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Revealing how Excel workbooks are actually stored as zipped XML files

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 May 2014 | no comments

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

How to create autoshapes, lines and connectors in VBA macros

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 January 2014 | no comments

You can use Visual Basic within Excel, PowerPoint or Word to draw shapes, format them and even assign macros to run - this long blog gives lots of ideas of how to proceed!

Tags:   Excel | Excel Visual Basic    |    VBA macros | General

Advice on how to scrape tables of data or HTML from webpages using VBA

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 January 2014 | no comments

You can use VBA to extract data from web pages, either as whole tables or by parsing the underlying HTML elements. This blog shows you how to code both methods (the technique is often called "web-scraping").

Tags:   Excel | Excel Visual Basic    |    VBA macros | General

Getting the Calendar control to work in Excel 2010 onwards

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 January 2014 | 1 comment

The calendar control for user forms is built into versions of Excel up to 2007, but has to be imported for later versions - this blog shows how to do this!

Tags:   Excel | Excel Visual Basic    |    VBA macros | User forms

A review of Power View, including examples of use

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 January 2014 | no comments

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/DAX | General

How to use environment variables like USERNAME in VBA

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 November 2013 | no comments

You can get at all sorts of system information within Visual Basic for Applications by using environment variables - this blog shows you how to get at your user's name, computer name and much more besides.

Tags:   Excel | Excel Visual Basic    |    VBA macros | General

How to loop over enumerations in VBA

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 November 2013 | no comments

A short blog explaining how to use Visual Basic for Applications to loop over enumerations.

How to refer to range names with worksheet and workbook scope

Posted by Andy Brown on 01 November 2013 | no comments

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 | no comments

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 | no comments

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 | no comments

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 | no comments

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:   VBA macros | Excel Visual Basic    |    Excel | General

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

Posted by Michael Allsop on 24 May 2013 | no comments

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

Want to wind up your neighbour? Try this annoying Excel VBA code!

Posted by Andy Brown on 14 May 2013 | no comments

If you have a colleague who trusts you, you could always betray this trust by sending them a workbook which misbehaves: it won't close and you can't leave it!

Problem with using VBA to create chart labels

Posted by Andy Brown on 04 April 2013 | no comments

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

Tags:   Excel | Charts    |    VBA macros | Excel Visual Basic

An overview of PowerPivot for Excel 2010

Posted by Andy Brown on 31 January 2013 | no comments

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/DAX | General

What's new in Excel 2013

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 January 2013 | no comments

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 | no comments

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/DAX | Calendar

Create a calendar table for PowerPivot in SQL Server

Posted by Andy Brown on 04 January 2013 | no comments

This blog includes the SQL script to generate a table of calendar dates for linking to from within PowerPivot.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    PowerPivot/DAX | Calendar

Write a macro in VBA to fill in an IE form (Internet Explorer)

Posted by Andy Brown on 02 November 2012 | no comments

You can use VBA to talk to Internet Explorer, providing that you understand the structure of the web page you're talking to. This blog shows how to do this!

Tags:   Excel | Excel Visual Basic    |    VBA macros | References