Content by David Ringstrom

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...
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...

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