Captain Excel

by Chris Wood, CPA - Chris Wood is a CPA with experience in Big Four, large regional and local public accounting firms. Write to the good Captain on everything under the sun concerning the captivating world of Excel!

 

 

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Jun
09
I was having a discussion with a colleague concerning the Excel skills in industry versus public accounting.  We agreed that, generally speaking and based on surveys of class participants in our respective Excel CPE c
May
04
Time to revisit one of my favorite subjects, gas prices, more specifically the volatile nature of gas prices.  Because sticker shock is in play again.  What can we do?
Feb
28
The Ubuntu operating system and Open Office suite experiment is officially over.  I have one set up in my home.  It is used mostly for internet and word processing.  The operating system is great.  I give it two thumbs
Nov
22
The Ubuntu and Open Office experiment is on.  Are the free operating system and office programs worth it?  I took a Lenovo computer I bought in 2007 to my friend's house to start the process.  I went to the gym, and he downl
Oct
05
It's been way too long my friends.  I have a lot of catching up to do.  Now that CPE season is over and next year's budget is in hand, it's time to blog again.   
Jul
14
There is an old saying "Life is more than bread and water", meaning  quality goes beyond the basics.
May
03
I was browsing accountingweb.com like every good AW blogger should do and I came across the CPA review quiz.  I decided to take the quiz just to see how it has changed over the years, and how much I have retained since the days long a
Mar
08
My good friend Mitch , a highly technical computer buff but not an avid Excel user told me about an Excel add-in called Pivot4U. This add-in will allow for edits into the data field of a pivot table.
Jan
19
I have to admit it.  I don't have all of the answers, and many times there are multiple answers to an Excel problem.   Here's a case in point.  Below I have a table that has approximately 20,000 rows.  It consists of
Nov
25
The first thing I learned back in accounting 101 was the formula for a bank reconciliation.  Bank balance plus deposits-in-transit less outstanding checks equals the book balance.  Many accounting software packages such as QuickB

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