"Excel" category

How to use ISERROR function in Excel

When you write a formula that Excel does not understand or cannot calculate, it draws your attention to the problem by showing an error message. The ISERROR function can help you catch errors and provide an alternative when an error is found. Continue reading

Excel split screen - view different parts of a sheet at once

When working with large datasets, it can be helpful to see a few areas of the same worksheet at a time to compare different subsets of data. This can be done by using Excel's Split Screen feature. Continue reading

How to open Excel files in separate windows and instances

Having spreadsheets in two different windows makes many Excel tasks easier. One of the possible solutions is viewing workbooks side by side, but this eats a lot of space and isn't always the best option. Continue reading

Excel IFNA function to handle #N/A errors

Getting a lot of #N/A errors in your worksheets and are curious to know if there is a way to replace them with a user-friendly message? IFNA formula is the solution you need. Continue reading

ISNA function in Excel with formula examples

When Excel cannot find what it is asked for, a #N/A! error appears in a cell. To intercept and handle such errors, you can use the ISNA function. Continue reading

How to change Excel CSV delimiter to comma or semicolon

Imagine this: you want to export your Excel data to another application. Whatever CSV option you use, the result is a semicolon-separated file instead of comma-separated you really wanted. The setting is default, and you have no idea how to change it. Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excel Regex to remove certain characters or text from strings

Have you ever thought how powerful Excel would be if someone could enrich its toolbox with regular expressions? We have not only thought but worked on it :) And now, you can add this wonderful RegEx function to your own workbooks and wipe out substrings matching a pattern in no time! Continue reading

Excel Regex to find and replace strings using regular expressions

Microsoft Excel provides a number of options to replace one piece of text with another. Why would one want to complicate things with regexes? Because Excel's standard features can only process an exact string that you specify. Continue reading