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Text Import Wizard Gone? How to Import CSV and Text Files in Excel

Microsoft quietly replaced the comfortable Text Import Wizard from Excel and replaced it with the “Get & Transform” tools. The “Get & Transform” tools offer a lot of options and are very powerful. Unfortunately, they are quite complicated to use. Here is what you should now.

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LOOKUP: Everything You Should Know about the Very Unknown Excel Formula

Besides the well-known VLOOKUP formula, there is a similar formula in Excel: LOOKUP. The formula is very unkown and hardly used. But there are good reasons why you should not use the LOOKUP formula. Let’s start with the basics about the formula and then talk about why you should avoid it.

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Dictionary for Excel Formulas

Microsoft Excel supports many languages. In total, you can use Excel in 107 different languages. Many of these languages also use local formula names. For example, VLOOKUP is called SVERWEIS in German, BUSCARV in Spanish or DÜŞEYARA in Turkish. Fortunately, you don’t need to remember different formula names because Excel automatically translates the formulas to your language. However, in some cases you need to know the local formula term. Please refer to our comprehensive dictionary below.

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Histograms in Excel: 3 Ways to Create a Histogram Chart (+Download)

A histogram chart is a great way to present your data. It groups your data into bins or classes and shows the number of items per bin. For example: Your data has “Big Mac” prices in different countries. A histogram shows how many countries have a Big Mac price between 1 and 2 USD, 2 and 3 USD and so on. 

This article introduces three methods in Excel how to create a histogram. Please also feel free to download all examples in an Excel file.

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Custom Number Formats: Big Guide, Popular Codes and a Free Download

Excel provides many default number formats. But often, these formats are not enough. For example:

Example: The default and a modifyed number format.

  • You want to display number in thousands or millions?
  • Or have a thousands separator for percentage values?
  • Or show a plus sign for positive values?

In such case, you need to create a custom number format. In this article, you learn everything you need to know. For making it easier for you, please feel free to download the example Excel file or the handy custom format card for printing it out.

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Change Thousands & Decimal Separators in Excel, PowerPoint and ThinkCell

Sometimes you don’t want the comma “,” as a thousands separator, but rather a full stop “.”. Or you don’t want the full stop as the decimal separator. Changing these two separators in Office is easy: You can either do it system-wide or override the system settings.

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Passwords in Excel: Everything about Locking and Unlocking Workbooks and Sheets

Excel is one of the most popular applications in the business life. No wonder, that there is lots of sensitive data saved in Excel workbooks and sheets. Excel provides methods to secure this data: By protecting them with passwords. But Excel also offers much more than just using passwords on complete workbooks: You can also protect contents on single sheets, areas on worksheets and single cells. In this article, you’ll learn all this: From protecting entire workbooks to single cells. Even better: You’ll learn how to unprotect them as far as possible.

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Excel FAQ

There are many annoyances and troubles in Excel. Most of them you can easily fix. For example: You can’t scroll up and down. Or the formula bar is gone. Or you can’t group and ungroup rows and columns. The problem: Often it’s not very intuitive to find the right button or setting. Check our comprehensive FAQ!

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XLSX, XLSM or XLSB: Which File Type Is the Best for You?

Probably 99% of all Excel workbooks are saved in the XLSX file type these days. But there are various other file extensions available: For example XLSM, XLSB or “older” Excel users might still remember the XLS file type. What are the differences of these file types? And even more important: Which one should you use?

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SUBTOTAL in Excel: Everything You Should Know

SUBTOTAL is one of those formulas in Excel, which is very powerful but not well known. The reason is, that you can achieve all its operations by other formulas as well. But in many cases, SUBTOTAL would be the better choice. Read here how to use it and why SUBTOTAL is very useful.

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