Excel is a great software. It’s easy to use (at least the basic functions…) and very flexible. Unfortunately, coming with the flexibility, users tend to misuse the options and disobey certain basic rules. One thing I’ve seen multiple times is to transport important information in the formatting of a cell. It might be the background… Continue reading Return Number Format Codes in Excel – 4 Ways to Get the Formatting Code from a Cell
Excel provides many default number formats. But often, these formats are not enough. For example: 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… Continue reading Custom Number Formats: Big Guide, Popular Codes and a Free Download
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.
A good Excel table provides a quick overview of the most important facts and figures. One way of highlighting important numbers is by using colors. For example, values below zero should stand out.
You are changing the cell format, for example from “text” to “number” and nothing happens? Or the other way around, you want to enter a phone number but Excel automatically converts it to a number? Unfortunately, Excel is very unpredictable when it comes to text/number formatting. Here is what you should do in order to… Continue reading Force Cell to Text/Number Format in Excel: Easy Tricks!
The “Conditional Formatting” button is hidden in the middle of the Home ribbon in Excel. Nonetheless, Conditional Formatting offers many options for visualizing your data. As the name already says, Excel can format your table depending on one or more conditions.
One advanced scenario of Conditional Formatting is to use formulas to determine the format. Let’s say, you want to change the background color of cell A if cell B has a certain value.