Content by David Ringstrom

on 11/04/14
Reader Fiona posed an interesting question on my article regarding taking the pain out of freezing panes in Excel. She asked: "I want to freeze a row in the middle of a sheet but have the rows...
on 10/27/14
Saving Excel spreadsheets as PDF files has gotten incrementally easier over the years, but can still require more effort than necessary. When saving a document as a PDF, many users go through several...
on 09/16/14
You probably don't want to think about how many times you access the File menu in Excel 2010 or 2013. Personally I think Excel 2010 has the best possible File menu arrangement, other than having...
on 09/10/14
Earlier this year I wrote about my mixed feelings on Excel for iPad's debut. My closing sentence for that article read "The early iterations of Microsoft products tend to have rough edges...
on 09/04/14
If you've attended any of my free High Impact Excel webinars then you've probably heard me say that Excel is fraught with nuances. Sometimes the most mundane tasks, such as copying and...
on 08/07/14
My unscientific observation is that the SUM function is likely the most used—and abused—of all worksheet functions in Excel. Although the SUM function is far better than manually adding...
on 08/04/14
Alt-Down Arrow is one of my favorite keyboard shortcuts in Excel. First off, it gives me an easy means to speed through repetitive data entry within a column. Second, it allows me to access Excel...
on 06/19/14
As you're most likely aware, it's easy to instantly create a list of days of the week or months of the year. Simply type either the first three letters or the full name of a day or month in a...
on 06/12/14
I’ve been tracking solid state drives (SSD) for years now, always thinking they were beyond my financial grasp. I finally chose to make the leap recently, thanks in part to a brief mention of...
on 06/09/14
Recently I lamented that Excel has functions like SUMIF, COUNTIF, and AVERAGEIF, but that it didn’t have the equivalent of a MAXIF function. I then described a valid technique that involves...
on 06/05/14
Periodically in Excel you may want to perform an analysis based on specific criteria. For instance, if I wanted to sum only the data in Figure 1 based on the month being equal to January, SUMIF has...
on 05/02/14
During my recent High Impact Excel: Macro Edition webinar—which we've posted online for free viewing—an attendee asked if it’s possible to use the Macro Recorder to automate...
on 05/01/14
You're facing a clear and present danger if, like about a third of AccountingWEB's readers, you’re using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. This isn’t just another the-...
on 04/18/14
Four years after the first iPad spreadsheet, users finally have a Microsoft-sanctioned solution. When I first installed Excel on my iPad, I immediately focused on its limitations, but upon reflection...
on 03/28/14
Earlier this week I presented the Chart Edition of AccountingWEB’s High Impact Excel webinar series. One of the many topics I covered was the Sparklines feature, which was first introduced in...
on 03/21/14
During the recent High Impact Excel: VLOOKUP Edition webinar a senior financial analyst named Lisa asked a question related to Social Security numbers. She periodically receives employee lists where...
on 03/14/14
It’s almost Selection Sunday, when it seems that everyone in the country, including President Obama, makes their picks for the Final Four. There’s no need to search the Internet for a...
on 02/21/14
Building complex spreadsheets without lookup formulas, such as VLOOKUP, is akin to putting a screw in the wall with a hammer. It’s possible, but the results aren’t pretty, and most...
on 02/13/14
An attendee from my recent pivot table webinar posed a question that I hadn’t encountered before. Pamela had an issue where some, but not all, items within her pivot table were being...
on 02/06/14
On January 30, I led a free, one-hour webinar, High Impact Excel: Pivot Table Edition. If you missed the presentation, it’s too late to get CPE credit, but you can watch an on-demand...

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