Wise Owl blogs written by Andy Brown (page 11 of 17)

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How to enable compatibility mode in Internet Explorer

Posted by Andy Brown on 06 March 2014

This short blog shows how to get round a compatibility mode problem with the skills assessment site.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

A blog to accompany our YouTube tutorial on script components in SSIS

Posted by Andy Brown on 19 February 2014

This blog provides the SQL, C# and VB script needed for the Integration Services script components tutorial.

Tags:   SSIS | Scripting

How to create autoshapes, lines and connectors in VBA macros

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 January 2014

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:   VBA macros | General    |    Writing VBA | VBA tutorial

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

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 January 2014

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:   VBA macros | References    |    Writing VBA | Other

Getting the Calendar control to work in Excel 2010 onwards

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 January 2014

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:   VBA macros | User forms    |    Writing VBA | Other

Access 2013 - an overview of the new web app feature

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 January 2014

Access 2013 will still look familiar to existing Access users, but it now includes the facility to develop and publish web applications. This blog explains the thinking behind Microsoft's radical move.

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 use environment variables like USERNAME in VBA

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 November 2013

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:   VBA macros | Variables, arrays    |    Writing VBA | Other

How to loop over enumerations in VBA

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 November 2013

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

Tags:   Writing VBA | Other    |    VBA macros | Enumerations

Using the RANKX function in PowerPivot DAX measures

Posted by Andy Brown on 04 November 2013

The RANKX function works out where a measure lies in order for any dimension, but it has a couple of gotchas to watch out for, as this blog explains.

Tags:   PowerPivot 2010 | DAX

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 use the LAG and LEAD functions included in SQL Server 2012

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 September 2013

SQL Server 2012 introduces new functions to find the previous or subsequent value for a row, without using a complicated self-join. This blog explains how to use LAG and LEAD, including partitioning row sets.

Tags:   SQL | Calculations    |    T-SQL | New features    |    SQL Server versions | SQL Server 2012

Wise Owl suggestions for new features for SQL Server Management Studio

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 September 2013

Writing SQL in Management Studio could, Wise Owl feel, be made a little easier: here are 10 practical suggestions for how!

Tags:   SQL | General    |    T-SQL | New features

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

Differences between SSRS 2008 R2 and 2012 for Excel render format

Posted by Andy Brown on 17 June 2013

This blog shows how to conditionally hide, display or format parts of a report according to its render format (ie whether you're viewing it in Excel or not). The method used is slightly different between 2008 R2 and 2012.

Tags:   SSRS | Expressions    |    SQL Server versions | SQL Server 2012

How to debug T-SQL queries and stored procedures

Posted by Andy Brown on 06 June 2013

This blog gives the low-down on how to start and use the debugger included in SQL Server Management Studio 2008 R2 and SSMS 2012.

Tags:   SQL | Errors, debugging    |    T-SQL | SQL Tutorial

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

Posted by Andy Brown on 14 May 2013

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!

Tags:   Writing VBA | Other    |    VBA macros | Events
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