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Remove password from an Excel Document

I'm providing internal support and one of our users has managed to put a password on an excel file by accident, I've done the proper checks to make sure that the user should have access to the ...
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How can I set Excel to always import all columns of CSV files as Text?

Though I try to avoid it, I occasionally have to open a CSV file in Excel. When I do, it formats columns containing numbers, which makes them useless for my purposes. As far as I can tell, the only ...
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Open Excel files in new window

When I have Excel running and I double click an Excel file in Windows explorer, I'd like it to launch in a new window by default so that I can move documents to separate monitors. Is there any way to ...
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Is it possible to “unpivot” or “reverse pivot” in Excel?

I have data that looks like this: Id | Loc1 | Loc2 | Loc3 | Loc4 ------------------------------ 1 | NY | CA | TX | IL 2 | WA | OR | NH | RI And I want to convert it to this: Id | ...
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Comparing Similar Text Strings in Excel

I am currently trying to reconcile “Name” fields from two separate data sources. I have a number of names that are not an exact match but are close enough to be considered matched (examples below). ...
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How do I use Excel 2010 Personal Macro Workbook?

I want all of my macros that I've written to always be available to me when I'm using MicroSoft Excel 2010. How can I do this?
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Excel 2010 conditional formatting: selectively highlighting duplicates

I'm using Excel 2010 and would like to know if there's any way I can choose conditional formatting to highlight only instances of duplicates when it's found in ALL the columns I chose? For instance, ...
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How do I get the distinct values in a column in Excel?

If I have a column with values, and I want to find out what distinct values are in there (not how many - but the actual distinct values), how can I do that? In SQL Server I would do something like ...
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Need two excel windows side by side, on different monitors, in the same instance

I have to do work between two spreadsheets and I need to view them side by side. I can't just open the workbooks in separate instances because I need to make use of features like paste formatting, and ...
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How to add/subtract months from given date in Excel

Here is my scenario: I have to populate list with dates and some metadata of upcoming events for the following year in my Excel application. Some of the events are occurring on the same day each ...
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Sum Values in One Range Based on Criteria in Another

I have a simple spreadsheet, two columns "Amount" (col Q) and "Account" (col O). I want to get the sum of the "Amount" column where the corresponding "Account" forum equals "Paypal". This is as far ...
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Conditional formatting to highlight the whole row

I would like to highlight the whole row 5 if J5="T". I used to do it with the old Excel, the 2010 conditional formatting ignores it. So my rule is like this and it does not work. I used the formula ...
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Count number of rows with conditions met in two columns

I have some Excel columns that look like this. 1774 David Not Upheld 1770 James Upheld 1771 David Upheld 1772 Sam ...
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How do I compare two Excel documents? [closed]

The compare function in Word 2007 is very handy -- is there a similar capability in Excel 2007? I can't seem to find it... The documents I'm trying to compare are essentially two versions of the same ...
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How do I join two worksheets in Excel as I would in SQL?

I have two worksheets in two different Excel files. They both contain a list of names and addresses. One is a master list that includes other fields, and the other is a list that only includes name ...
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How to compare two columns and find differences in excel

I have two columns in Excel that I want to compare and find the differences between them. Suppose Col A has 50 numbers i.e 0511234567 Col B has 100 numbers in the same format
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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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How to combine values from multiple rows into a single row in Excel?

I have a data dump in Excel that consists of annual customer data for two different values. The data was provided with a separate row for value for every year and customer. I.e. it looks like this: ...
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Extract values from a range that are missing from another

I've got two columns in Excel, "ROSTER" and "PRESENT", shown below: Is there a formula to achieve the "NOT HERE" column? I tried using VLOOKUP() and http://superuser.com/a/289653/135912 to no avail ...
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How do I split one row into multiple rows with Excel?

I have a product database in Excel with several hundred entries, each of which has from 1 to 3 "tiers" of pricing: Standard, Deluxe, and Premium. Each tier has its own SKU (A, B, or C added on to the ...
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Grouping data columns by shared values

I don't know how to properly describe what I need to do, so I will give an example. A colleague has a data set in Excel like so: Col A Col B Col C aaaaa aaaaa bbbbb bbbbb ccccc ...
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I cannot open Excel file

I have office 2010 installed and the file was working but suddenly when I try to open it It gives me following error Excel cannot open the file ... because the file format or the file extension ...
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How to open semicolon delimited CSV-files in US-version of Excel

When I double-click on a .csv file, it is opened in Excel. The csv-files have columns delimited with semicolons (not commas, but also a valid format). Using a German Windows/Excel setup, the opened ...
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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 count number of distinct values in a range?

