Professor Excel

Are you an Excel expert? Test your Excel knowledge here!

Microsoft claims that more than 1 bn. people use the Office suite. And if you look around – not only in the business world but also for private tasks, Excel is a very important software. So, how well do you know Microsoft Excel? Are you an Excel expert? Test your Excel knowledge with these 12 questions.


Cell References Messed Up? How to Avoid Wrong Cell Links When Sorting in Excel

This problem is very annoying and not very reasonable: When you sort your Excel table, for example using filters, cell references messed up. Instead of linking to a cell in the same row, they suddenly refer to a cell in a different row. The dangerous part: Often, you want immediately notice it – and something like this might happen… Here is the reason and how to fix broken cell references after sorting data.


Insert Sheet Name In Cell: Easy! 3 Methods to Return the Worksheet Name

Often, you need to insert and work with the sheet name in an Excel sheet, for example if you are working with the ‘INDIRECT’-formula. Or, if you want to dynamically change headlines depending on the sheet name. If you don’t want to type the sheet name manually – which is very unstable – there are three ways to get a sheet name


2D XLOOKUPs: How to use the new XLOOKUP for searching in two dimensions

The new XLOOKUP function in Excel not only offers great advanced features, but can be also used for 2D XLOOKUPs. Before XLOOKUP, the most common way for searching in rows and columns at the same time was INDEX/MATCH/MATCH. A combination of XLOOKUP and XLOOKUP can do the same. Let’s see how it works and explore the advantages and disadvantages vs. INDEX/MATCH/MATCH.

As mentioned in the previous parts of this series, XLOOKUP returns arrays (which is a range of cells, not only a single value). VLOOKUP, on the other hand, only returns single values. The basic idea is to use one XLOOKUP to return a range of cells (for example a column or row). A second XLOOKUP wrapped around then returns a single item from this array.


Performance of XLOOKUP: How fast is the new XLOOKUP vs. VLOOKUP?

We’ve explored the basics of XLOOKUP, discovered a wide range of advanced use cases for XLOOKUP and the advantages towards VLOOKUP and INDEX/MATCH. What we have not talked about so far is the performance of XLOOKUP. Especially for larger Excel models with possibly hundreds of thousands of functions to calculate, performance is a major concern. Let’s see how XLOOKUP performs vs. VLOOKUP and INDEX/MATCH!


Correct Wrong Strava and Garmin Results in Excel: Free Tool!

I love doing sports, especially running, but also biking and gym activities. I always record my runs and rides and like to analyze them afterwards in Garmin Connect and Strava. Sometimes, however, the results are obviously wrong. For example, when my heart rate monitor, which is connected to my watch, is running out of battery. In such case, the heart rate simply looks wrong and sometimes even drops down to my resting heart rate – although I’m still moving with the same pace and perceived effort. That’s why I’ve looked for a way to correct the data, especially the heart rate. I have come up with a small Excel tool to correct Strava and Garmin activity data. Let’s take a look.


Advanced XLOOKUP: All the great, fancy stuff possible with XLOOKUP!

In our previous article of this big XLOOKUP series, we have explored the basic usage of XLOOKUP. Now it is time to up our game: All the great, fancy stuff you can do with XLOOKUP. We look at error catching, wildcard lookups and grouping / classification problems. These advanced XLOOKUP functions will make you the lookup master!


The best tips and tricks for screen sharing in Excel

Screen Sharing Excel files with Zoom & Co Like A Pro: Easy Tricks!

In times with an increasing amount of remote work, presenting Excel files through Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, etc. seems to be the new normal. I often present day-in day-out my Excel files through screen sharing sessions. Depending on the audience, the task and the status of the file, the presentation should probably look as professional as possible. In this article you’ll find the most important tips and tricks!

XLOOKUP in Excel

XLOOKUP in Excel: Easily Solve all VLOOKUP Problems!

It seems as if Microsoft has listened to many complaints of Excel users and introduced a new formula: XLOOKUP. It’s supposed to improve all the disadvantages of the “traditional” lookup functions VLOOKUP, INDEX/MATCH and SUMIFS. This article describes in what case and how to use it. Please feel also free to download all example in an Excel workbook at the end of this article.

The XLOOKUP function is special in a way that it is very simple in it’s basic form. Just three arguments that are quite straight-forward. At the same time, it has very advanced capabilities. That’s why I’ve decided to split this article: The basic application, just using the first three arguments and advanced functions.


Convert XLOOKUP to VLOOKUP in Excel.

Convert XLOOKUP to VLOOKUP With These 4 Easy Methods!

The new XLOOKUP formula in Excel is great. It’s very powerful and solves many problems the iconic VLOOKUP (or HLOOKUP) formula cannot do. But there is one problem: It’s only available in the newest Excel versions. Older versions – which are still around a lot – can’t use them. In this article we explore 4 ways to convert XLOOKUP to VLOOKUP.