Going Crazy Crunching Numbers

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I hope you have a great day and that you enjoy the tips in this week's newsletter!


ExcelTips (ribbon) for 6 August 2022

Changing the Comment Font

When you add a comment to a worksheet, Excel uses a default font and size for the text. If you want to make changes to that default font, it is more complicated than you might imagine.

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(Thanks to Steve Aprahamian, Claire Reynolds, Michael Avidan (MVP), Vincent Lord, Lou Mutt, and Becky Walton for contributing to this tip.)

Conditional formatting
Turning a Cell Red when a Threshold is Exceeded

Excel provides a great conditional formatting capability that allows you to change how a cell appears based on critiera you specify. It can be a bit confusing, however, to set up conditional formatting rules when dates or times are involved. This tip looks at how you can successfully set up a rule based on a number of accrued hours when compared to a threshold.

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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!

Undoing an Edit

We all make mistakes. Fortunately, Excel makes it rather easy to undo your makes, right after you make them.

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Cell formatting
Creating a Center Across Selection Button

The ability to center text across a range of cells has long been a staple of experienced Excel users. Here's how to create a tool that can handle this type of formatting for you.

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Excel can calculate date in lightening time
Thoughts and Ideas on Significant Digits in Excel

Ruminations and reflections about significant digits in Excel. Includes examples of how significant digits can affect the outcome of various functions and formulas.

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Find and Replace
Using Find and Replace to Pre-Pend Characters

Need to add some characters to the beginning of the contents in a range of cells? It's not as easy as you might hope, but here are some great ideas.

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Help Wanted

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Taking Bold Text into Account in a Sort

I have a huge list of book titles in column A. Some of the book titles are in bold, but most are regular. If I sort the list, I would like the bold titles to be sorted as a group first, followed by the non-bold titles. Can the "bold/not bold" status of a cell be factored into a sort?
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