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Permutations with and without repetition

I discussed the difference between permutations and combinations in my last post, today I want to talk about two kinds […]

Return all combinations

Today I have two functions I would like to demonstrate, they calculate all possible combinations from a cell range. What […]

Filter duplicate files in a folder and subfolders

This is a follow up to my last post Compare file names in two different folder locations and their subfolders, the obvious […]

Compare file names in two different folder locations and their sub folders

Today I would like to share a macro that compares the content in two different folders and their subfolders. It […]

How to use the LIKE OPERATOR

The LIKE operator allows you to match a string to a pattern using Excel VBA. The image above demonstrates a […]

5 easy ways to VLOOKUP and return multiple values

This post explains how to lookup a value and return multiple values. No array formula required.

True round-robin tournament

Mark G asks in Create a random playlist in excel: Can this example be modified to create a true round-robin […]

INDEX MATCH – multiple results

The array formula in cell E6 extracts values from column C when the corresponding value in column B matches the […]

How to save specific multiple worksheets to a pdf file programmatically

This article demonstrates macros that save worksheets to a single pdf file. What's on this webpage Export all worksheets in […]

Find cells containing formulas with literal (hardcoded) values

This article describes different ways to locate literal or hardcoded values in formulas. The image above shows the result from […]

How to use the LOOKUP function

Finds a value in a sorted cell range and returns a value on the same row.

How to enter array formulas in merged cells

Have you ever tried to enter an array formula in merged cells? Then you are familiar with this error message: […]

How to use the PMT function

The PMT function returns the payment amount needed for borrowing a fixed sum of money based on constant payments and […]

How to use the COLUMN function

The COLUMN function returns the column number of the top-left cell of a cell reference. If the argument is not […]

How to use the INDIRECT function

The INDIRECT function returns the cell reference based on a text string and shows the content of that cell reference. […]

Find the most/least consecutive repeated value [VBA]

This post Find the longest/smallest consecutive sequence of a value has a few really big array formulas. Today I would like to […]

Extract the most repeated adjacent values in a column

The array formula in cell D3 returns the the length of longest consecutive sequence of a value in column A.  Cell […]

How to use the TEXTTOCOLUMNS method

The TextToColumns method puts a cell that contains a string into substrings and distributes them horizontally using a delimiting character […]

Text to columns: Split words in a cell

This blog article describes how to split strings in a cell with space as a delimiting character, like Text to […]

How to use the SPLIT function [VBA]

The picture above shows a user-defined function (UDF) that splits the string in cell C3 using a delimiting character ",". […]

Working with classic ciphers in Excel

What's on this page Reverse text Insert random characters Convert letters to numbers How to shuffle characters in the alphabet […]

Count comma separated values

This article demonstrates formulas that count values in cell based on a delimiting character. The image above shows a formula […]

Search for a sequence of cells based on wildcard search

This article demonstrates array formulas that perform a wildcard search based on a sequence of values. The formulas return the […]

Search for a sequence of values

This article demonstrates array formulas that identify two search values in a row or in a sequence. The image above […]

Search all workbooks in a folder and sub folders

This article demonstrates a macro that allows you to search for a text string in multiple worksheets and workbooks located […]

How to create a list of comments from a worksheet programmatically

Did you know that you can select all cells containing comments in the current sheet? Press F5, click "Special..." button, […]

How to replace columns with pictures in a column chart

I found an interesting chart on CNN's website: Rise of the supersize rugby player It shows the average height of athletes […]

How to use the SUM function

The SUM function in Excel allows you to add values, the function returns the sum in the cell it is […]

Build a comparison table/chart

I found a chart that I wanted to show you how to build. It contains values both horizontally and vertically, […]

Add pictures to a chart axis

This article demonstrates how to insert pictures to a chart axis, the picture above shows a column chart with country […]

How to use the IF function

Checks if a logical expression is met. Returns a specific value if TRUE and another specific value if FALSE.

