# Questions tagged [microsoft-excel]

A spreadsheet application by Microsoft. Use this tag along with [vba] if your question involves programming Excel in VBA, and with [worksheet-function] if it involves an Excel formula or worksheet function.

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### Sort highest match in excel

How can in Excel sort multiple collumns with data?
Column B = Subscribe date
Column A = Subscribe name
I have multiple columns with a lot of doubles names (A) and different subscribe dates(B)
How ...

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### Excel, sort multiple columns

How can I sort multiple columns in Excel? So first sort culumn B and then A, D

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### MSFT Excel pivot table links to external data

Question1: What is the best online forum to ask MSFT Excel questions of the following variety?
Question2: How can I link an excel pivot-table to a potentially changing source table without having to ...

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### How do you move between lines in a cell with multiple lines of text in Excel?

If I have a cell that is multiple lines of text, I can drag the top bar down to see all the different lines in the cell, but when I hit enter, the cursor goes out of the cell and onto the next.
How ...

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### Excel: Finding a value in a range of values

In my Excel document, I have one sheet containing a column of important dates. In another sheet I have a list of all dates. I want to conditionally format that list such that if the date is present in ...

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### Recovering Excel documents that were closed without saving

Can I ensure that if I mistakenly close a Microsoft Excel document without saving the latest version, that I can recover some of the work I've done?
I'm using Excel 2003.

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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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### How can I use the Excel PMT function to calculate a mortgage payment?

The formula wizard asks for:
Rate, NPER, PV, and FV.
I have the following info:
I guess the rate would be the annual interest rate (say 5.5%) divided by 12, or 0.48%.
NPER is the number of periods,...

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### How can I copy a formula multiple times and always refer to the same cell?

I have a number in cell A1 and a column of 20 numbers in the B column.
I'd like to put a formula in each of the cells in the C column next to each number in the B column. Let's say it's =B1-A1, and ...

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### Excel Shortcut to Editbar

I currently have to do some work in an Excel sheet and as we all know Enter jumps to the next row (at the current column) and I can start typing.
Until I have to use the arrows (Ctrl + ←/→),...

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### Google Spreadsheets: Counting number of matches between two rows

In a spreadsheet in Google Spreadsheets, I have multiple-choice answers I would like to grade.
One row (user 0) contains the answer key, and the other rows contain user answers.
User Q1 Q2 Q3 ...

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### Unable to create charts for all values in an entire column in Excel 2003

My Excel data looks like this: (it's a lot bigger in fact)
code1 code2 01/08 02/08
X A 12 10
X B 8 15
Y A 52 0
Y B 5 5
Every day I add ...

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### How do you do multiple regresson in Excel (to show Mediation)?

Does anyone know how to use Excel to do multiple regession to show full and partial mediation using Baron and Kenny's method and alternatively Preacher and Hayes. I've been looking around for ...

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### How can I calculate the sum of all positive integers less than n?

I have the following function:
f(n) = f(n - 1) + (n - 1)
f(0) = 0
n >= 0
I have n declared on column A, and need the result of f(n) on column B.
I'm trying to find the Excel formula equivalent ...

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### Excel 2007 Sharing Violation error on a standalone PC

On my home PC, why do I get the Excel Sharing Violation error while performing a Save operation in MS Excel 2007?
The exact error message is:
Your changes could not be saved to
'filename.xls' ...

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### Fix a (Today) Date in Excel

I have a file with a VB macro that puts a TODAY() formula in a cell when I click a button. The formula is volatile and updates every time the sheet is calculated. Instead, I would like to lock the ...

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### Excel 2007 is converting CSV fields into formulas

I have a problem with a CSV file which has telephone numbers stored in their internationalized format (+1-800-555-1234). When opening this CSV in Excel 2007, it converts that data to a formula and ...

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### Unlocking Locked Drop Down boxes in Excel

I have a couple of drop down boxes on a form that are what I'd like to dub "perma-locked". Every person we've thrown at the form is unable to unlock the drop down.
The drop downs do not show a ...

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### Multi-value selection in an Excel cell

There's a way to make an Excel cell kind of a dropdown selection box. You would just go to Data->Validation with a cell or a range of cell selected, select list as the data type and specify the list ...

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### Excel does not have enough memory to start error

Every morning I come into work and fire up excel and get greeted by a lovely "There is not enough memory to run excel." error. There are no other applications running and it is fixed by a reboot.
It'...

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### Excel validation - can it be used to make sure duplicates are not entered?

I have an excel spreadsheet - is it possible to have validation so that a column cannot contain a value that already exists in the column?

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### Alternatives to work with .xlsx files?

I don't have Excel'07 installed on my machine, but I need to work with .xlsx files.
Excel'03 has a compatibility pack, but I could only open xslx files, not being able to save or create them.
Do you ...

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### What is the best way to share an Excel macro across multiple machines?

All computers are running Office 2007.

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### Links in Excel changed after a crash

A few of my users use Excel spreadsheets that have cells linked to other spread sheats. It is set up so the catering.xslx pints to the inventory,comm2002.xls. I was told that excel will crash and all ...

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### How do you split a name to get first name and last name?

