, you'll learn how to build a formula that will take invoice information for inventory quantity sold and update inventory records to show correct amount on hand (in stock).

How To: Enter formulas in Excel with a macro

In order to enter formulas in Excels with a macro, you will need to open your spreadsheet. Formulas are used to do calculations. Go to the field, where you want to enter a formula. Type in the formula. Then, highlight the formula. Press Control + C to copy the formula. Next, delete the contents of the cell. Press Alt + F11.

How To: Do matrix multiplication and inverse in MS Excel

This is a video about the multiplication, determination, and inverse of matrix using excel. First we have to take two matrix in excel. If you take two 3x3 matrices and multiply it then you will get a 3x3 matrix as a result. First we have to select 3x3 cells in the excel and give then a formula of =mmult(and then select the first matrix it will automatically takes the row and cell numbers, next select the second matrix). Then it will give the answer. Next if you want to find the determinant of...

How To: Rearrange parts of a text string in Microsoft Excel

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 190th installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to rearrange three parts in a text string (e.g., last, first, middle name) using the RIGHT, FIND, LEN, & LEFT functions in one formula.

How To: Calculate gross and overtime pay in Microsoft Excel

As you might guess, one of the domains in which Microsoft Excel really excels is business math. Brush up on the stuff for your next or current job with this how-to. In this tutorial from everyone's favorite digital spreadsheet guru, YouTube's ExcelIsFun, the 38th installment in his "Excel Business Math" series of free video lessons, you'll learn how to calculate gross and overtime pay in MS Excel.

How To: Calculate incentive rates by formula in MS Excel

As you might guess, one of the domains in which Microsoft Excel really excels is business math. Brush up on the stuff for your next or current job with this how-to. In this tutorial from everyone's favorite digital spreadsheet guru, YouTube's ExcelIsFun, the 39th installment in his "Excel Business Math" series of free video lessons, you'll learn how to calculate (piecework/comission) incentive rates by Excel formula.

How To: Create a sudoku puzzle in Excel with array formulas

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 242nd installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to create a sudoku puzzle using array formulas, the INDEX function with criteria and data validation.

How To: Use the IF function with letter grades in Excel

This six-minute tutorial shows you how to use the logical IF function with letter grades in Excel. The video features a sample table with a sample assigned grading scheme ranging from A to F, which is a common application of the logical IF statement in Excel. After the data is added to your Excel table, use the IF function in the respective cell or column by inputting the logical test, the value if the test is true, and the value if the test is false. In addition to showing you how to use the...

How To: Identify the first occurrence of a value in a column in Microsoft Excel

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 697th installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to create a column of 1s and 0s (ones and zeroes) where 1 indicates the first occurrence and 0 indicates any remaining duplicates.

How To: Count words separated by commas in Microsoft Excel

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 289th installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to count words separated by commas using the LEN & SUBSTITUTE functions in a formula.

How To: Generate a dynamic list from a table in MS Excel

New to Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 146th installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to extract records from table, putting one record on each sheet with records in rows. This is accomplished with Excel's VLOOKUP, COLUMN, FIND, REPLACE and CELL functions. See also how to create a formula for a sheet name (sheet tab name, works...

How To: Create a multiuser login system in Microsoft Access

The Microsoft Office Access 2007 relational database manager enables information workers to quickly track and report information with ease thanks to its interactive design capabilities that do not require deep database knowledge. In this Microsoft Access video tutorial, you'll learn about creating a multi-user login form to password protect different areas of your database.

How To: Copy and move worksheets in Microsoft Excel 2007

Learn how to copy and move sheets in MS Excel 2007. Whether you're new to Microsoft's popular spreadsheet application or a seasoned business professional just looking to better acquaint yourself with the unique features of Excel 2007, you're sure to be well served by this video tutorial. For more information, and to get started manipulating your own Excel 2007 worksheets, watch this free video guide.

How To: Increment numbers in formulas in Microsoft Excel

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 692nd installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to increment numbers in formulas to get 2,2,2,2,4,4,4,4 or 1,1,1,1,3,3,3,3 or 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4 or 11,22,33,44 using the ROWS, INT, MOD and COLUMNS functions.

How To: Quickly insert formulas in Excel

Robert demonstrates how to quickly insert formulas into Excel. To create a sum, highlight your selected cells and press the sum key. Expand the formula by clicking on the fill handle. Double click on the fill handle to expand the formula. To sum vertical columns, highlight all the cells and click the sum button. Press and hold down the control key for another shortcut to work in accordance with the auto sum button. You can also select the average for the area. You can also select the area and...

How To: Create a series AA, AB ... ZZ in Microsoft Excel

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 279th installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how use the ADDRESS, LEFT, ROW, ROWS, and COLUMN functions to create the series AA, AB, ZZ with a formula.

How To: Create a nested unique list via a pivot table in Excel

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 250th installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to create a unique list of customers within a unique list of sales representatives using a pivot table (PivotTable).

How To: Create a checkbook-balancing formula in Excel

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 233rd installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to create an efficient checkbook balance formula and see when to use the ROUND function on a sales invoice.

How To: Hide scroll bars, sheet tabs & charts in Excel

This video is a tutorial on how to remove scroll bars, sheet tabs and objects in Excel. To remove scroll bars and sheet tabs, go to the Office button, then Excel Options. On the screen that comes up go to the Advanced tab and scroll down to “Display options for this workbook”, where you will see some check boxes. Uncheck the boxes for horizontal scroll bar, vertical scroll bar and sheet tabs. This will remove them from the current workbook. This feature only works with the current workbook.

How To: Use conditional formatting for a student attendance report in Microsoft Excel

You can use conditional formatting in Microsoft Excel to create an easy attendance report for you classroom. This can also be applied to other similar types of reports. The report in this video includes the names of the students, the total possible days of attendance, the actual amount of days attended by each student, the percentage of attendance, and their rank in the class. Just follow along with the video to see how it's done.

How To: Find the largest increase in a data set in MS Excel

Looking for a primer on how to create and work with arrays in Microsoft Office Excel? You've come to the right place. In this free video tutorial from everyone's favorite MS Excel guru, YouTube's ExcelIsFun, the 12th installment in his series of Excel array formula series, you'll learn how to create array formulas for finding the largest improvement in sales from one year to the next.

How To: Break up an entry into multiple cells in MS Excel

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 8th installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to take a column of text and break it apart into separate columns using Excel's text-to-column tool.

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