Time is Fleeting

It is amazing how quickly we are racing toward the end of the year. It won't be long before Thanksgiving is here, followed shortly thereafter by Christmas. Then, the new year will be upon us.

It just seems like this year has raced by...

This time of year is a planning time for many companies and individuals. We not only take stock of the waning year, but look forward to the new one. (Yes, fewer than 8 weeks remain in the year.)

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I hope you have a great weekend.


ExcelTips (ribbon) for 9 November 2019

Opening Two Workbooks at Once

Do you work with a group of workbooks all the time in Excel? Windows and Excel both provide a plethora of ways you can open both workbooks at the same time.

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(Thanks to Ron Solecki, Harold Druss, Paul Webster, Ryszard Raciborski, Alan Cannon, Jos Graindor, James Woolley, Benjamin Morin, Bob Beechey, Jiim Morrison, Alec Whatmough, Ben Davies, Jacques Raubenheimer, Wayne Edmondson, Mark Galloway, Tamara Power, Dave Potts, Gerhard Seljehammer, Olle Ivert, Yvan Loranger, John MacLeary, and Dave Newcomer for contributing to this tip.)

Printing a Draft Watermark

Adding a watermark to the background of a printout can be challenging. This tip explains the different ways you can implement your own watermarking techniques.

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ExcelTips at Your Fingertips

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Powerful spreadsheets
Backing Up Custom Dictionaries

The custom dictionary used in Excel contains the information you decide relative to spelling. After a while, you might start to realize how much work it took to get that dictionary just as you like it. Here's how to back up all that work.

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Date formulas
Calculating Fractions of Years

When working with dates and the relationship between dates, Excel provides a variety of worksheet functions that may prove helpful. One such function is YEARFRAC, which allows you to calculate what fraction of a year is represented by the number of days between two dates.

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Macros extend Excel
Running a Macro when a Worksheet is Deactivated

When you change from one worksheet to another, you may want to have Excel automatically run a macro for the worksheet you are leaving. You can easily create such a macro by using the Auto_Deactivate event.

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(Thanks to Col Delane for contributing to this tip.)

Macros extend Excel
Copying Worksheet Code Automatically

When creating a workbook to be used by others, you may want any worksheets they add to the workbook to contain some special macro coding. Here's some ideas on how you can make sure that the worksheets contain just what you need.

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Help Wanted

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Finding Circular References

When I open a particular workbook, Excel informs me that it contains circular references. Problem is, I cannot figure out where that circular reference is. What is the best way to locate these?
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