Excel Weekly News from Contextures Oct 22, 2013

Count items in a date range + more Excel tips

In this week's Excel news, you'll see how to count items in a date range, and other tips. Thank you for reading the Excel news!

 -  Debra ddalgleish@contextures.com

Count Items in a Date Range in Excel

With the COUNTIFS function (Excel 2007 and later), you can get Excel to count how many dates are in a specific date range. For example, how many Pencil shipments went out in September, based on dates in the Ship Date column?

Click here to see the details: Count Items in a Date Range in Excel

Refer to Value Cells in GetPivotData Formula

You can use the GETPIVOTDATA formula to pull specific data from a pivot table. To make the formula flexible, change items names to cell references, so it's easy to see a different result.

You'll get an error result if you try to use a cell reference for a Value field though, unless you use this little trick.

Click here to see the details: Refer to Value Cells in GetPivotData Formula

Fill Blank Cells With Value from Above

When you're working in Excel, sometimes you get data from another department, and some columns have blank cells, so headings are easier to read. If you want to sort or filter the list, you need to fill in the blanks, by copying the value from above.

You can fill the blanks with a few quick steps, and see the steps in the video on my blog.

Click here to see the details: Fill Blank Cells With Value from Above

More Excel Tips

Here are a few more Excel articles that I read this week, that you might find useful:

  1. Occasionally, a few of the old Excel functions are superseded by new version of those functions. On his Excel User blog, Charley Kyd takes a look at these deprecated functions, and what has replaced them.
  2. On the Microsoft Excel team blog, Kevin Donovan shows how to create a pivot chart from external data in Excel 2013, without also creating a pivot table.
  3. For a humorous peek at what other people are saying about Excel, read this week's collection of Excel tweets, on my Excel Theatre blog.
  4. If you create histograms, Jon Peltier shares his technique for creating a value-type horizontal axis.

Video: Highlight Weekend Dates

With conditional formatting, you can highlight all the rows that have weekend dates, in a list on the worksheet. Watch this short video to see the steps for setting this up.

Excel Dashboard Course Deadline

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Carpet of Leaves

The trees don't look quite a lovely these days, but there is a colourful carpet on the forest floor. I took this picture on the weekend, and things were still quite damp, after the rain fell the day before.


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