Excel tutorials, functions and advanced formula examples

How to highlight active row and column in Excel

When viewing a large worksheet for a long time, you may eventually lose track of where your cursor is and which data you are looking at. To know exactly where you are at any moment, get Excel to automatically highlight the active row and column for you! Continue reading

How to create dynamic Outlook email templates for the current user

Let's say, you have a really nice template, and your teammates would be happy to use it in their correspondence, but you're stuck on making this template dynamic. The problem is that each of your colleagues would like to get a different image, an individual attachment, and some specific text added to the template every time they use it. Continue reading

VLOOKUP to compare two columns in Excel for common values and missing data

When you have data in two different lists, you may often need to compare them to see what information is missing in one of the lists or what data is present in both. Comparison can be done in many different ways, which method to use depends on exactly what you want from it. Continue reading

Video: How to move multiple Google sheets to new, existing or several separate spreadsheets

Have you ever tried to move – cut & paste – Google sheets from one file to another? There's no such option available in spreadsheets. But it doesn't really matter if you have Sheets Manager at hand. It knows how to split your Google spreadsheet by tabs or simply move multiple tabs to a new or the existing file at once. Continue reading

How to use and store custom functions in Excel

Today we’ll continue exploring custom Excel functions. Now that you know how to create UDFs, let’s dig a bit deeper and learn how to use and store user-defined functions in Excel. Continue reading

RegEx in Excel: using regular expressions in formulas

At first sight, Excel has everything you could ever need for text string manipulations. Hmm… what about regular expressions? Oops, there are no built-in Regex functions in Excel. But no one says we cannot create our own ones :) Continue reading

Video: How to copy multiple Google sheets to the current, new, existing or several separate spreadsheets

In today's video, I'll show you why Sheets Manager is a better alternative when it comes to copying multiple Google sheets. You'll see the handiest way of duplicating several tabs and, what's more, learn how to copy them into multiple separate spreadsheets in one go. Continue reading

Debug user defined functions

As you already know how to create UDFs (and, I hope, you’ve also tried applying them in your Excel), let’s dig a bit deeper and see what can be done in case your user defined function is not working. Continue reading

How to remove whitespace and empty lines in Excel with Regex

Whichever input data you are using, you'll hardly encounter a dataset without spaces. In most cases, whitespace is good. In some situations, however, it may become evil - extra spaces can mess up your formulas and make your worksheets almost unmanageable. Continue reading

Video: How to lock several Google sheets, copy them, hide/unhide, move, etc. with a special add-on

Though Google Sheets offers its ways to process multiple tabs, there's a faster and user-friendly solution I'd like to share – our Sheets Manager add-on. It even knows a few tricks you won't cover with standard tools. But please, don't take my word for it – come watch today's video to see for yourself.  Continue reading

Custom UDF function vs VBA macros: advantages and drawbacks

This article will help you understand the differences between UDF and Macro. Also, custom functions have many advantages, but there are also many limitations when using them. Continue reading

How to extract substrings in Excel using regular expressions (Regex)

Microsoft Excel provides a number of functions to extract text from cells. Those functions can cope with most of string extraction challenges in your worksheets. Most, but not all. When the Text functions stumble, regular expressions come to rescue. Continue reading

Video: How to extract data from Google Sheets cells

If you haven't tried our Extract Data add-on for Google Sheets yet, this video will make up your mind. See how easy it is to extract links, email addresses, numbers and text from different positions of multiple Google Sheets cells at once. Continue reading

How to split one Google sheet or spreadsheet into multiple separate tables or files

When you work with a large Google spreadsheet, you may find yourself constantly filtering the table to get only particular datasets. Wouldn't it be best to split all info into multiple separate sheets or even files in Drive? If so, today I invite you to split your sheets and spreadsheets together. Pick the way you want to get your data and follow the steps described there. Continue reading

Why is Excel User Defined Function not working?

This article shows how to add a help text to UDF and explains why these functions are not recalculated. You will see the differences between volatile and non-volatile custom functions. Continue reading

Converting CSV to Excel: problems and solutions

The name CSV (comma separated values) implies the use of comma to separate data fields. But that is in theory. In practice, many so-called CSV files separate data using other characters such as semicolon or tabs. The lack of standard spawns various problems with CSV to Excel conversions. Continue reading

Video: How to replace special characters in Google Sheets

There's a small add-on for Google Sheets we offer that proves itself super useful. See how it quickly replaces accented characters, smart quotes with straight ones, codes with their symbols and vice versa. Continue reading

How to create custom user defined functions in Excel

This article will introduce you to user defined functions in Excel. You’ll see different variants of user defined functions and learn how to create and apply them. Continue reading

CELLCOLOR & VALUESBYCOLORALL: functions for Google Sheets to work with colored cells

This tutorial introduces 2 new functions from our Function by Color add-on for Google Sheets: CELLCOLOR & VALUESBYCOLORALL. Use them to sum & count cells not only by their colors but also by the common contents. Ready-made SUMIFS & COUNTIFS formulas are included ;) Continue reading

How to merge multiple CSV files into one Excel workbook

If you often export files in the CSV format from different applications, you may end up having a bunch of individual files relating to the same subject matter. The question is - is there a simple way to import them all into a single Excel workbook? Continue reading