# Nick's blog

## ExcelExperts.com - Excel VBA Consultancy is open for business !

ExcelExperts.com is excited to announce that our Excel VBA Consultancy service is open for business, and we have completed the first Excel VBA consultancy job.

The task involved analysing the valuation of a large development site by way of complex discounted cash flows prepared by property valuation experts.

The work included:

## Nov-2009 - ExcelExperts.com Update

You've probably been wondering what I have been up to for the last few months given that there have not been many updates on the site.

Wellll... I've been looking after my new daughter, redecorating the entire house, and making photography books...

Here's the first one:

## Teach Yourself Excel Lesson 27 - Create Hyperlinks

So, we have added data, pivot tables, and charts. We're now going to create an index page.

Steps:

# Create A Chart

Now we are going to create charts of our pivot tables so that we can get a visual representation of all this data.

Steps:

# Create A Pivot Table

And now the lesson you've all been waiting for - How to create a pivot table !

A pivot table is an ingenious invention that allows you to slice and dice your data in as many ways as you can think of.

# Inserting And Renaming Worksheets

We have finished with the data entry sheet now, so lets create an index page. We now need to insert a worksheet.

Insert A Worksheet

Steps:

# Find And Replace

Suppose I've changed my mind and now prefer to use the term "Entertainment" instead of "Eating Out"

How do I do this ?

Easy..

# VLOOKUP Formula

Now, it has occurred to me that I can save time when entering future expenses because I have realised that I can pretty much categorise the expenses.

# Filter Data

Now you want to know how many of those expenses occurred in the last 1000 days.

Autofilter is perfect for this!

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# Sort Data

So you've entered a load of expenses, and now realise that you have entered them in the wrong order. It would be nice to sort them.

Steps:

# Freeze Panes

This lesson is on how to freeze the panes. Freezing panes is about keeping the headings in view whilst being able to scroll down to enter data at the end.

To demonstrate why you want to do this:

# Protection

When designing a spreadsheet, it is important to differentiate between areas to enter data, and areas that are calculating values based on that data.

Think:  Inputs    /    Outputs

As a general rule, cells containing formulae should be protected, and coloured differently, so lets do that here.

# Copy And Paste Special Values

We've just learnt how to enter a formula, so this lesson is on how to convert the formulae to values.

Steps:

# Absolute References

Now we want to enter a formula to calculate how many days ago we spent the money.

Steps:

# Insert A Column

I now want to calculate how many days ago I spend the money, but I forgot to add a heading for that. I'll need to insert a column.

Steps:

# Copy A Formula

In the last lesson, we entered a formula. We now want to apply that formula to all the dates in column A.

There's a quick way to copy a formula that saves us from entering it again and again.

Steps:

# Enter A Formula

We've entered some dates in our Expense tracker, and now we need to enter a formula that will tell us the month and the year of those dates so we can use this information in the summary of our expenses.

Steps:

# Dates

A lesson on Dates in Excel is a very important one as understanding Dates is crucial to writing an  effective spreadsheet.

# Save A File

So, we've entered some data in our spreadsheet, and now it's important to save that data so it's not lost.

# How to Save

There is nothing worse than losing data that you've spent hours entering so here's a note on saving.

# Format Data

Now we've entered some data, it's a good idea to format it nicely.

First, we'll format the date column

# Delete Data

Now we're going to learn how to delete data.

Suppose the last expense entry you did was completely wrong, and you need to delete it.

# Data Validation

We have our headings entered, so now we need to enter some expenses.

Enter the following data:

# Change Column Width

Having entered your data in the previous lesson, You'll immediately notice that you cannot see all the data as the columns are too small.

# Enter Data

From now on, we will build up a blank workbook step by step in order to make the finished Expense Tracker. Each lesson will follow-on from the previous one, and at each stage, you will be able to download the correct files at the beginning and the end.

## Teach Yourself Excel Lesson 5 - Sheet Navigation

Now, you'll learn how to find your way around Excel.

Practice all of these before proceeding:

NOTE: The + in this case means hold down the first key before pressing the second once

# Definitions

Familiarise yourself with the definitions of the basic components as we'll be referring to them a lot during the course.

# How To Open Excel

Step1:

With your mouse, click on the START button:

That brings up a menu that will look like this:

Step2: Press R (to Run a program).. You'll now see this:

# Why Should I Use Excel ?

If you've found this page, you're probably asking: Why should I use Excel ?... I've managed my whole life without it.. What is this Excel thing ?

Well, here's my list of top reasons why you might want to learn how to use it: