Excel Flash Fill on names

I’m sitting in a training session today, and I saw the trainer do something in Excel that I didn’t know was possible… Flash Fill can complete columns of names based on other columns. Here’s how…

Inserting multiple blank lines in an Excel spreadsheet

This is a really simple tip that I wish I had known about sooner, instead of copy and pasting blank rows for an Excel spreadsheet. Instead of just inserting a single blank row, you can easily insert multiple blank rows by highlighting the number of rows you need. Here’s how…

Setting the Print Area on an Excel spreadsheet

Obviously, you can have a multitude of rows and columns in an Excel spreadsheet spread out over numerous worksheets. However, if you want to print out just part of the information, you may think you have to print out everything just to get the part you want. In reality, you can set the Print Area of your spreadsheet to only print out the area that you need, saving paper and time in the process. Here’s how you do that…

Changing your user initials in Office programs

A colleague pointed out this option to me the other day, and it’s a good one to share. In Office programs like Word or OneNote, the system often uses your initials to note who made changes. But perhaps you need to change your initials for some reason (duplicate of someone else, you don’t like them, etc.). Here’s how you do that…

Working with the Excel Fill Handle

One of the cool things about working with Excel is the ability to click on the Fill Handle in the lower right corner of a cell, and then drag it to auto-fill values based on what’s in the original cell. However, it can be frustrating to figure out whether it’s going to copy the value or auto-fill based on the next value in the sequence. Here’s a brief overview on how you can get it to copy or fill based on what you need, regardless of what Excel wants to do for you automagically…