Spreadsheet Tricks

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Dashboards

100+ Excel Dashboards
Winners of 2014 dashboard competition.

Embedding Spreadsheets & Parts of Spreadsheets

Embed Google Spreadsheet

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Embed SkyDrive OneDrive Spreadsheet


Share it: Embed an Excel workbook on your web page or blog from OneDrive

Google Spreadsheets

Step-by-step guide to conditionally formatting a drop-down list in Google Sheets.
Google Sheets do not support zebra stripes (yet) but you can use conditional formatting combined with a simple Google Formula to create a formatted table.
Directly import tabular data from web pages and edit it inside a Google Spreadsheet.
Example: =ImportHTML("http://www.labnol.org/internet/tips-for-tech-startups/19483/", "list", 2)
Imports data from a table or list within an HTML page.
Example: =IMPORTHTML("http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_India","table",4)
A powerpoint-like presentation.

Link To Google Spreadsheets

2017-11-29: Editor's Note -- Try this link: Go to cell A3 of Sheet2
2017-11-29: Editor's Note -- Have not tested yet.
2017-11-29: Editor's Note -- Have not tested yet. Solution is at bottom of list.

Fusion Tables

Fusion Tables is an experimental data visualization web application to gather, visualize, and share larger data tables.

Array Formula In Google Spreadsheet


LibreOffice Calc

This tutorial shows how to download and install the mysql-connector-java-x.x.x-bin.jar file in order to connect LibreOffice to MySQL.

Microsoft Excel

Excel Add-Ins

The Timeslider is a historical data engine for Microsoft Excel. The add-in allows you to store and retrieve historical data directly from the cells of your spreadsheet.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Ever wondered what those Mac keyboard symbols mean and what they translate to? Find help here.
Windows shortcuts in dark gray on the left, Mac shortcuts in white on the right.
See also: The 54 Excel shortcuts you really should know and How to use Mac function keys with Excel.
Download – List of 250 Ms-Excel Keyboard Shortcuts (PDF)
Download – List of 250 Ms-Excel-xlsx File (XLSX)
There are many Excel shortcuts, but few are as versatile as the Paste Special command.
MS Excel Keyboard Shortcuts:

Shown below is a list of the 10 most important Excel keyboard shortcuts you must know for analyzing data, writing quick formulas, formatting data, switching between sheets, etc.

1. Shift + F10 – The Right Click pop up open
Most of the time users suffer to have the right click shortcut while working on any database. By pressing shift + F10, you can open the right click menu. You can use up / down arrow keys to move to various options. The right arrow key is used to open fly-out menu. Hit enter when you get to the item you want.
2. Ctrl + 1 – Open “Format Cells” dialog box
It is one of the most influential and time saving shortcuts in Excel. It enables the user to skip all the long procedure to format cells, charts, text boxes, etc. to make life easy.
3. Ctrl + 5 – Applies or remove strike-through
We all make list on excel and wants to cross it off once it’s done. It gives us feel like we have finished our tasks. Select a cell or range and then press CTRL + 5 to apply strike-through to the cell / range.
4. Ctrl + 9 – Hide the complete row
In Excel, move anywhere in a row you want to hide and then press CTRL + 9.The entire current row is hidden. You can also use Shift+Up arrow or Shift+Down arrow to select several rows.
5. Ctrl + SHIFT + L – Turn on / off filter
One of the powerful and useful shortcuts (CTRL + SHIFT + L) while working on large data set especially when you set few filters on, and then want to return back to the full view of data clearing all filters.
6. Ctrl + * – Select the current region
Select the current range by pressing CTRL + asterisk key, which is the complete data set, in all directions from the current cell until Excel hits the edge of the worksheet.
7. F4 – To repeat last action
F4 is one of the best shortcuts in Excel and there are various ways to use it. It saves the user from keystrokes and mouse involvement. If you are not editing a cell, it repeats the last command or action. For example, if you have just deleted a row and you want to delete another row, simply select the range where you want to delete the next row and press F4.
8. F4 – Set cell references or add dollar sign to a reference
F4 cycles through all 4 types of cell references (absolute, mixed reference (2x) and relative). It helps to change the reference style from relative (A1) to absolute ($A$1). It is very useful when you want to take formula from one cell to other cell but want to keep the same reference in the formula.
9. Ctrl + T – To Insert a Table
In Excel, Tables are very flexible and easy to work. Especially to convert bunch of data into table.To make it in table, select any cell in the spreadsheet (with our without data) and press CTRL+ T. If your spreadsheet contains header cells, you might need to check the My Table Has Headers option.
10. Shift + F2 – Insert / edit comment
This shortcut will help you to add or edit the comment easily.

