Articles by David Ringstrom

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Twenty-Five Ways to Use Excel's Name Box

It's pretty much impossible to use Excel and not notice the Name Box. Most users know this as the space in Excel where you can determine the address of the currently selected cell. A smaller subset of users relies on the Name Box as a navigation aid.
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What To Do When Excel Worksheet Tabs Go Missing

In addition to restoring vanished worksheet tabs, David Ringstrom also describes a couple of techniques for navigating workbooks easier, as well as other ways to find hidden worksheets.
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Creating a "Chainsaw" List of Excel Worksheet Functions

Depending on your version of Excel, you have nearly 500 different worksheet functions at your disposal. Some worksheets functions are like the chainsaw in my garage. I don't use them very often, but when I do, no other tool will suffice.
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Identifying Duplicate Values in an Excel List, Part 2

Once you've identified duplicate values in an Excel list, this technique will show you how to change the format of the second and any subsequent instances of the duplicate value.
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Speed Up Microsoft Excel's Help Window

When you access Microsoft Excel's help window, the content is typically derived from a remote server on the Internet, which can cause a delay while the help window loads. David Ringstrom explains how you can eliminate this annoying wait that can break your stride.
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How to Maximize Excel's Recent Items Menu

Depending upon your version of Excel, the Recent list on the File menu can streamline access to both files and folders. If you work on numerous spreadsheets, this list offers marginal value in Excel 2003 and earlier.
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Worlds Colliding: Convert a Digital Photo into an Excel Spreadsheet

In an unlikely mash-up, Matt Parker of Think Maths offers a free tool that converts a digital photo of your choice into an Excel spreadsheet. If you have Excel 2007 or later, you can try the technique yourself.
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Microsoft Excel: How to Automate Text File Links

Some time ago, I explained how to use Excel's Text to Columns Wizard for separating text within a spreadsheet into columns. Although this approach is helpful for data that's in a spreadsheet, in other cases, you may wish to link spreadsheets to text files that change periodically.
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Eliminate a Common Spreadsheet Design Flaw

Whenever column headings within a worksheet span two or more rows, a cascade of issues can occur. Fortunately, a simple technique can help you avoid frustration and save time when working in Microsoft Excel.
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Three Ways to Convert Text-Based Numbers to Values

Periodically, you may encounter numbers in Excel that you can't sum or use arithmetically. A common cause for this is numbers formatted as text. David Ringstrom describes three ways you can convert numbers that appear trapped under glass into a usable format.
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Automating Data Validation Lists in Excel

Working in an Excel spreadsheet can be somewhat like the Wild West – unless other provisions are made, users can enter any value in any cell. One way you can restrict users to a predefined set of values is by way of Excel's Data Validation feature.
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Improving the Integrity of Excel's SUM Function

My unscientific observation is that the SUM function is the most widely used function within Excel spreadsheets. This function makes it easy to add up multiple cells at once without laboriously adding multiple cells together individually.
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Resolving #VALUE! Errors in Microsoft Excel

It's a frustrating experience when a simple Excel spreadsheet displays #VALUE! in a worksheet cell rather than the expected result. Many times the problem is obvious, but sometimes the culprit is harder to track down.
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Overcome a Nuance of Excel's Subtotal Feature

Many users rely on the Subtotal feature in Excel to instantly insert totals, averages, counts, or other statistics into a list. As you'll see, the feature is easy to use – until you want to copy or format just the total rows.
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Farewell, Lotus 1-2-3

IBM recently announced that Lotus 1-2-3 will no longer be available for purchase. Most readers of this article will likely have one of two reactions: "What is Lotus 1-2-3?" or "Lotus 1-2-3 was still on the market?"
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Excel Tip: Determining the Remaining Length of a Loan Using NPER

Learn how to use the NPER function in Excel to determine just how long it will take you to payoff that credit card bill on which you’re making monthly payments..
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The End Is Near for Windows XP

Despite three subsequent Windows releases, Windows XP remains the second most popular operating system version. Regardless, the 38 percent of computer users currently relying on Windows XP will soon need to move to a modern operating system, or risk exposure to malware.
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Resetting the Last Cell in an Excel Worksheet

It's frustrating when Excel acts as if the active area of a worksheet is significantly larger than the actual area where you have data. Suddenly your scroll bars move you into uncharted areas, such as column TX or row 5,000.
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Excel Tip: Use Conditional Formatting to Identify Unlocked Cells

Excel expert David Ringstrom explains how you can use conditional formatting to identify all unlocked cells within a worksheet range.
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Sticker Shock Awaits Sage 50/Peachtree Payroll Service Users

The 2014 version of Sage 50, formerly known as Peachtree Accounting, is available for purchase now. As a result, certain users who rely on the payroll subscription are going to experience sticker shock in the near future.

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