Back Home Again

I'm not sure if you've gathered it from my newsletter musings or not, but April has been a busy travel month. In fact, it has been much busier than normal. Today is (obviously) April 25, and I've only spent 6 nights at home this whole month. That makes it a challenge to stay on top of work that needs to be done (as I've found out).

But, I'm back home now and not traveling for a while, which is a good thing. Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.

I hope you enjoy the tips in this week's newsletter.


ExcelTips (ribbon) for 25 April 2015

Customizing Excel
Getting Rid of Numbered Columns

Excel normally refers to columns as A, B, C, etc. It also has a referencing format that allows columns to be referred to by number (1, 2, 3, etc.). Having Excel pop into this alternative referencing format all on its own can be a frustrating experience. Here's what is happening and how to fix it.

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(Thanks to Janet Donbavand, Guy Goodwin, David Prout, Harvey Phillips, Steve Aprahamian, Steve Lindquist, Barb Lange, Keith Waid, Mick Weiss, Bob Abrams, Nikolopoulos Ioannis, Jacques Raubenheimer, Bob Beechey, Dan Liddle, Carl Willems, Cindy Hannah, and Sew Sewram for contributing to this tip.)

Custom formats
Using a Custom Format to Add Dashes

Want some dashes automatically added in values you display in a cell? It may be trickier to develop a custom format than you thought, particularly if the values are alphanumeric.

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Charts and charting
Printing a Chart Across Multiple Pages

Wouldn't it be great to have your huge charts print out on multiple pieces of paper that you could then piece together? While Excel doesn't provide this capability directly, this tip looks at some ways that you can get the multi-page printout you want.

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Pulling Text from a Cell and Placing It in a Shape

Graphic shapes you add to your worksheet can easily contain text-just click on the shape and start typing away. You may want the text in the shape to be based on the contents of a cell in your worksheet. This is easy to do by following these steps.

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Help Wanted

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Changing Cell Values while Printing

I want to print four copies of a worksheet, but have the value of cell A7 change for each copy. The four values are "Original," "Duplicate," "File," and "Driver." All other data being the same, how can I change the text of cell A7 while printing?
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