Excel Shortcuts

By Bob Umlas, Excel MVP Excel has hundreds of keyboard shortcuts. In this blog, I’ll describe some of my favorites Ctrl+Shift+ numbers 1 thru 7, and 0 (and the tilde key, ~) can be used for formatting. Let’s start with this sample worksheet, and assume A1 thru B2 is already selected and contains 12345: Ctrl+shift+1

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Dates and Times in Excel

By Bob Umlas, Excel MVP After reading this blog you should be an expert in Excel’s Dates and Times. If you enter the number 1 in cell I1, for example, then look at the Home tab’s Number Format’s dropdown, you’ll see this (without the arrows!): Notice that the number 1, formatted as a short date

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Advanced Filtering in Excel

By Bob Umlas, Excel MVP In this blog I’ll continue the discussion from my last blog on basic filtering. This one is on advanced filtering. Let’s continue with the same worksheet used from the last blog: You can use advanced filtering for any of the features you use basic filtering. The advanced feature enables you

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Basic Filtering in Excel

By Bob Umlas, Excel MVP  In this blog I’ll discuss filtering. In another continued blog, I’ll talk about advanced filtering. First, what is filtering? We’ll define it by looking at a very simple illustration. Suppose this is your worksheet: If you were only interested in the West region, you can show just the West items

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The Page Layout Tab, Part 3 of 3

By Bob Umlas, Excel MVP For the final part of the Page Layout tab series, we’ll complete the discussion of what’s available on the tab and a few other items. The Header/Footer tab of the page setup dialog is where we left off. Let’s look at this again. Click the dialog launcher below the Print

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The Page Layout Tab, Part 2 of 3

By Bob Umlas, Excel MVP Last time with the Page Layout tab, we left off with the “Breaks” icon. Next is the “Background” icon. This puts a graphic in the background of the sheet. This background does not print, it merely shows on the physical viewing of the sheet on your computer screen. When you

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The Page Layout Tab, Part 1 of 3

By Bob Umlas, Excel MVP It seems not much has been written about Excel’s Page Layout tab so I’ll cover the items shown here (which do not include all the commands) up until the Breaks icon. In parts 2 of 3 and 3 of 3, I’ll cover the icons from Background to the end, as

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How to Hide and Unhide Columns and Rows

By Bob Umlas, Excel MVP Here we’ll be exploring the various ways to hide and unhide rows and columns in Excel. The bulk of the discussion will address columns, but it applies to rows as well (unless otherwise noted). How to Hide Columns You can change a column width by dragging the column separator (the

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Excel’s JUSTIFY Command

By Bob Umlas, Excel MVP Have you heard of the Justify command? Let’s take a look at it here. Suppose you have the data below: and you’d like to make it look like this: You may not know that Excel has this ability already built-in! It’s called the Justify command, found on the right side

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