Learn Excel

Includes links to resources, like the following:
- ExcelRibbon.Tips.Net - Microsoft Excel Tips, Tricks, and Ideas!
- Duke's Fuqua School of Business - Ecklund Excel Review - Excel Review Materials
Filtering is a simple, however, amazing & powerful way to analyze data. Advance filter are quite easy to use. Here’s how you can use Excel’s advanced filtering capabilities.
Advance Filter is the most powerful feature of Excel. The advanced filtering feature in Excel allows you to quickly copy unique information from one data list to another. It allows the person to quickly remove duplicates, extract records that meet certain criteria. It works great when we use wildcards, within 2 date criteria.

Miscellaneous Tricks

For instance, to separate date from full path:
(e.g. Directory\Sub-Directory\12-27-2016 to Directory\Sub-Directory\   12-27-2016)
Extract Path: =LEFT(A1,MIN(FIND(0,SUBSTITUTE(A1,{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},0)&0))-1)
Extract Date: =SUBSTITUTE(A1,B1,"")
Wrap String in Double Quotes: =""""&A2&""""
Wrap String in Single Quotes: ="'"&A2&"'"
As we all known, the Concatenate function in Excel can help us to combine multiple cells into one cell, but, sometimes, you want to do the opposite of Concatenate function, it means not combine cells, but split cell value into multiple separated cells. Have you ever thought of reversing the Concatenate function in Excel?
Example: =TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE($A2,",",REPT(" ",999)),COLUMNS($A:A)*999-998,999))
I can get the pictures to "float" around my worksheet, but I need to put them into a cell. How can I do this?

Find Common Text Value From Multiple Columns

What it does: Finds the common text value across multiple columns that matches the corresponding value in the selected column. For instance, if you're trying to find a text value in Column C that has a corresponding match in both Columns A & B, you could use a formula like the one shown below.
Example: =MIN(MAX(($A$2:$A$53=$C2)*1),MAX(($B$2:$B$44=$C2)*1))
Array Formula: CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER

Find Value; Return Column Header

What it does: Finds the average of each row, then determines which column header comes closest to the average and returns that column's header.
Example: =INDEX(B$1:E$1,MATCH(MIN(ABS(B2:E2-AVERAGE(B2:E2))),ABS(B2:E2-AVERAGE(B2:E2)),0))
Array Formula: CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER

What it does: Finds the minimum in a row and returns the text that appears in that column's header.

Example: =INDEX($B$1:$E$1,MATCH(MIN(B2:E2),B2:E2,0))
What it does: Finds a value in a row and returns column header.
Example: =LOOKUP(2,1/($B2:$E2=$G2),$B$1:$E$1) (Dave's modification.)
Example: =LOOKUP(2,1/($D2:$Z2="x"),$D$1:$Z$1) (One of the original source formulas.)
Example: =INDEX($B$1:$E$1,MATCH(H2,INDEX($B$2:$E$26,MATCH(G2,$A$2:$A$26),)))

Links

Example: While text box is selected, input a formula like =Contractors!$C$2 to link the text box to the content of cell C2 on the "Contractors" tab.
Moving worksheets containing formulas without linking back to source document.

Notes & Comments

Use Excel's data validation feature to share meaningful information about specific cells with users.
The N() function comes in handy if you want comments embedded within the formula for your own notes, reference, etc.
Example: =SUM(E82:E83)+N("Tutorial found here: http://lifehacker.com/add-comments-to-a-formula-in-excel-for-your-future-refe-510113024")

Working With Text

Describes the formula syntax and usage of the TEXT function in Microsoft Office Excel. Excel's TEXT function returns a value converted to text with a specified format.
One of many video lessons from Contextures Inc..

Calculating Numbers in Cells Containing Text & Numbers

Sum Numbers in Cells Containing Text & Numbers - IFERROR Version - Should work in Excel 2007 and above (PC) & Excel 2011 and above (Mac).
A B C D E
1 String Result What It Does Formula Array?
2 5 red 12 yellow 10, green 5 9 77 Sums all numbers found in cells A2:A4. Ignores text. {=SUM(IFERROR(SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE($A$2:$A$4," ",REPT(" ",100)),COLUMN($1:$1)*100-99,100)),",","")*1,0))} Yes
CTRL+Shift+Enter (PC)
CMND+Shift+Enter (Mac)
3 red 3, blue 9 12 Sums just the numbers in A3. {=SUM(IFERROR(SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE($A3," ",REPT(" ",100)),COLUMN($1:$1)*100-99,100)),",","")*1,0))} Yes
CTRL+Shift+Enter (PC)
CMND+Shift+Enter (Mac)
4 yellow 21, blue 3 24 Sums just the numbers in A4. {=SUM(IFERROR(SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE($A4," ",REPT(" ",100)),COLUMN($1:$1)*100-99,100)),",","")*1,0))} Yes
CTRL+Shift+Enter (PC)
CMND+Shift+Enter (Mac)
5 Explanation: The formulas shown above are array formulas. After typing an array formula into the formula bar, finish by pressing CTRL+Shift+Enter (PC) or CMND+Shift+Enter (Mac).

