This is a very useful trick if you have a report showing dates and budget figures, and you want to make it more readable by making the future dates less visible.
Take a look at the report to the right. Assuming today’s date is 7/10, we want the dates from 7/1 through 7/10 to be easy to read, while the dates in the future should be hidden or greyed out. The trick is to not only dim the dates, but also the other columns on the same rows. This is an easy trick that you can apply on any report you get your hands on! Here’s how to do it:
How can you remove duplicates from a list in Excel?
Easy! Excel has a built-in feature for this. Just select one of the cells in the list and click on Remove Duplicates on the Data ribbon.
Voilà, the duplicates are gone:
For more advanced ways to handle duplicates (and triplicates, quadruplicates etc.), take a look at this article: How to Find Duplicates and Triplicates in Excel
More Easy Tricks:
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In many situations you collect data every day (sales figures, stock prices etc.) for weeks, months and years, while all you want to show in the chart is the last week or two. I’ve seen many people spending a lot of time updating the chart manually every day, so here I will show you how you can make a dynamic chart that always shows the last 7 days. Of course, you can use the same technique for any number of days, weeks or months.
Is there an easy way to locate and highlight duplicates in a list in Excel?
If you just want to remove the duplicates, the easiest way is to use the Advanced Filter or the built-in Remove Duplicates feature on the Data ribbon, but what if you want to find the duplicates in the list, keep them and highlight them with a different colour? That almost sounds like a job for a professional Excel consultant, but there’s no need for that – you can easily do it yourself! I’ll show you one easy way and one super-easy way: