Doors will Open Soon

I've had some folks ask when I'm going to again open the doors to my Excel Macros for Beginners course. The last time I did so was before the holidays, and now that the holidays are over, I know many of you are chomping at the bit to accomplish that New Year's resolution to finally figure out how to create and use macros.

So you can keep your eyes peeled, my plan right now is to again open the doors on March 1. I'll send out a special announcement when that time rolls around, as I don't want you to miss the opportunity.

Until then, I hope you enjoy the tips in this week's issue of the newsletter.


ExcelTips (ribbon) for 6 February 2016

Column formatting
Widening Multiple Columns Proportionally

It is easy to adjust the width of columns in Excel. It is much harder to adjust the width of a range of columns proportionally. This tip provides a macro that can make the proportional adjustment easy.

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(Thanks to Michael Avidan (MVP) and Bob Beechey for contributing to this tip.)

Excel can calculate date in lightening time
Setting Page Margins

When getting ready to print your worksheet, you may want to take a moment to check what margins Excel will use on the printout. The program makes it easy to modify the margins of your printed page.

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Returning a Worksheet Name

Need to know the name of the current worksheet? You can use the CELL function as the basis for finding this information and putting it in a cell.

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(Thanks to Michael Avidan (MVP) for helping with this tip.)

Inserting a Radical Symbol

The radical symbol is used frequently in some branches of mathematics. If you want to insert a radical symbol in a cell, here's how to go about it.

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Help Wanted

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Getting a Conditional Count of Cells Containing Values

The formula =SUMIF(B1:B100,"Current",D1:D100) provides the sum of the values in column D, provided the corresponding cell in column B contains the text "Current". What I actually need is a count of the values in column D when column B contains "Current". (The count of values in D may well be different than the number of instances of "Current" in B.) I wish it was a simple as changing SUMIF to COUNTIF, but that produces an error.
—Kenneth Bachelor (provide an answer for this Help Wanted question)

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