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At this point in the holiday season if you’re like me, you’re over budget. Yesterday I started worrying about that cashmere sweater I bought for one sister-in-law and the sweatshirt I bought for the other. It’s back to shopping this evening to try to even it out.
This time when I’m wandering the aisles, I’ll check my Excel holiday budget on my phone. I saved it on SkyDrive—Microsoft's free cloud service—so that I can take a look to remind me what I bought for whom and for how much. My budget is a customized version of the holiday budget template we made available in early November.
Here’s how you can customize that budget and access it on your phone:
Download it by clicking the Download button in the upper-left corner of Excel Web App.
Save it to your SkyDrive, choosing Save & Send on the File tab, click Save to Web, and then click the Sign In button.
If you don’t have a SkyDrive account, sign up for one using the Sign up for Windows Live SkyDrive link.
Now, on your smartphone, go to http://skydrive.live.com, and sign in. Find the spreadsheet you uploaded, and open it.
To make the spreadsheet appropriate for year-round use, open it in Excel, remove the holiday picture, and change up the color scheme. Here’s how:
Replace holiday-related text with your own, such as, “Vacation Budget” and categories such as “Flight,” “Lodging,” and “Meals."
In the first row, click the picture and press your DELETE key to remove it.
Now let’s change up the color scheme.
Go to the Page Layout tab, and click Colors, and then choose a color scheme, such as Adjacency.
Right-click Cell A1, click Format Cells, and then on the Fill tab, set Pattern Color to Automatic, and Pattern Style to Solid.
For the Background Color, choose a color from the color scheme.
Select Row 3 and repeat the Fill settings, only choose a darker background color.
Right-click Row 5 and change its background color to one of the colors in the color scheme.
Lastly, modify the text and budget amounts, and save the spreadsheet. Remember: Use Save & Send to store your budget on SkyDrive, where you can get it on the go.
Am I missing something here? This looks like an ordinary checkbook or running total spreadsheet that's been bloated with graphics & too many colors.
IT is really better to have a a track of record to ensure that we are not spending money on those thing that are not at all necessary.