A Quiet Week

Not much to report from the Wyatt household this week. Things have been quiet (even for my birthday on June 11) and we are enjoying great weather as we start to officially pass from spring into summer. (The summer solstice for the Northern Hemisphere occurs in less than a week.)

I hope that all is going well in your corner of the world.


ExcelTips (ribbon) for 15 June 2019

Data Validation
Complex Data Input Limitations

Data Validation is a great tool in Excel for making sure that whatever is entered in a cell matches your specific criteria. This tip looks at how you can combine desired limitations into a single formula that can be used with Data Validation.

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(Thanks to Ron Solecki, Steve Aprahamian, Harold Druss, Raymond Guzman, Dennis Riddle, Elliot Penna, Jos Graindor, Patrick Sedgwick, Ryszard Raciborski, Wayne Edmondson, Erik Oberg, Bob Beechey, Andrija Vrcan, John Snow, Peter Crosby, Jim Stevens, Dan McGovern, and Harr Ruchti for contributing to this tip.)

Using Very Long Worksheet Tab Names

Excel places a limit on how many characters you can use in a worksheet name. This tip discusses that limit and provides some easy workarounds you could try if you need to use longer names.

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Lookup Exactly the Data You Want

Excel's lookup functions are easily the most powerful worksheet functions you can use. Master these seven functions you'll never again view a worksheet full of data in the same way. The power these functions provide you is anything but small. Take your first step today!

Excel can calculate date in lightening time
Editing the Custom Spelling Dictionaries

When spell-checking a worksheet, Excel relies on both built-in and custom dictionaries. Here's how to edit the content of your custom dictionaries so that it represents your individual spelling needs.

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Sorting Letters and Numbers

Sorting information in a worksheet can be confusing when Excel applies sorting rules of which you are unaware. This is especially true when you are sorting a mixture of letters and numbers.

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Powerful spreadsheets
Moving Custom Formats to Number Formatting Categories

Moving your custom formats into a formatting category other than "custom" isn't something you can do in Excel. Here's why--"and what you can do about it.

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Time formulas
Calculating TV Time

In some industries it is necessary to work with time resolutions of less than a second. If you need to keep track of such detailed time divisions, you'll appreciate the techniques presented in this tip.

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Help Wanted

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Accessing Stock Information

I like to keep track of my relatively small stock portfolio in an Excel worksheet. I've been manually entering stock values, but now I'm wondering if there is a way to have stock prices update automatically in the worksheet. If so, that would be very helpful.
—Tony Davis (provide an answer for this Help Wanted question)

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