Articles by David Ringstrom

Technology

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.
Technology

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?"
Technology

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..
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

Excel Tip: Determining Worksheet Cell Protection at a Glance

You can't easily tell at a glance if a cell is locked or not, but Excel expert David Ringstrom shows you how to add a visual aid. As an added bonus, the technique also makes it far easier to lock and unlock worksheet cells.
Technology

Creating a Series of Letters in Excel

By its very nature as a spreadsheet, it's easy to create a series of numbers in Excel. But most users don't realize that you can configure Excel to create a series of letters in a similar fashion. Excel expert David Ringstrom explains how.
Technology

Microsoft Excel: Inserting Rows and Columns with Ease

Spreadsheet users frequently insert rows and columns into spreadsheets, but for most users, it's a multiple-step process. Excel expert David Ringstrom explains how you can create your own custom shortcut to insert rows or columns with a single keyboard shortcut or mouse click.
Technology

Recovering Unsaved Excel Workbooks

It's every spreadsheet user's worst nightmare – you've worked on a workbook for a period of time, and then accidentally close it without saving. Or the power goes out, or Excel crashes . . . the list of spreadsheet hazards goes on and on.
Technology

How to Disable Worksheet Animation in Excel 2013

Excel 2013 has arrived, and for the most part, it's much like Excel 2007 and 2010, but with some spiffy new features, such as Recommended Charts and Pivot Tables, Flash Fill, Quick Analysis, Power View, and more.
Technology

Restoring Classic Print Preview in Excel 2010/2013

Excel 2010 introduced a new "Backstage View" where print preview became embedded into the File menu. Excel 2013 continues this tradition, but you can get your "old-school" print preview functionality back with a few quick steps.
Technology

Identifying Duplicate Values in an Excel List

Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, explains how to identify duplicate values in worksheets using any version of Excel.
Tax

Free Spreadsheet-Based Form 1040 Available for 2012 Tax Year

It's not just the IRS that's been madly updating forms for the 2012 filing season. Right on schedule, Glenn Reeves of Kansas has released his sixteenth spreadsheet-based version of the US Individual Tax Return, commonly known as Form 1040.
Technology

Microsoft Office 2013 Officially Released

The latest incarnation, or rather incarnations, of Microsoft's flagship productivity suite were released on January 29, 2013. The plural reference is a nod toward both the web-based Office 365 version as well as the new Office 2013 desktop versions.
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Three Ways to Fill Blank Cells within Excel Spreadsheets

Periodically, you may have a need to fill in gaps within an Excel spreadsheet. One way to do so is to manually fill in each cell, but in this article, I'll show you three easy alternatives.
Technology

Homeland Security Warns of Java Vulnerability

IMPORTANT ALERT: Computer security sites across the Internet lit up last week with the news that hackers are actively exploiting vulnerabilities in the ubiquitous Java software that resides on many computers.
Technology

Hide and Unhide Multiple Excel Worksheets with Ease

It's easy to hide worksheets in Excel, but unhiding multiple worksheets within a given workbook can be a tedious exercise. Users who don't know otherwise are relegated to unhiding worksheets one at a time.
Technology

Utilizing Excel's COUNTIF Function to Break Ties

If two items on a list share the same value, MATCH/INDEX will return the same name for both items. Excel expert David Ringstrom describes how to use the COUNTIF function to create a tiebreaker in such situations.

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