Sometimes you have to deal with an Excel file that has a lot of hidden sheets, and Excel only lets you unhide them one by one, so it can be quite annoying. Here’s an easy trick that lets you forget that you ever had this problem. It requires VBA, but it’s very simple, and you can save it as a personal macro that works for every Excel file you open on the same computer, so you never have to do it again. I’ll explain every step below.
First, make sure you have the Developer tab in the ribbon. If you don’t have it, right-click on any of the other tabs, choose Customize Ribbon and click the Developer check-box:
Excel has built-in functionality to handle percent (%), but there is no automatic way to calculate parts per million, basis points, permyriad or per mille in Excel. It is easy to calculate though, but let’s start with the definitions:
And here’s how to apply it:
When you calculate prices you usually know the cost price and the desired profit percentage, so all you have to do is to add the profit to the cost price in order to calculate the sales price. However, the price list might not look as nice as you want:
How to generate a string of random letters in Excel
The CHAR function returns a character that corresponds to the number in the character set used by your computer (ANSI for Windows). There are up to 255 different characters in the set, with the capital letters from A-Z starting at number 65. Z is 90. To generate a random letter you can use the RANDBETWEEN function:
EDIT: If you are using Excel 2019 or Office 365 you can use the TEXTJOIN function to solve this problem. Click here for the new article:
How to Join Text from Several Cells in Excel using TEXTJOIN
Unclean data can cause a lot of problems in Excel. In this post I will show how you can join data from different columns with a comma between them. That’s the easy part. The problem occurs when you have empty cells in your data, like in the table below. The result of the first row looks fine, but if you look at the rows with empty cells, you get too many commas:
This is a standard shortcut that works in most Windows applications, including all MS Office applications and all web browsers:
Hold down the Ctrl key and use the scroll wheel of your mouse to zoom in and out.
Of course, you can also use the zoom bar on the right bottom of the page, but when you know this shortcut you will probably never do that again!
More shortcuts in Excel:
Are you using a non-English version of Excel? Click here for translations of the 100 most common functions.