How to group items by quarter using formulas

This article demonstrates two formulas, the first formula counts items by quarter and the second formula extracts the corresponding items […]

How to copy Excel tables programmatically

The image above demonstrates a macro linked to a button. Click the button and the macro runs. It copies the […]

How to highlight row of the selected cell programmatically

Today I would like to share with you these small event handler procedures that make it easier for you to […]

Compare two lists and filter unique values where the sum in one column doesn’t match the other column

How would you figure out an unique list where the sum of in one column doesn't match the other column? […]

How to customize the chart area

The chart area contains all components. If you choose to format the chart area you can change things like border, […]

How to customize the chart title

I recommend that the chart title is short and easy to understand. How to add a chart title Follow these […]

How to customize chart axis titles

The x-axis and y-axis titles are just as easy to format and customize as the other chart elements. How to […]

How to customize chart axis

  Most Excel charts consist of an x-axis and a y-axis, Excel allows you to easily change the looks of […]

How to customize the chart legend

You can easily customize the font, font size, font color etc of the chart legend: Select legend. Go to tab […]

How to customize chart tick marks

The image above shows tick mars in a line chart, there are two types of tick marks, major and minor […]

How to customize a chart data series

To change the looks of a data series simply double-click with left mouse button on the data series. If you […]

How to customize the plot area

The plot area refers to the location of the chart that displays the actual data represented by lines, bars, columns, […]

Finding the shortest path – A * pathfinding

Two months ago I posted some interesting stuff I found: Shortest path. Let me explain, someone created a workbook that calculated […]

Move data to workbooks

This article demonstrates a VBA macro that saves user input to a given workbook and worksheet programmatically. Macros are great […]

How to use the RANDARRAY function

The RANDARRAY function returns a table of random numbers across rows and columns. It is located in the Math and […]

Excel chart components

  Charts in Microsoft Excel lets you visualize, analyze and explain data. Charting in Excel is very easy and you […]

How to use the SEQUENCE function

The SEQUENCE function creates a list of sequential numbers to a cell range or array. It is located in the […]

How to use the WEEKDAY function

Converts a date to a weekday number from 1 to 7. Formula in cell D3: =WEEKDAY(B3) Excel Function Syntax WEEKDAY(serial_number,[return_type]) […]

How to use the MOD function

The Mod function returns the remainder after a number is divided by a divisor. The Mod function is short for […]

How to use the BETADIST function

The BETADIST function calculates the beta distribution representing an outcome in the form of probability. This function is in the compatibility […]

Rearrange values using formulas

The picture above shows data presented in only one column (column B), this happens sometimes when you get an undesired […]

Search for a text string and return multiple adjacent values

This article demonstrates array formulas that search for cell values containing a search string and returns corresponding values on the […]

Extract unique distinct values from a filtered Excel defined Table [UDF and Formula]

This article demonstrates two formulas that extract distinct values from a filtered Excel Table, one formula for Excel 365 subscribers […]

How to remove numbers from a cell value

This article demonstrates an array formula that extracts all characters except numbers from a cell, cell C3 contains the formula […]

How to use the SORTBY function

The SORTBY function allows you to sort values from a cell range or array based on a corresponding cell range […]

How to use the SORT function

The SORT function lets you sort values from a cell range or array. It returns an array with a size […]

How to use the FILTER function

The FILTER function lets you extract values/rows based on a condition or criteria. It is in the Lookup and reference category […]

How to use the UNIQUE function

The UNIQUE function is a very versatile Excel function, it lets you extract both unique and unique distinct values and […]

How to use the ADDRESS function

The ADDRESS function returns the address of a specific cell, you need to provide a row and column number. Formula […]

Vlookup with 2 or more lookup criteria and return multiple matches

VLOOKUP and return multiple matches based on many criteria.

Unique distinct list sorted alphabetically based on a condition

Update 17 December 2020, the new FILTER, UNIQUE, and SORT functions are now available for Excel 365 users. =SORT(UNIQUE(FILTER(C3:C11, E3=B3:B11))) […]

Lookup multiple values in different columns and return multiple values

Jason C asks: I have a set of data, like the one you used in the original example that also […]

Extract all rows from a range that meet criteria in one column

Lookup with criteria and return records.

