The 2010 version of Microsoft's spreadsheet application.

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### Easiest way to open CSV with commas in Excel

CSV files are automatically associated with Excel but when I open them, all the rows are basically in the first column, like this:
It's probably because when Excel thinks "comma-separated values", ...

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### How to make Excel's “Auto Fit Row Height” feature actually auto fit the row height?

For every generation of Excel I can remember (including 2010, which I'm using now), Excel's "Auto Size Row" features sometimes fails to actually auto size a row when the cell contains wrapped text. ...

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### How to remove the print preview lines in Excel 2010?

Somehow or other I have managed to switch on the print margin lines in Excel 2010. I cannot seem to turn them off. I went to Page Layout->Page Setup->Print Area->Clear Print Area but the lines remain ...

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### Why does Excel treat long numeric strings as scientific notation even after changing cell format to text

I'm trying to process some data in Excel. The data includes numeric account numbers and other long numeric strings (like cell phone MEIDs). I am not doing math operations on these strings, so I want ...

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### What is the maximum allowed rows in a Microsoft Excel .xls or .xlsx

Is there a limit? I couldn't find one posted.

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### How to copy conditional formating to another Excel Worksheet

I have set up conditional formatting in a set of cells of "Sheet2" on my workbook. I'd like to reuse this formatting on "Sheet1" (I've spent quite some time setting it up). Is there a way to do it?
...

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### How to control CSV import into Excel 2010

When I open CSV files in Excel 2010 I get entire rows in cells, not distributed according comma separation.
How to control this?

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### Excel 2010 on multi monitor screen

With office 2010 I would like to open two excel document on different monitor.
The only way I achieved to do this was to widden the Excel main window over the both screen which is not very convenient ...

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### How do I enter dates in ISO 8601 date format (YYYY-MM-DD) in Excel (and have Excel recognize that format as a date value)?

I tried to enter this date in ISO 8601 format (YYYY-MM-DD) in Excel 2010: 2012-04-08, but Excel automatically converts the date format to 4/8/2012.
I tried scrolling through the different types of ...

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### How do I export a chart as a png in Excel 2010?

Given a chart (normal column chart of whatever), how do I export that chart and only that chart as a PNG?

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### How to insert a date into an Excel spreadsheet?

I want to insert date and time into a cell of an Excel spreadsheet. NOW() and TODAY() don't fit my needs. These functions insert dynamic date. But I want static: if I insert the date it won't change ...

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### Create a pie chart from distinct values in one column by grouping data in Excel

I have an Excel document containing information from a survey. I want to create a pie chart over location (countries).
How can I make Excel group all the distinct values together and then display ...

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### Prevent Excel from clearing copied data for pasting, after certain operations, without Office clipboard

Whenever you copy a cell or a range of cells in Excel (my version is 2010 on Windows 7), and then do something else like insert new sheet row or simply edit another cell, Excel removes the clipboard ...

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### Grouping labels and concatenating their text values (like a pivot table)

I've got a spreadsheet with data like this:
Product | Attribute
----------+----------
Product A | Cyan
Product B | Cyan
Product C | Cyan
Product A | Magenta
Product C | Magenta
Product B | Yellow
...

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### Pasting text into Excel without splitting on spaces (or other delimiter)

I recently used the Text to Columns feature in Excel to split a column of data into multiple columns based on the space character. Now when I paste text into Excel it automatically splits it into ...

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### How to add cell padding in Excel 2010?

Is there a way to add padding to cells in Excel 2010?
The spreadsheet I'm using has cells in one column with varying row heights. I don't want to center the text, I just want it padded slightly ...

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### Ignore multiple “number stored as text” errors at once

I have a spreadsheet where a certain column has a lot of data which generates "number stored as text" errors. I want the numbers to be stored as text in this column for certain formatting purposes. ...

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### show Excel sheet tab in >=2 row

Some days I'm working with extremely large Excel files, they have to many sheet that can't be show in 1 sheet tab. (see image)
So, I'm wondering that whether or not we can show Excel sheet on ...

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### Excel pie chart: How to combine smaller values in a single “Other” slice?

I have this pie chart in Excel 2010 (based on a pivot table):
I'd like to combine all the values smaller than X% in a single "Other" slice. In previous versions of Excel, it was possible to use the ...

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### Is there a way to move a column in between existing columns with drag-and-drop?

In Excel 2010, I want to move a column with some data to be in between two existing columns which also have data. However, a simple drag-and-drop of the column will just prompt me to replace the data ...

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### convert text string to date/time format

I have a column that is text formatted like 20110408_2041. How can I format it to date/time format?

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### What does the [@[bar foo]] operator do in Excel, in particular the at sign?

I've seen someone construct what seemed like cell references in Excel that looked like
=[@[column title]]*someothercell
What is this feature called, are the rectangular brackets and the at sign ...

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### Excel Compatibility Report: How do I find the offending cells?

I am using Excel 2010, and while saving a workbook as .xls, I get the usual compatibility report:
I usually don't care much about it, but this time I need to guarantee that a user of a previous ...

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### Copy Excel worksheet and maintain relative cell reference in formulas

Another copy problem in Excel:
How can I copy a Worksheet from WorkbookA.xlsx into WorkbookB.xlsx without the copied Worksheet still referencing WorkbookA.xlsx e.g. the formula =B!23 becomes ...

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### What's the keyboard shortcut to Unhide a column in Excel 2010?

My SHIFT key doesn't appear to be broken, so this one's got me stumped: Looking online, I've been told the keyboard shortcuts for hiding and unhiding columns in Excel are CTRL + 0 and CTRL + SHIFT + ...

