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You asked about VLOOKUP

People are crazy for Excel’s VLOOKUP function, and why not? Among other things, VLOOKUP is known for its rugged good looks and unparalleled martial arts ability. In all seriousness, VLOOKUP is one of the most widely used, versatile functions in Excel. You typically use it to quickly look up and extract specific bits of information from a big list of data. In the following example, I’ve instructed VLOOKUP to search…

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Generate invoice numbers in Excel

If you need a way to create invoices in Excel, you can use one of the many invoice templates on Office.com. While these templates are a great starting point, they don’t automatically generate unique invoice numbers—you need a macro for that. In this video, Excel MVP Bill Jelen shows you how to create a couple of macros to generate invoice numbers. The first macro automatically increments the number and then…

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Create smashing mashups with Excel

If you’re a web developer (or even if you’re not), you’ve doubtless heard of mashups—apps or web pages that combine existing functionality from different sources to create something entirely new. It’s now possible to create cool spreadsheet-based mashups by combining features from Excel Web App—specifically, the embedded workbook feature—with existing JavaScript APIs. Read on to see a couple of demo mashups, and learn about our new site for web developers,…

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Tracking small projects in Excel

It goes without saying that Microsoft Project is THE program to use if you need to manage large projects. But what if you manage smaller projects? Can you do that in Excel? Sure, but life will be easier if you start with a template that is specifically designed to facilitate project management. With that in mind, PowerPoint expert Glenna Shaw created a free project plan template for tracking projects in Excel. You can use this template to…

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The Excel part of mail merge

Hey, the holidays are fast approaching, which means you’ve got to get your cards signed, sealed, and delivered! This post goes out to those of you who keep your address list in Excel and need to figure out how to use it to create mailing labels in Word.  Creating labels can be intimidating, mainly because there are a number of steps and you’re typically working across different programs—in this case,…