Filter unique distinct records

Table of contents Filter unique distinct row records Filter unique distinct row records but not blanks Filter unique distinct row […]

Filter unique values sorted from A to Z

A unique value is a value that only exists once in a list. A unique distinct list contains all cell values […]

Extract a unique distinct list sorted from A to Z ignore blanks

The image above demonstrates a formula in cell D3 that extracts unique distinct numbers and text values sorted from A […]

Extract a unique distinct list and ignore blanks

Question: How do I extract a unique distinct list from a column containing blanks? Answer: Cell range B3:B12 contains several blank […]

Extract a unique distinct list sorted from A to Z

The array formula in cell D3 extracts unique distinct values sorted A to Z, from column B to column D. […]

How to extract a case sensitive unique list from a column

My definition of unique values are values that exist only once in a cell range. The image below shows you […]

5 easy ways to extract Unique Distinct Values

First, let me explain the difference between unique values and unique distinct values, it is important you know the difference […]

How to use the Subtotal tool

What's on this page Prepare data Sort data Start the Subtotal tool Subtotals on multiple levels Dialog box settings Remove […]

How to use the VAR.S function

The VAR.S function tries to estimate the variance based on a sample of the population. The function ignores logical and […]

How to use the STDEV.P function

The STDEV.P function returns standard deviation based on the entire population. The standard deviation is how widely numbers are distributed […]

How to use the STDEV function

The STDEV function calculates the standard deviation of a group of values. The standard deviation shows how much the values […]

Sort and return unique distinct single digits from cell range

This article demonstrates a formula that filters unique distinct single digits from a cell range containing numbers. Cell range B3:B6 […]

Print screen the entire worksheet

This article demonstartes different techniques on how to take a screenshot of your worksheet. You can do that by simply […]

Highlight unique values in a filtered Excel table

This article demonstrates a conditional formatting formula that allows you to highlight unique values based on a set of filtered […]

Customize Excel maze

Terry wants to make a different sized maze and I think that is a great idea. Perhaps you remember that I […]

Find last matching value in an unsorted list

This article demonstrates a formula that returns the last matching value based on a given condition. The above image shows […]

Solve a maze programmatically in Excel

This article demonstrates a macro that finds a way between a start and an end point in a maze.  My […]

Build a maze programmatically in Excel

The image above shows the creation of a maze located on a worksheet. A macro builds this maze randomly, a […]

How to animate a line chart

This article demonstrates how to create an animation using a line chart in Excel. The user selects a series in […]

Merge tables based on a condition

This article demonstrates techniques on how to merge or combine two data sets using a condition. The top left data […]

How to animate an Excel Bar Chart

This article demonstrates macros that animate bars in a chart bar. The image above shows a bar chart that animates […]

Lookup value based on two critera – second criteria is the adjacent value and its position in a given list

This article demonstrates a formula that extracts items based on two conditions. The first condition (Location) is used to find […]

Multi-level To-Do list template

Today I will share a To-do list excel template with you. You can add text to the sheet and an […]

How to animate an Excel chart

This article demonstrates how to create a chart that animates the columns when filtering chart data. The columns change incrementally […]

Color chart columns based on cell color

This article demonstrates macros that automatically changes the chart bar colors based on the corresponding cell, the first example is […]

Highlight a group of chart bars

This article demonstrates how to highlight a group of bars in a chart bar, the techniques shown here works fine […]

Sort by multiple columns

This article demonstrates how to sort a data set by multipe columns using the SORTBY function, Ecel Table and Excel […]

Search all workbooks in a folder

Today I'll show you how to search all Excel workbooks with file extensions xls, xlsx and xlsm in a given folder for a […]

All you need to know about calculating NAV units for your stock portfolio

This blog article explains in greater detail how to determine stock portfolio performance based on units of NAV (Net Asset […]

Lookup and return multiple sorted values based on corresponding values in another column

This article demonstrates a formula that extracts values based on a condition and sorts the returned values based on values […]

Customize the ribbon and how to add your macros

Save links to your favorite macros in a personal tab on the ribbon for easy access and become more productive. […]

Identify rows of overlapping records

This article demonstrates a formula that points out row numbers of records that overlap the current record based on a […]

Remove print preview lines (Page Breaks)

Have you ever wondered how these lines got there on a worksheet? They show where pages will break, in other […]

Compare two columns and extract differences

This article demonstrates a formula that extracts values that exist only in one column out of two columns. There are […]

How to filter chart data

What if you want to show a selection of a data set on a chart and easily change that selection? […]

How to use the SIN function

The SIN function calculates the sine of an angle. Formula in cell C3: =SIN(B3) Excel Function Syntax SIN(number) Arguments number […]