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
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.
There are many reasons why you might want to hide zero values in Excel. For example when working with cell links, Excel shows a 0 even if the source cell is blank. Or because it might look more professional. Whatever reason you have, there are different methods for hiding zero values. Depending on the scope… Continue reading Hide Zero Values in Excel: 3 Simple Methods
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.