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ExcelTips (ribbon) for 27 November 2021

Powerful spreadsheets
Using a Custom Date Format in a Header or Footer

Need to show a custom date in the header or footer of a printout? You'll need to resort to using a macro, as described in this tip.

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(Thanks to Steve Aprahamian, Dave Newcomer, Ryszard Raciborski, Michael Avidan (MVP), Wayne Edmondson, Bob Beechey, Tomek Dluzniewski, Mark Galloway, and Fred van der Meulen for contributing to this tip.)

Comma-Delimited Differences for PC and Mac

When you choose to save worksheet data in CSV format, Excel gives you three choices for file formats. Those choices are detailed in this tip.

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Are You Foundering at Filtering?

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Powerful spreadsheets
Viewing More than Two Places in a Worksheet

If your worksheet gets big enough, it is easy to spend a lot of time navigating back and forth between different areas. Why not look at two places in the same worksheet at the same time? Here's how.

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Conditional formatting
Changing Shading when a Column Value Changes

If you have a data table in a worksheet, and you want to shade various rows based on whatever is in the first column, then you can use Excel's conditional formatting capabilities. There are a couple of ways you can choose to do so, however.

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Stopping a Formula from Updating References

Insert or delete a column, and Excel automatically updates references within formulas that are affected by the change. If you don't want to have a reference updated by the change, then you can apply the techniques described in this tip.

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Seeing All Open Workbook Names

Ever want to see a list of all the workbooks that are open? If you open more than nine, Excel only displays the first nine without requiring you to go to a different menu to find the others. To make your job easier, this tip explains how to see every open workbook.

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Help Wanted

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Seeing Formula Cells on Different Worksheets

If I click in the Formula bar, Excel will highlight the cells used in that formula, if they are on the same worksheet as the formula. Is there a way to have this highlight work if the cells are on a different worksheet? I use two monitors so I can see both worksheets at the same time.
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