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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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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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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.
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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.
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Clever Canadian Accountant Creates Interactive Game Using Excel

Cary Walkin, a CA and video game enthusiast in Canada, found a novel way of using Excel for something other than number crunching. Walkin, who is also an MBA candidate at the Schulich School of Business, created a video game using nothing but Excel.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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