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Love it or hate it, Excel is still the gold-standard for spreadsheet software — and it won’t be going anywhere soon.
That said, for those of us who don’t use Excel every day, the Microsoft juggernaut can be a little confusing at best and downright daunting at worst.
Fortunately, the software comes with a few easy tricks that can make creating the ultimate spreadsheet a breeze. But, that’s assuming you already know what those shortcuts are.
Ready to start getting the most out of the world’s favorite spreadsheet software?
Here are five must-have Excel tips that will help you master the program.
5 Simple Excel Tips
When it comes to recording and sharing a lot of valuable data, Excel is your best bet.
And while the layers and layers of cells can seem massive and chaotic, Excel is manageable and easy to navigate with just a little practice and know how.
Here’s everything you need to become the master of your spreadsheet.
1. Find Data with Go To
When you have thousands of data points all crammed together in a series of columns and rows, finding one piece of data must be a nightmare, right?
Don’t be so sure. With the “Go To” tool, tracking down a specific cell is a piece of cake.
First, select a section of your data, or the whole thing with Ctrl+A. Then, hit “Edit” and click on “Go To.”
From there, you can search for a particular word, number, or another piece of information.
2. Never Lose Your Place with the Freeze Tool
Have an essential piece of information you need to keep referencing while you scroll?
You can keep in within view at all times by freezing it.
Select the letter or number of the row or column you want to hold in place and hit “View.” From there you can select “Freeze Panes” to hold that set of data in place.
3. Speed Things up with Auto Fill
Entering a lot of similar information, like dates, can be a tedious job. Fortunately, Excel comes with a built-in feature to make tasks like this a breeze. And, the best part is, all you need to do is click and drag.
Highlight the data you would like auto-completed, scroll over the corner until a small black cross appears, and drag down.
4. Maximize Efficiency with Quick Select Formulas
Don’t touch that calculator!
With Excel, there’s no need to waste your time on calculations. With “Quick Select Formulas,” Excel will do all of the math for you, and even keep tabs on changes in your data.
All you need to do is click on an empty cell and enter “=” and the first letter of the formula you would like to use. From there you can scroll available equations to find the one you want to use.
5. Use Your Data
Because Excel is so popular, you can easily share your data pretty much anywhere.
Special tools, like C# Excel, allow you to export and embed information directly into a website. So, you can share valuable information with the entire world with just a few clicks.
Making the Most of Excel
Excel can seem confusing for those who don’t often use it. But, with a little practice and by following these Excel tips, you’ll be able to become an Excel-whiz in no time.
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