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Which Power BI course should you take - Excel Power BI or Power BI Desktop?

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 July 2016

Microsoft are pursuing two separate BI lines at the moment: one for the Power BI tools which run within Excel, and another for the standalone application called Desktop Power BI. This blog attempts to explain the differences between two applications with such confusingly similar names!

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    Power BI - Excel 2013 | General    |    Power BI Desktop | General

What's new in Microsoft Office 2016 (including Excel 2016 changes)

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 September 2015

The latest incarnation of Microsoft Office (2016) should be released on 22nd September 2015 (Microsoft are always a bit ahead of themselves with versions). This blog gives a detailed guide to what's new, the biggest changes being in Excel and Outlook.

Tags:   Outlook | General topics    |    Excel | General    |    Musings | Microsoft Office

Using DAX Studio to edit calculated fields or measures in Excel

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 February 2015

The editor for calculated fields in Excel (aka measures) isn't the greatest; this blog shows you how to install and use DAX Studio as a substitute editor.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    PowerPivot 2010 | DAX

Revealing how Excel workbooks are actually stored as zipped XML files

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 May 2014

Did you know that Excel workbooks are really just a collection of XML files, all zipped together? We didn’t either, so we thought we'd tell the world.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings    |    Excel | General

A review of Power View, including examples of use

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 January 2014

Power View is an Excel or SharePoint add-in which allows you to create quick and interactive dashboard reports, with built-in drill-down. This blog considers whether you're missing a trick if you don't know how to use Power View.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    PowerPivot 2010 | General

How to refer to range names with worksheet and workbook scope

Posted by Andy Brown on 01 November 2013

Range names can have either worksheet or workbook scope - this blog shows how to make sure that you're referring to the right range names!

Tags:   Excel | Formulae

How to get row labels for a pivot table group to repeat

Posted by Andy Brown on 01 November 2013

A short blog showing how to stop Excel hiding duplicate values for pivot table groups.

A blog showing how to use the SUMPRODUCT function

Posted by Andy Brown on 01 November 2013

The SUMPRODUCT function is one of the hardest ones to understand in Excel, but it's also pretty useful. This blog gives clear examples of how to use SUMPRODUCT for conditional sums, weighted averages and the like.

Tags:   Excel | Excel functions

How to get Excel to speak to you in a female voice, or slower/faster!

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 August 2013

A previous blog showed how to get Excel to speak to you; this one shows how to change the voice in which it does it!

Tags:   Excel | General

How to get Excel to speak to you - reading out the contents of cells

Posted by Andy Brown on 12 August 2013

Deep within its bowels Excel contains a feature allowing it to read out the contents of cells (you can also get your VBA macros to talk to users). This blog goes to those deep places hidden within Excel!

Tags:   Excel | General

Drop Lines in Excel Charts: Ah, that's what I needed!

Posted by Michael Allsop on 24 May 2013

Ever had the feeling that you're missing something obvious? This blog highlights one particular chart option that you may well have overlooked.

Tags:   Excel | Charts

Problem with using VBA to create chart labels

Posted by Andy Brown on 04 April 2013

If your chart has more than a thousand data labels, this blog explains why you may experience problems.

Tags:   Excel | Charts    |    Writing VBA | Other    |    VBA macros | Working with charts

An overview of PowerPivot for Excel 2010

Posted by Andy Brown on 31 January 2013

PowerPivot is a superb addition to Excel: it allows you to create pivot tables based on multiple tables taken from a variety of data sources, and its DAX language lets you report any statistic you want. This overview summarises how to get started with PowerPivot, and what it does.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    PowerPivot 2010 | General

What's new in Excel 2013

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 January 2013

Excel 2013 contains radical changes to charts, pivot tables and the user interface. This review explains all the new features of Excel 2013

Tags:   Excel | General

Creating a PowerPivot calendar in Access or Excel

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 January 2013

This blog shows you how to create a calendar of dates for use in PowerPivot. Instructions are included for Excel and Access.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    PowerPivot 2010 | Calendar

Create a calendar table for PowerPivot or Analysis Services in SQL Server

Posted by Andy Brown on 04 January 2013

This blog includes the SQL script to generate a table of calendar dates for linking to from within PowerPivot or an Analysis Services tabular model.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    PowerPivot 2010 | Calendar    |    SQL Server 2012 | SSAS 2012

Rounding numbers in Excel

Posted by Michael Allsop on 23 October 2012

Up, down, ceiling, floor or multiples… and you thought rounding numbers was simple!

Tags:   Excel | Excel functions

Highlighting negative columns in Excel charts

Posted by Michael Allsop on 01 October 2012

Ever wondered if you can make negative columns automatically turn red in an Excel chart? Well now you can in Excel 2010!

Tags:   Excel | Charts

Some ideas for new features for Microsoft Excel 20xx

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 September 2012

Excel is a great product, but there is always room for improvement. Here Andy Brown considers 12 possible new features for Excel 2020.

Tags:   Musings | The future    |    Excel | General

What is PowerPivot for Excel 2010 - an Overview

Posted by Andy Brown on 04 May 2012

PowerPivot for Excel allows you to crunch very large amounts of data quickly, using pivot tables and slicers and other familiar Excel concepts. It also includes the DAX language, allowing you to create complex calculations.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot
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