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By Curt Frye | Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Summarize Data with Conditional Functions in Excel

Excel users are often faced with spreadsheets that summarize sales data for multiple areas, such as states within the U.S. or individual countries.

Functions such as SUM or AVERAGE let you summarize your data as a whole—but it can be difficult to find the totals, averages, or counts for subsets of that data. For example, suppose you want to find the total of all sales to Canada. To do that using a standard SUM formula, you would have to identify cells that contain values for all sales to Canada and then create a formula for just those cells.

Fortunately, there’s a set of conditional functions in Excel that let you specify which values should be included in a sum, average, or count calculation. Those functions are: SUMIF, SUMIFS, AVERAGEIF, AVERAGEIFS, COUNTIF, and COUNTIFS.

Here’s how to take advantage of them:

By Curt Frye | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How to Create Pivot Tables in Excel 2010

Excel workbooks let you summarize your data using a powerful set of built-in functions and features such as sorting and filtering.

That said, basic worksheets are static and make rearranging data difficult. Fortunately, there’s a way to avoid all that cutting and pasting: Pivot Tables.

You can learn everything you’d ever want to know from my lynda.com courses Excel 2007: PivotTables for Data AnalysisExcel 2010: PivotTables in Depthand Excel 2013: PivotTables in Depth.

But here’s a quick-start guide for you:

By Curt Frye | Thursday, November 20, 2014

Set Up Worksheets Faster with Excel Flash Fill — and More

Excel Flash Fill and other tools make data entry easier

Setting up worksheets often means entering long strings of data, such as row numbers or dates, to create a framework for your data. This work can be repetitive and boring. What’s worse, it takes time away from analysis.

Let me show you how to make it go faster—with Excel Flash Fill, fill handle, and more.

By Curt Frye | Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Use Document Inspector in Word — and Avoid Embarrassment

Using Document Inspector can save you embarrassment

Ever accidentally leave tracked changes in your Microsoft Word document for all the world to see?

I’m going to show you how visible changes in a Word document recently got a political leader in trouble—and how you can use Word’s Document Inspector to avoid making those same embarrassing mistakes in your own docs.

By Curt Frye | Monday, October 13, 2014

Enhance Excel Lookup Using INDEX and MATCH

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Business users of Microsoft Excel take advantage of many of the program’s built-in functions. One of the most popular tools is the VLOOKUP function, which lets you search an Excel worksheet as if it were a database table.

By Curt Frye | Thursday, June 26, 2014

Getting Started with Excel VBA

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Excel is a powerful and versatile tool you can use to analyze data—but not every capability you might want is built in.

Using the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) language, you can script custom processes in Excel. VBA is an object-oriented language, which means that elements of Excel—such as workbooks, worksheets, and the program itself—are represented as objects. An object has three main components:

  • properties, which describe the object
  • methods, which are things the object can do
  • events, which are occurrences the object can recognize and react to

By Megan O. Read | Friday, January 22, 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta training now available on lynda.com

This week, lynda.com published five new Microsoft Office Beta 2010 online training courses.

Gini Courter, author of countless Microsoft Office books and partner of TRIAD Consulting, has been busy authoring many of these new releases, including Powerpoint 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, Word 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, Access 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, and Outlook 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects.

Also available now are Curt Frye’sExcel 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, and David RiversOffice Beta Preview.

With more Office 2007 and 2010 online courses in the works, this is a rapidly expanding and exciting area of training for lynda.com. Let us know what you think.

By Megan O. Read | Friday, November 20, 2009

lynda.com author (that Excel guy) Curt Frye teaches critical financial skills

When Curt Frye started working with lynda.com, we were all very excited about the slew of new and much needed Microsoft Excel courses he was planning for us. With the state of the economy, and more people doing their own finances, as well as tightening their belts nearly to the point of of asphyxiation, it is becoming more critical for the general public to understand their finances, even on a very basic level.

In the November 2009 issue of the Harvard Business Review, The Forethought column “Teach Workers About the Perils of Debt.” states:

“It’s widely known that many consumers have poor numeracy–they can’t figure out percentages or do other elementary calculations–and have barely a rudimentary grasp of economics. In our research, we looked deeper, studying consumers’ ‘debt literacy,’ the ability to understand how interest rates work and make simple decisions about borrowing. We found it to be strikingly low.”

With the state of the economy, and more people doing their own finances, as well as tightening their belts nearly to the point of of asphyxiation, it is becoming more an more critical for the general public to understand their finances, even on a very basic level. <em>Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, image #3154423</em>

Curt's aim in creating a course on financial analysis was to teach skills required to analyze debt. Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, image #3154423

“My aim in creating Excel 2007: Financial Analysis was to teach the skills required to analyze debt,” said Curt Frye of his first lynda.com course. “I’m hoping that it helps subscribers better understand some critical skills that not everyone is taught at home or in school.”

Curt is currently working on a new book, as well as new lynda.com courses. For a full list of his training, visit his author page.

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