Note: The formula bar indicates that this is an array formula by enclosing it in curly braces { }. Do not type these yourself. They disappear whenever you edit the formula, making it necessary to press CTRL+Shift+Enter (PC) or CMND+Shift+Enter (Mac) whenever you edit the formula. The curly braces { } in the examples shown above are displayed only to show what the formula looks like as it appears in the formula bar.
Source: text and,numbers in same cell, sum of numbers ?
Hat Tip: Tables Generator

Sum Numbers in Cells Containing Text & Numbers - IF(ISERROR Version - Should work in Excel 2003 and above (PC) & Excel 2008 and above (Mac).
A B C D E
1 String Result What It Does Formula Array?
2 5 red 12 yellow 10, green 5 9 77 Sums all numbers found in cells A2:A4. Ignores text. {=SUMPRODUCT(IF(ISERROR(SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE($A$2:$A$4," ",REPT(" ",100)),COLUMN($1:$1)*100-99,100)),",","")*1),0,SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE($A$2:$A$4," ",REPT(" ",100)),COLUMN($1:$1)*100-99,100)),",","")*1))} Yes
CTRL+Shift+Enter (PC)
CMND+Shift+Enter (Mac)
3 red 3, blue 9 12 Sums just the numbers in A3. {=SUMPRODUCT(IF(ISERROR(SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A3," ",REPT(" ",100)),COLUMN($1:$1)*100-99,100)),",","")*1),0,SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A3," ",REPT(" ",100)),COLUMN($1:$1)*100-99,100)),",","")*1))} Yes
CTRL+Shift+Enter (PC)
CMND+Shift+Enter (Mac)
4 yellow 21, blue 3 24 Sums just the numbers in A4. {=SUMPRODUCT(IF(ISERROR(SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A4," ",REPT(" ",100)),COLUMN($1:$1)*100-99,100)),",","")*1),0,SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A4," ",REPT(" ",100)),COLUMN($1:$1)*100-99,100)),",","")*1))} Yes
CTRL+Shift+Enter (PC)
CMND+Shift+Enter (Mac)
5 Explanation: The formulas shown above are array formulas. After typing an array formula into the formula bar, finish by pressing CTRL+Shift+Enter (PC) or CMND+Shift+Enter (Mac).

Note: The formula bar indicates that this is an array formula by enclosing it in curly braces { }. Do not type these yourself. They disappear whenever you edit the formula, making it necessary to press CTRL+Shift+Enter (PC) or CMND+Shift+Enter (Mac) whenever you edit the formula. The curly braces { } in the examples shown above are displayed only to show what the formula looks like as it appears in the formula bar.
Source: text and,numbers in same cell, sum of numbers ?
Hat Tip: Tables Generator

Pivot Tables

This course includes one self-paced lesson and one practice session for hands-on experience.

SQL & Excel

Very good tutorial! Learn how to retrieve data from MySQL Database using Microsoft Query, Join multiple tables & link the exported data to a drop down list to retrieve data dynamically based on the value of drop down list.
Additional Excel video lessons from this instructor: Excel & VBA Video Tutorials
Learn How To Import Data Using SQL Queries & Stored Procedures From SQL Server To Excel. Database connectivity can be a very powerful tool, with which you can get real time refresh-able data which you can use for data analysis, creating dashboards etc. This method does not use VBA Coding and hence can be learnt by any excel user who does not know VBA Programming.
Answer: Re: Connecting to MySQL from Excel 2007
To connect Excel to MySQL, you need ODBC driver. This StackExchange answer combines two of the submitted answers for the solution.

Using SQL Statements in Excel

Q: Do you have any tricks for generating SQL statements, mainly INSERTs, in Excel for various data import scenarios?
A: (Spaces added for visibility - remove before inserting.)
=CONCATENATE("insert into table (id, name) values (",C2,",' ",D2," ');")
Here is another view:
=CONCATENATE("insert into table (id, date, price) values (",C3,",'",D3,"',",B3,");")
Q: I have a large excel worksheet that I want to add to my database. Can I generate an SQL insert script from this excel worksheet?
A: You can use Excel to create insert statements:
="INSERT INTO table_name VALUES('"&A1&"','"&B1&"','"&C1&"')"

Quick Edit Sheets

Moved this section to: Office Productivity Hacks#Quick Edit Sheets.

Open-Source Tools

JSpreadsheets compiles the best open-source spreadsheets and data grids written in JavaScript. It helps you choose the most suitable component for your project.

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