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ExcelTips (ribbon) for 25 October 2014

Pasting Excel Data within Word's Page Margins

The programs in the Microsoft Office suite are designed to work with each other easily. Sometimes there can be hiccups along the path of data bliss, however. This tip examines ways you can paste Excel data into a Word document without extending past the document margins.

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(Thanks to Zulfiqar Meghani, Brian Hershman, Guy Goodwin, Vincent Dutter, Jacques Raubenheimer, Bob Beechey, and Carole Haley for contributing to this tip.)

Generating Double-Digit Random Numbers

Normally you use the RAND and RANDBETWEEN functions to generate random numbers. What if you want to generate random numbers within a certain range but exclude some numbers in that range? Here's some ideas on how to get what you want.

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Worksheet structure
Floating Information in a Frozen Row

You can freeze information in rows or columns using one of the built-in features of Excel. As you move up or down in the worksheet, the information in the first rows can remain visible. If you want something in a row to always remain visible as you move left and right, the proposition becomes a bit trickier. This tip explains a couple of ways you can approach the problem.

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Macros extend Excel
Inserting the Current Time with Seconds

If you need to insert the current time, with seconds, then you'll need the macro discussed in this tip. It's easy to use and can give you just the information you need.

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AutoFilling Numbers with a Trailing Period

I want to AutoFill a column of sequential numbers as "1.", "2.", etc., through "150.". The AutoFill will only work without the trailing period, but I want the period there. Is there a way to make this work as I'd like?
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