I have a column which contains a list of names, I want two other columns to contain functions which extract the first and last name. So far I have this
FirstName: =LEFT(D3,FIND(" ",D3))
LastName: =...

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### How to synchronize Excel with Google Docs spreadsheet

This feature is not officially suported by Google. Do you know if is there a way or a product that allows to synchronize the changes performed in excel into a google spread sheet?
Create file in ...

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### Why can't you copy/paste images in excel, but screenshots work?

I'm not sure if this is a global issue with excel, but it's happening on all the computers here (Excel 2002, XP SP2)
If you select a cell, and go Ctrl-V when there's a screenshot in the clipboard, ...

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### How do you keep Microsoft Excel running at full speed even when it does not have the window focus?

I've noticed that when Excel 2007 (and probably earlier versions) has the window focus, Excel runs at full speed which means that files open fast and long-running VBA macros execute quickly.
If the ...

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### Simple Merge / Purge with Excel

I have four Excel files that contain email addresses. I need to find out how many unique addresses are in the first three, but not in the fourth.
What's the easiest way to do that?

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### Excel Word Wrap + disappearing text

Why dooes adding word wrap to a column in Excel cause it to stop showing text on some computers? If I send the file to someone else, they see the text, but on my computer the text does not show uip in ...

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### Is there any way of making Excel 2007 do BACKGROUND autorecover saves like MS Word does?

I have a huge Microsoft Excel document - it is currrently about 25Mb in binary format (.xlsb)...the standard Excel format was too large and slow - but is still growing at a steady rate. (It has ...

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### My file is locked in Excel 2007, what's going on?

I have a excel 2007 spreadsheet that I'm sharing with some of my coworkers while we work on a project. Recently, when I try to save the file, I get this error: "This file is locked. Try the command ...

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### Excel and Pivot, avoiding buying another 3rd part component

I hope someone can help me with this Excel problem, otherwise I'll need to buy another 3rd part control to handle the Pivot problem we've encountered. I know it's somewhat off-topic, but hopefully ...

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### Autonumbering a column in Excel

In my first column, I want to autonumber it from 1, 2, 3, 4, ..., x. How do I do that?

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### how to swap columns to rows view

I have following two columns of data in excel 2007:
a 1
b 2
...
What I need to swap the view to:
a b ...
1 2 ...
I think there is way to do it in excel 2007. Is this possible?

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### Using two conditions with a SUMIF function in Excel 2003

For a given row on Sheet1, I use the SUMIF function to see if the value from the first cell of that row is on a list of historical values in Sheet2.
That will basically summarize all the values on my ...

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### How to get the Excel header on each print page to be the first row of the table

I need the first row in an Excel spreadsheet to print as the header on all pages.

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### Excel formula to display a string of text and numbers

I need one column to show the following text: prxyz,(data1 here),0699,ABCD(data2 here),xxx
data1 is in column A and data2 is in column B.
the format of data1 needs to be 5 numbers (sometimes ...

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### MS.Excel- Is it possible to password protect one or two columns in an excel file?

I have an excel file which would be available on a shared drive. I want the users to be able to access all columns except one or two columns. Except the two columns which are protected all other ...

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### Sum Column, but only Filtered Rows

I have a large flat file of a bunch of ungrouped primary key values.
I want to filter on a key and populate cell A1 with the value selected from the dropdown list.
In the end, I want to see a sum of ...

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### How do I get a reference to the last occurrence of a value in an array in Excel?

So if
A1:A5 = {3, 3, 4, 4, 5}
what function could I put into B1 to get a reference to A4 (the cell containing the last occurrence of 4)?

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### Make Excel 2003 Open Spreadsheets in new instances

In Excel 2003, It seems to be putting each spreadsheet I open into the existing Excel application as a new window. this makes it very difficult in a dual monitor set up to put one spreadsheet on each ...

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### Excel chart: How to reverse the X axis of time series data

In Excel 2003, I have a time series from a financial report that goes something like this:
2007 2006 2005
Amount 300 200 100
I want to create a graph of the time series that looks ...

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### Disable the Research Task Pane in Excel/Office

Can how I disable the Research Task Pane in Microsoft Excel/Office 2003?

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### How do you specify a specific worksheet to open for a MS Excel workbook using a hyperlink?

I have a MS Excel workbook with several worksheets.
Users are directed to this spreadsheet using a hyperlink in an e-mail.
Is there any way of expressing the hyperlink for getting the ...

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### Excel - conditional formatting in Shapes?

For a long time, I didn't think it was possible to have a Shape (e.g., Text Box) have a value set by formula, but it turns out you can. Similarly, it appears that you can't apply conditional ...

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### How can I change the focus in Excel to the formula bar via the keyboard?

I like to avoid using my mouse as much as possible, but on occasions when I need to type directly into the formula bar I am currently forced to 'rattle the rodent'. Does anyone know a way to move ...

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### How do I embed an Adobe Flash (.swf) file in Excel or Word?

How do I embed an Adobe Flash (.swf) file in Microsoft Excel or Word?

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### Date based sum in Excel / Google Docs spreadsheets

I have a bunch of rows with a date and a dollar amount (expenses).
I want to produce a list of the days of the month and what the balance of the expenses is. So, for example the 5th entry in the ...