Content by David Ringstrom

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...
on 01/23/14
Although the IRS is still madly preparing for the 2013 filing season, one man remains ahead of the curve.Glenn Reeves of Burlington, Kansas, has released his seventeenth spreadsheet-based version of...
on 01/09/14
It’s a new year, which brings the promise of fresh starts, and resolutions to work smarter. Keyboard shortcuts are one of the best ways to both save time and reduce wear and tear on your wrists...
on 12/12/13
By David Ringstrom, CPA I often find myself using the strikethrough feature in both Word and Excel to mark items as completed. This feature is fairly straightforward in Word, as a...
on 11/23/13
By David Ringstrom, CPA In Part 1 of this series I showed how to use a custom number format to conditionally display decimal places. Although the technique is simple, the downside is it...
on 11/14/13
By David Ringstrom, CPA The simple task of displaying decimal places sometimes causes angst for spreadsheet users. If you have a list of both large and small numbers, there's...
on 10/31/13
By David Ringstrom, CPA From time to time, you may need to reinstall Microsoft Office because you purchased a new computer or you're trying to resolve a program error. Or, in Excel...
on 09/20/13
By David Ringstrom, CPA It can be disconcerting when you open an Excel workbook that has several worksheets, but you only see single worksheet. If this happens, your "missing...
on 07/26/13
By David Ringstrom, CPA 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...
on 06/28/13
By David Ringstrom, CPA 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. Often,...
on 06/13/13
By David Ringstrom, CPA 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...
on 05/24/13
By David Ringstrom, CPAMany 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...
on 04/19/13
By David Ringstrom, CPAIn a previous article, I described a technique that lets you tell at a glance if an individual cell is unlocked within a worksheet. In...
on 04/03/13
By David Ringstrom, CPABy its very nature as a spreadsheet, it's easy to create a series of numbers in Excel. For instance, you can enter the number 1 in...
on 03/15/13
By David Ringstrom, CPAIt's every spreadsheet user's worst nightmare – you've worked on a workbook for a period of time, and then...
on 03/01/13
UPDATE/CORRECTION: A previous version of this article was written based on the beta version of Excel 2013. At that time enabling the Disable Hardware Acceleration setting...
on 12/21/12
By David Ringstrom, CPAIt'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...
on 12/05/12
By David Ringstrom, CPA Periodically, you may wish to rank a series of items within an Excel spreadsheet. Many users often rely on sorting data in ascending or descending order. I'...
on 11/16/12
By David Ringstrom, CPAAccountants are often given the mundane task of identifying variances that exceed specific tolerances. Rather than trying to eyeball columns of numbers, you can use...

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