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Exploring Microsoft Excel’s Hidden Treasures

By : David Ringstrom
Book Image

Exploring Microsoft Excel’s Hidden Treasures

By: David Ringstrom

Overview of this book

David Ringstrom coined the phrase “Either you work Excel, or it works you!” after observing how many users carry out tasks inefficiently. In this book, you’ll learn how to get more done with less effort. This book will enable you to create resilient spreadsheets that are easy for others to use as well, while incorporating spreadsheet disaster preparedness techniques. The time-saving techniques covered in the book include creating custom shortcuts and icons to streamline repetitive tasks, as well as automating them with features such as Tables and Custom Views. You’ll see how Conditional Formatting enables you to apply colors, Cell icons, and other formatting on-demand as your data changes. You’ll be empowered to protect the integrity of spreadsheets and increase usability by implementing internal controls, and understand how to solve problems with What-If Analysis features. In addition, you’ll master new features and functions such as XLOOKUP, Dynamic Array functions, LET and LAMBDA, and Power Query, while learning how to leverage shortcuts and nuances in Excel. By the end of this book, you’ll have a broader awareness of how to avoid pitfalls in Excel. You’ll be empowered to work more effectively in Excel, having gained a deeper understanding of the frustrating oddities that can arise daily in Excel.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
1
Part 1: Improving Accessibility
6
Part 2:Spreadsheet Interactivity and Automation
12
Part 3: Data Analysis

Part 1: Improving Accessibility

The Merriam-Webster dictionary offers five different definitions for the word “accessibility”. This part will focus on two of the five definitions, “being in reach” and “easily used or accessed by people with disabilities.” The first chapter addresses both definitions by showing you resources in Excel that can bring more features and functions within your reach, as well as illustrating how adapting spreadsheets for those that have disabilities actually makes things easier for everyone. There are not many things worse to an Excel user than having your work suddenly vanish from the screen, so the second chapter shares ways that you can defend against Excel crashes and better understand some of Excel’s messaging. The third chapter is all about streamlining access to Excel features by way of built-in as well as customizable shortcuts, including showing you the way to revive features you may have thought...