There’s no doubting the usefulness of charts to spot trends and patterns, but they are impractically large for illustrating individual records. However, Excel 2013’s sparklines supports charting within cells themselves, so you can have hundreds of tiny charts on a single spreadsheet.
Adding shortcuts to the QAT can save a great deal of time. Although this article’s example focuses on this one command in Excel, the procedure is identical for any command and in Word 2013 also, so you can use the same technique to customize either program for varying shortcuts.
Excel 2013 relies on functions to change capitalization. The LOWER, UPPER and PROPER functions change text in referenced cells to lowercase, uppercase or proper case. This method requires a formula in another cell, but you can copy the results to the original location to avoid with duplicate data.
Perhaps you have used some of the Paste options available in Microsoft Excel, but you may not have realized you can copy and paste just the formatting applied to another cell or range. Learn how to use this time-saving feature in Excel 2013.
One of the best forecasting tools in Excel 2013 is the Goal Seek feature. Learn where to access and ways that you can use this What-If Analysis option.
Some data is necessary for functions and tools, but is distracting on an otherwise clean worksheet. To keep your sheet neat, hide the data using the Format Cells feature. While they won’t appear in the cells, you can still verify the values by selecting the cells and looking in the Formula Bar.
Excel 2013 alleviates the tedium of retyping text to combine it within a cell thanks to its concatenation abilities. These functions not only combine existing text, but it also allows mixing in your own text.
A quick way to find and delete blank rows in a worksheet is to use Excel’s filter feature. Learn how to locate and remove entirely blank rows with this handy tool.
In changing capitalization, Word gives you the options of Lowercase, Uppercase, Sentence Case, Capitalize Each Word and Toggle Case. Learn how to use these options and what each one denotes.
Several Excel functions and tools require knowing the unique values contained in a dataset. The simplest solution is Excel 2013’s Advanced Sort & Filter feature that can copy only unique values from a long list of records, so you can paste them to a location of your choosing.
Excel 2013 offers numerous text and cell formatting options, including options to change text orientation. This option conserves horizontal cell space by rotating lengthy text vertically.
Microsoft Office’s AutoCorrect feature enables you to add custom entries manually. You can capitalize on the option for customization by reducing complicated, frequently entered text to just a few letters, which could dramatically speed up data entry.
Excel 2013’s Conditional Formatting tool offers, among other things, graphical elements that are directly linked to data within cells. One such visual tool is Data Bars that effectively creates a bar chart within a group of selected cells.
Excel’s Icon Sets add dynamic, visual elements to aid in data identification within cells. Available graphics include traffic lights, checkmarks, arrows, flags and a host of others. The dynamic nature of such conditional formats support formulaic rules to determine the icon used.
Excel 2013 supports multi-tiered sorting rules to arrange data as you prefer, but the default sorting rules only provide alphabetical or reverse-alphabetical ordering. A convenient workaround is to specify sort order using custom lists that give you exact control over the sort order.
Freeing some space on your hard drive isn’t terribly difficult, but first you need to find out what needs to go. Learn how to determine what is monopolizing your storage using Windows 10 settings.
Worried about losing your work when Windows 10 automatically reboots to install updates? Learn how to adjust the settings and avoid a potential crisis.
Colors are often overlooked as sorting criteria. Learn how to make sorting in Excel even easier using text or fill colors as criteria.
By default, Windows 10 allows any requesting app to use your microphone or webcam, which potentially creates a privacy issue or at least a concern. Thankfully, Windows 10 renews Windows 8.1’s well-received ability to individually restrict camera and microphone use per app.
The benefits of Wi-Fi sense might sound appealing, but when you consider the risks you may think twice. Learn the pros and cons of this feature as well as the steps to disable it, should you choose to do so.