When was the last time you cleaned up your PC or network drive of folders and files on your computer? Probably never, if you are like most professionals I know.
Why? It’s not easy.
Let’s change that!
I’m coordinating a data cleanup project with a client and the effort involves cleaning up a network directory that includes 700+ folders and approximately 14,000 files. 😫
Think about how you would tackle this task and you quickly realize two things.
✔ No one does because it’s not simple to do and rarely becomes a priority. …
A new function introduced on December 3, 2020 by the Excel team at Microsoft is getting rave reviews. 🔥
And it appears warranted.
It is essentially VBA (Visual Basic) without needing Macros to create User-Defined Functions (customized calculations) within plain Excel (.xlsx) files.
Review the content below to start to get a sense of why this is a big deal!
“Microsoft has just announced a brand new function for Excel (Office 365 Beta / Insider version) — LAMBDA.
The power of this latest addition to the Excel family of functions cannot be overstated. This is going to REVOLUTIONISE how you…
Continuing from Part 1 — “Use #PowerQuery to IMPORT .csv formatted data from the web”
Once I have extracted data (a list of failed banking institutions), it needs to be transformed in order to simplify analysis.
In this case, a table of date dimensions would prove very useful. I have a closing date for every record.
A date dimension table that would associate Year, Quarter, Month, Week of Year and Day of Week greatly simplifies slicing and analyzing the data for different views. 💯💪
I highlight one of the methods I use to create the date dimension table in video…
When getting data from the web, a lot of sites provide the ability to DOWNLOAD a csv formatted file of the data.
Rather than download it though, you can simply connect to it and import the data using PowerQuery.
Why import? Because the data can be refreshed and updated anytime the underlying source on the web changes!
One of my favorite small datasets that I use for training is a listing of banks that have failed (closed or been acquired).
In this video, I walk through importing the data from the web via connecting to the csv rather…
Conditional formatting is a great way to highlight items for the spreadsheet user. But, setting the conditions up can be tricky.
It’s even more confusing when you introduce variables into the formatting (so that user can define what to format).
But, persevere and the payoff is significant!
Two of my favorite techniques when working with lists of data are to highlight entire rows in tables when specific values are found in certain selected table columns (e.g., highlight all rows where company market cap exceeds a certain value).
If you use Excel frequently and access commands via the Ribbon, you are taking the SLOW path AND losing precious workspace to consistently display the Ribbon.
Hide it and only display it when you do need it!
And you will need it less and less if you adopt the following behavior changes:
1️⃣ Use basic keyboard shortcuts.
No need to get crazy — see Tip #9 — https://lnkd.in/ehygTYj
2️⃣ Take advantage of…
This is a recently added capability and a reason I will start to use to Gmail more on my mobile devices. 🏋️♀️💯
Here’s how simple it is:
A frequent task in business is to compare two lists of data.
Have a master customer, product, mailing list etc and need to compare it to another list to see what is missing and needs to be added? Typical scenarios…
Basic Power Query makes this easy!
Please don’t do this by hand. 😳
Common approaches include using Excel MATCH or VLOOKUP function (which generates errors which indicate items aren’t on one list).
However, power query makes those methods tedious by comparison!
Here are the steps to using Power Query:
1️⃣ Create a query from the MASTER list. “Connection Only” query.
Microsoft has never made it easy to create a list of files contained in folders on your PC. Why?
Add-in’s can do it.
Finally, it is easy…using Power Query!
Open a blank Excel workbook and follow these steps (this assumes Office 2016. If not, the Power Query add-in needs to be installed):
We read about it everyday. Automation is going to eliminate jobs. But what can WE do.
It starts with rethinking how we work and asking “is there a better way?” (Hint — there usually is).
“Innovation requires a shift in mindset (from @accountingtoday)” —
“12 #automation technologies to re-imagine your business”
Rather than see these posts and do nothing, what can I do (and create value for my organization)?
Mike shared a visual of the “new automation toolbox” — start at the lowest level and become…
It’s time for DIFFERENT— On a mission to challenge the status quo to a more productive and effective end… #digital #Excel #data #analytics