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101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks and Timesavers

By : John Walkenbach
Book Image

101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks and Timesavers

By: John Walkenbach

Overview of this book

Excel is a popular program. Millions of people throughout the world use it on a regular basis. But it’s a safe bet that the vast majority of users have yet to discover some of the amazing things this product can do. 101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks, & Timesavers?is packed with information that you need to know in order to confidently and seamlessly master the challenges that come with using Excel! Excel 2013 is excellent, but there's lots to learn to truly excel at Excel! In this latest addition to his popular Mr. Spreadsheet's Bookshelf series, John Walkenbach, aka "Mr. Spreadsheet," shares new and exciting ways to accomplish and master all of your spreadsheet tasks. From taming the Ribbon bar to testing and tables, creating custom functions, and overcoming "impossible" charts, mixing nesting limits, and more,?101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks, & Timesavers?will save you time and help you avoid common spreadsheet stumbling blocks.
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Tip 64: Using Flash Fill to Extract Data

When you import data, it’s often necessary to clean up some of the text. For example, names may appear in uppercase that they should be in proper case. One approach is to use formulas to modify the text (see Tip 57). Another approach uses a feature introduced in Excel 2013: Flash Fill.

Flash Fill uses pattern recognition to extract data (and also concatenate data) from adjoining columns. Just enter a few examples in a column that’s adjacent to the data, and then choose Data⇒Data Tools⇒Flash Fill (or press Ctrl+E). Excel analyzes the examples you typed and attempts to fill in the remaining cells. If Excel didn’t recognize the pattern you had in mind, press Ctrl+Z, add another example or two, and try again.

Changing the case of text

Figure 64-1 shows a list of U.S. presidents in column A. Column B shows the result of using Flash Fill to convert the text to proper case.

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