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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Excel - can I set a cell to equal a certain value, no matter what is typed in it?

This is to play a joke on someone...not sure if it's possible to do what I want. We are circulating an Excel file among friends to select players for a golf tournament. I would like to set a cell ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Entering lots of dates without having to physically key the / (forward slash)

I enter a lot of columns of dates, for instance 05/12/1943. I would like it to appear as such, but I would only like to type 5121943. I am trying to conserve on my key strokes. I have been able to use ...
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Unable to get Excel to recognise date in column

I constantly have problems working with dates in Excel, I must be doing something wrong but I don't understand what. I have a spreadsheet, exported from our exchange server, that contains a column ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Display Blank when Referencing Blank Cell in Excel 2010

I have an Excel 2010 workbook that contains a number of individual worksheets. The cells on one of the sheets are linked to individual cells on two other worksheets in the same workbook. I'm using a ...
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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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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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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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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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Excel - Prevent cell text from overflowing into next (empty) cell

When you have text in an Excel cell that is too long to be shown in the visible area of that cell, and the next cell on the right is empty, Excel lets the text be displayed in that next cell (and the ...
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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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Excel 2010 PowerPivot: How do I show items with no data?

In standard Excel pivot tables, there is an option for fields that allow you to force display of all items even if there are no results for your current selection. Here's the option: However, using ...
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How to toggle Scroll Lock in Excel 2010 without a Scroll Lock key in the keyboard

I have a notebook with no Scroll Lock key (or any shortcut using the 'Fn' key). Somehow Excel 2010 got the Scroll Lock on. I see it left down in the status bar and now I can't navigate through cells ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Excel: filter a column by more than two values

I have a worksheet with a column, user_ID, that contains a large number of user IDs I'd like to filter it down to about a dozen IDs, but using Filter -> Custom Filter only allows me to filter by 2 ...
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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 to display or view non-printing characters in Excel?

Is there an option in MS Excel 2010 that will display non-printing characters within a cell (e.g. spaces or the linebreak character introduced by pressing Alt-Enter)?
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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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How do I export only visible cells from Excel to CSV?

I am running Excel 2010. At the top of my spreadsheet I have about 10 hidden rows. When I export to CSV, how do I export only visible cells?
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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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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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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 ...