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Plotting categories on XY Scatter or Bubble chart
Using this method, it is possible to chart categories against each other or a numerical variable using either a bubble or XY Scatter chart
Displaying the latest value on a chart
How to display data point(s) on a chart showing the latest information without needing to edit the chart every-time.
Working with Critical Path and Total Slack
In this post I will look at one of the most useful aspects of using a properly linked up MS Project plan; the ability to quickly and easily see the impact of change and identify the “critical path(s)” in the project.
VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP
Vlookup and Hlookup are very useful when working with sets of data. Simple when understood and very powerful and useful.
Advanced VLOOKUP: Nested lookups
An interesting way to make VLOOKUP (and HLOOKUP) more powerful is to nest them, allowing the result of the first lookup to be used as the reference in the second lookup.
Benefits of planning - why have a plan?
Why have a plan? Planning has two phases of benefit; plan production and plan maintenance.
Control the choices allowed in one drop down / cell based on the contents of another cell
How to control the allowed entries in one cell based on the contents of another cell - linked drop down boxes
Use conditional formatting to highlight cells containing a formula
How to highlight cells that contain (or don't contain) a formula. This is very useful when you have a table which is generally calculated but has some cells which are manually entered.
What makes a good project plan?
We've all seen bad plans, but what makes a good plan. Here are some simple guidelines to what makes a good plan.
Find the Nth instance of text in a cell
Finding the 2nd, 3rd, nth instance of a character in another cell is very useful and not possible with the standard FIND. This blog entry shows a simple way to do this.
Working with a Resource Pool and distributed project files
A guide to working with a resource pool across multiple files in a program plan where the plans are distributed across drives or project managers.
Horizontal Dot Chart
How to create a chart that Excel seems to make impossible - a series of dots with categories on the Y axis against values on the X axis.
Conditional formatting to show if a cell contains a formula
A way to show which cells in a sheet contain formulae - very useful if you have a column of calculations with isolated items manually entered.
Tricks with dates in Excel
Working with dates in Excel is fairly easy however here are some tricks that I have found useful.
Excel: Drawing information from SharePoint files
You have a shared file repository containing useful information (for instance a RAID log) and you would like to be able to used some elements of that information in a calculation in another excel file.
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