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ExcelTips (ribbon) for 28 February 2015

Charts and charting
Changing Text in Text Boxes on a Chart

Macros allow you to make changes to virtually anything you can see in Excel. This tip examines how to make changes (even without a macro) to the text displayed in a text box inserted in a chart.

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(Thanks to Steve Aprahamian, Bob Beechey, David Sheperd, Brent Montague, and Don Bruck for contributing to this tip.)

Creating a Workbook Clone

If you are afraid of messing up a workbook, consider doing your work on a clone of the workbook. Excel provides an easy way to create the clone.

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Formatting Made Powerful

Discover one of the foundational building blocks of Excel. Custom formats are the basis for all cell-level formatting in Excel, and you can master their use. Display your data exactly and precisely as you want.

Column formatting
Hiding Columns Based on a Cell Value

Need to hide a given column based on the value in a particular cell? The easiest way to accomplish the task is to use a macro; several are highlighted in this tip.

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Macros extend Excel
Clearing the Undo Stack in a Macro

Excel keeps track of the actions you take so that you can undo those actions if any are taken in error. You may want to clear that list of actions (called the undo stack); it's easier than you think.

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Dividing the Screen Unevenly between Two Workbooks

Often when I have two workbooks open, I use Arrange | Horizontal to view them simultaneously. This divides the space evenly between the two workbooks. However, it often happens that I would like to see only a few rows of data in one workbook and many rows in the other. Is there a convenient way to manually size the smaller workbook and have Excel fill the remaining space on the screen with the second workbook?
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