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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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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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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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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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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 the macros that I've written to always be available when I'm using Microsoft Excel 2010. How can I do this?
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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 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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How do I get the distinct/unique 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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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 repair a corrupted Excel file

I'm trying to restore some files for a friend who messed up a USB stick by pulling it out of the computer too soon. By searching invisible partitions I was able to restore the files. All files are ...
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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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VLOOKUP with multiple criteria

I have a workbook with 2 sheets: spg and data From the data sheet I wish to do a vlookup in the spg sheet, based on the value of multiple columns in spg. I can do a =VLOOKUP(H5,spg!$D:$I,6,0) but ...
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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 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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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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Excel - How to vlookup to return multiple values?

I'm looking to use Excel to look up and return multiple reference values for a given key. VLookup does something very similar to what I need - but only returns a single match. I assume it'll involve ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How to I auto-refresh an Excel auto-filter when data is changed?

How to I auto-refresh an Excel auto-filter when data is changed? Use case: I change the value of one cell to a value that was filtered. I want to see the current row disappearing without having to do ...
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How do I fix a corrupted XLS file? [duplicate]

I have an excel file that has recently become corrupted. It was created back in 2006 and I was wondering if anyone knows of a quick and easy way to extract the data. The exact error message is: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to make a Pie radar chart

I want to create a circular chart in Excel with 8 sectors like in this example: Instead of representing the percentage like in a pie chart, I want the actual value like in a radar chart. Is it ...
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How do I load external images into Excel? [duplicate]

I have a table with a column of links (URLs) to images. I want to load the linked images into the next cell over. For example: A1 contains http://example.com/image.jpg I want to load the image ...
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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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Why does Excel not auto-update my equations anymore? [duplicate]

For some reason all of a sudden when I update cells in Excel, my equations are not being updated. For example, I have a simple equation =SUM(C4:C16). If I change any of the cells in C4-C16, the ...
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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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Changing bounds of excel file embedded in powerpoint

When I embed an excel files into powerpoint, I'm having two issues. On some of the spreadsheets, empty columns are displayed on the right hand side of the powerpoint slide On other spreadsheets that ...
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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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Excel-Count number of visible cells containing certain string

I have a sheet in which I first apply a filter to a certain column to show "Unique records only". Now I have a column which contains, for e.g., values like: Applepie Applesauce Crabapple Banana Mango ...
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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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Find and replace multiple values within selected cells

I want to run a find and replace on multiple values within a range in excel with values from 2 columns: A with the original word; B with the translation. I already found the VBA code to get this ...