I've got a large table that is already organized using filters etc. I'd like to add a summary underneath certain columns that contain the number of distinct values in that column. There's no ...
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Recover sheet protection password in Excel

I have an Excel workbook. Two years before I set password protection option for one of the sheets. Now I have forgotten the password. Is there any way to recover the password of that Excel sheet?
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Run an SQL Query With a Parameter from Excel 2007

I have a query in an excel table. I followed this to do it. But how can I add a parameter from a cell into my query? I am looking for a way to do this select * from dbo.Customers where CustomerID ...
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Excel Auto-Fill Without Mouse (Keyboard Only)

So when I want to extend a series or something along those lines, I can highlight a group of cells, then click on the bottom right corner of the highlighting box and drag down. Excel will then ...
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Excel: Is there a registry setting to suppress the warning messages when saving spreadsheets in CSV format?

I work with many CSV files, and am constantly annoyed by the Excel dialog that pops up when I try to save a file: "[your spreadsheet] may contain features that are not compatible with CSV (Comma ...
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Excel - pivot values in one cell (as comma-separated value)

Excel - pivot values in one cell (as comma-separated value) I have two columns of data: Supplier1|Product1 Supplier1|Product2 Supplier1|Product4 Supplier1|Product7 Supplier2|Product3 ...
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Transpose matrix-style table to 3 columns in Excel

I have a matrix-style table in excel where B1:Z1 are column headings and A2:A99 are row headings. I would like to convert this table to a 3 column table (column heading, row heading, cell value). It ...
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Excel automatic hyperlinks

After years of not wanting Word and Excel to automatically turn things into hyperlinks, the one time I want them to they refuse. I have a list of strings in Excel which I am concatenating with a ...
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Excel: Find a subset of numbers that add to a given total?

I have a column of numbers (lets say it's A1:A100) and I need to find a subset of them that sum to a certain total.
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Why does Office 2010 fail to open an Excel file?

I have a excel file I've put on a file server. When required i access it via a dll, fill it with some data in background only (through ExecuteExcel functionality). It used to work before. Recently I ...
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Excel 2007 transpose/combine multiple rows into one

I have data like so: 1001NCCN 3618127 1001NCCN 208478 1001NCCN 207316 1001TEMN 409889 1001TEMN 801651 1001TEMN 273134 1001TEMN 208478 1001TEMN 207316 I need to ...
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Excel - how to either have direct data input or cell value from formula

I would like to either populate a cell value from direct key input or have the cell value derived from a formula. Example: either directly input a number into cell A4 or have the value for A4 = A2 + ...
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Any Excel function that will reverse a string?

Are there any built-in Excel functions that will reverse a string?
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Microsoft Excel 2003 - Merge by Column

I'm trying to merge two excel files, here is the structure of the files: [A] [B] I want to add the column B from one file to another as column C, but the thing is that they have some rows under A ...
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Adding a zero before values in an Excel spreadsheet column?

While trying to fill in social security numbers into Excel 2007, my dad found out that he couldn't make the numbers start with a zero (0). Example: 0123456789 is turned into 123456789 What do I need ...
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Convert Excel Text string to Time

I'm trying to Export from an OLD System that stored Time in / Time out as a text string in 24 hour time. For example 3pm, is entered as 1500 (no colon) Is there a simple way I can convert these ...
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Enable smooth scrolling in Excel for large cells

When I have rather big (height wise) cell in MS Excel and am trying to scroll via mouse or even via scrollbar (clicking on "<-" "->" pointers) - Excel just jumps below to the next cell, hiding even ...
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Excel: Find Items in one column that are not in another column

I have two columns in excel, and I want to find (preferably highlight) the items that are in column B, but not in column A. What's the quickest way to do this?
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How to get the current column name in Excel?

What is the function to get the current line number and the current column name for a cell in Excel?
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Can you do Regular Expressions in Excel without VBScript?

I'm looking for an Excel function that I can put in a cell to do a regex search of the contents of another cell. Is there anything available to do this? I'd prefer not to have to add VB Script to ...
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How to enter a carriage return in an Excel file

How do you enter a carriage return or CHAR(13) in a worksheet cell manually ? I'm not talking about a line feed or CHAR(10). I've seen this in a file and the carriage return had a very weird effect ...
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Can I use an excel formula to extract the link location of a hyperlink in a cell?

I have a spreadsheet with a large number of cells containing hyperlinks with display text different than the hyperlink location ie: cell location: A1 display text = "Site Info" hyperlink location ...
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True difference between Excel CSV and Standard CSV

What is the true difference between an Excel CSV and a standard CSV? For example, when handling columns with line breaks inside one cell, how do they encode it differently?
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How can you make Excel 2007 stop formatting large numbers as scientific notation?

Kind of the inverse of this question. I frequently download CSVs from outside sources as part of my programming work. I like to examine their data in Excel because, let's face it, Excel is an ideal ...
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Where is “Browse in same window” in Windows 7

How in the world do you configure IE8 to NOT open excel documents in its window. There was a setting ("Browse in same window") in XP under Folder Options > File Types where you could specify the ...
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How to Label / Tag Items in a Spreadsheet

I'm a novice at spreadsheets, so I hope you'll forgive me if I'm asking a super obvious question. Is it possible to use tags in Excel/Google Spreadsheet? I'm creating a spreadsheet to log all the ...