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### How to autofill Excel cells by week?

Let's say I type in 7/1/2011 into cell A1. I autofill/drag down the grippie and the cells beneath fill with an incremental days.
Is there a way to autofill by week? In other words, cell A2 should ...

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### Is there an Excel function to create a hash value?

I'm working with a number of data lists that are keyed by document name. The document names, while very descriptive, are quite cumbersome if I need to view them on (up to 256 bytes is a lot of real ...

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### Make some cells in an Excel sheet password protected?

I have an Excel 2010 file that I do not want to have a password for, but I do want to lock certain cells so that I do not accidentally edit them.
Can certain cells be made read-only without a ...

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### Excel Scatter Chart with Labels

I have three columns of data. Column 1 has a short description, column 2 has a benefit number and column 3 has a cost. I can create a cost/benefit scatter chart, but what I want is to be able to ...

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### How do I keep Conditional Formatting formulas and ranges from automatically changing?

I've found that Conditional Formatting formulas and ranges will automatically adjust when you copy, delete, or move data around in a spreadsheet. While this is a nice idea, it tends to break things ...

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### Set Excel to search within entire workbook by default

In Microsoft Excel, when I search using CTRL+F, by default it only searches within the current worksheet.
How can I set it to search within the entire workbook by default? I have Office 2010. Is ...

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### Median in Pivot Table in Excel 2010?

Astonishing that this functionality is not present in such an ancient application
Is there a known workaround?
I'm on about the part where you can change the aggregation type for a value field:
It ...

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### How can I create a hyperlink to an HTML file's specific sections within Excel?

I have a HTML file which includes anchors within it. I'm able to get to a specific section via a browser if I specify the anchor name, so when I write
...

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### Excel spreadsheet undoes/reverts to previously saved state

A very unusual problem haunts my colleague
From time to time when she works with Excel 2010 (numerous workbooks, some of them quite large), the computer "decides" to undo everything that was done ...

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### Formula comparing cell to fixed date always returns false

The following formulas in Excel 2010 both give me a "No" answer:
Formula:
=IF(S8="24/03/2015","Yes","No")
where S8 has format/value dd/mm/yyyy / 24/03/2015
=IF(S9>"30/06/2013","Yes","No")
...

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### Why is Excel truncating my 16-digit numbers?

If I type in a 16 digit number (format: number, no decimals) it changes the number on me. Example: 1234567812345678 changes the view to 1234567812345670.
If I type it in as a general format it ...

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### How do I get excel to not mess around with the formatting of a .csv file

I have two issues with a csv file that occur when I try and edit it in Excel.
I have an ISBN column that gets reformatted to scientific format every time I save the file
The encoding for the file is ...

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### How to refresh data in shared Excel 2010 workbook

I have a Excel 2010 workbook that is shared by other users who periodically update various cells. Is there a shortcut key, like F5 with most web browsers, that updates the document with any changes ...

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### VBA Runtime error 1004: Method 'OpenText' of object 'Workbooks' failed

After an upgrade to Excel 2010 (from 2003), a script used for standardizing data from Access import has stopped working. It returns an error: "Run-time error '1004': Method 'OpenText' of object ...

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### Using optimization to assign by preference

I have 100 objects ("candies") that I need to distribute between five people so that each has an equal number of candies (in this case, 20 candies per person).
However, each person has also expressed ...

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### Where can I find guidelines for how to use Excel's “Data and Model” cell styles (specifically “Linked Cell”)?

(I originally asked for "well-known" guidelines, but got no answers. In light of that I think it's fine is anyone just wants to answer with their own guidelines or a link to some they like.)
I have ...

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### Keyboard shortcuts for selecting range using Inputbox in Excel

I am using Excel 2010 and I have a problem with using keyboard shortcuts for choosing ranges in an Inputbox.
I am using a standard Application.Inputbox with type:=8. The code prompts the user to ...

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### Check if Excel cell text is numeric using formula only

I have to find out if my cells text is a numeric value and wanted to use an elegant non VBA method that doesn't impede on its current state or value.
What I've found is that the ISNUMBER() function ...

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### How do I select an entire row in Excel?

How do I highlight all cells in an Excel row?
I'm using Excel 2010 on Windows.

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### How can I create a properly aligned curly brace that spans multiple rows or columns in Excel?

I would like to group a couple of columns or rows together and add a note to them. When I try that with normal letter-resizing, it gets ugly, misaligned to the rows, too bold and the centered text ...

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### Conditional formatting of TRUE / FALSE values in an Excel 2010 range

I have a range containing formulas that evaluate to TRUE or FALSE.
How would one apply conditional formatting to this range, so that TRUE cells are Green, and FALSE cells are RED?

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### Diagnosing slow Excel spreadsheets?

A client contacted me, complaining of Excel spreadsheets that were taking far too long to open. They use Excel for creating invoices, so they have hundreds of Excel spreadsheets with light formatting ...

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### Why is Excel 2010/2013 taking 10 seconds open any file?

I have a fast Windows 7 PC with two SSDs and 16GB of RAM, so I'm used to programs loading very fast. But recently, for no reason I can figure out, Excel has started taking way too long to open Excel ...

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### How do I resolve the error “Excel found unreadable content in (filename)”?

Has anyone else seen this? Sometimes when I open certain worksheets in Excel 2010 I see the message in the title. Excel then asks if I want to repair the file. I say "Yes" and Excel reports that ...

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### How do I stop excel from turning numbers and dates to # in short columns

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I have an excel document that is being used for reports. For readability I currently have all the columns fairly narrow and am using cell overflow a lot visually. I want excel to recognize ...