So Far Away

Every time a new year rolls around, I think back to my younger years. I used to look forward and wonder "where I would be in the year 2000" or some other year. All those far-off years seemed so far distant.

Here we are now in 2015. Life still goes on with challenges and joys. I hope that as you are marching resolutely through the first month of the new year that you are enjoying what life has to throw your way.

Have a great week!


ExcelTips (ribbon) for 24 January 2015

Find and Replace
Finding and Replacing with Subscripts

Want to use Find and Replace to change the formatting of a cell's contents? You would be out of luck; Excel won't let you do it. Here's a macro that can shed light on how to do the formatting, though.

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(Thanks to Steve Aprahamian, Jacques Raubenheimer, Andrija Vrcan, and Marcel Beugelsdijk for contributing to this tip.)

Excel can calculate date in lightening time
Working in Feet and Inches

Your chosen occupation may require that you work with linear distances in feet and inches. Excel can do this, to a degree, but you need to understand what the limitations are.

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Are You Foundering at Filtering?

We have all experienced the frustration inherent with using Excel filters. Stop foundering when filtering your data by getting your copy of ExcelTips: Filters and Filtering today. More info available online.

Incomplete and Corrupt Sorting

Using the sorting tools, on the toolbar, may result in some unwanted results, such as jumbled data. If this happens to you, the best thing to do (as described in this tip) is to figure out exactly what is being sorted by Excel.

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Detecting Types of Sheets in VBA

When processing workbook information in a macro, you may need to step through each worksheet to make some sort of changes. It is helpful to know what type of worksheets you are working with so that you don't try to make changes on an inappropriate worksheet.

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Inadvertantly Getting Rid of Frozen Panes

I have a worksheet with many rows and columns of data. I have frozen the first row and column by making cell B2 active and then freezing panes. This works as I want it to. I can even save and close the workbook, and the panes are still frozen when I reopen it. However, if I open a new window for the workbook (View | Window | New Window), the new window does not have frozen panes. As I have frozen panes on many worksheets in this workbook, I have to be very careful about which window I close first. If I close the original window first, when I save the workbook it saves all the unfrozen worksheets. Is there a way to get the new window to retain the frozen panes settings?
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