In Excel, you have the ability to add comments to a cell. After it’s created, you can mouse over the cell to see the comment, or set it to show. You can even choose to have it print.
This is an alternate method to comment. Once created, you will only see it if you select the cell. It’s normally used to offer the user guidance on input to a cell, but can also be used for comments. To me, it’s cleaner looking than the normal comment method.
To create, select the cell you want the message in, then click the Data Validation button under the Data Tools ribbon.
Under the Input Message tab, create the Title, and the Input Message.
In this post, I’ll go over some of the benefits of formatting a block of data as as a table. In Excel, it’s as easy as clicking the [Format as Table] button.
Recently, I’ve re-discovered this very useful feature of Excel.
Here is our raw data:
First thing we will do is select the data, and click the [Format as Table] button.
The first thing we notice is the look. You can choose from many different styles that can make readability a lot easier. You can choose from several themed colors, and alternating row colors.
The next feature is filtering. If you’re needing that, it comes pre-loaded with tables.
Another cool feature, when you scroll down, it changes the columns from A,B, C, etc. to the name of the column. See example:
Another valuable feature is adding formulas to the table. All you have to do is add the formula along side the data and it is automatically copied down the entire table. This can be a big help when deal with data that is 1,000’s of rows.
In my example, I’ve added a “Net” column and “End Balance” column. I added formulas to the first row of data and it copied down. It gives you the lightning bolt icon to let you know it did it’s thing. You can also us the drop down on the icon to undo this feature.
Finally, if you plan to use your data for formulas, or pivot tables, the new table comes with a name that can be edited/changed in Name Manager. Usually, Excel just assigns “Table1”, “Table2”, etc.
Since about 1995, I’ve been creating randomwebsites. Mostly for my own enjoyment. Some are still useful today, and some I just keep around for nostalgic purposes, and to clutter up the internet. They’ve been on lokey.com, lokeys.com, and lokey.biz. Now, their home is lokey.co. OK. I like my last name…
One of my more useful sites is a loan calculator. It shows the principal+interest, and total paid. At one time, I was into browser bookmarks. Some include getting the URL, and title of a web page. And a cool one can create a QR code of the URL so you can transfer it to a smart phone. Most recently, I’ve been playing around with Google Sites. I have a test page, and a page I created for a property I’m selling locally. Also created a stand alone page for it as well.