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Monday Morning Mulling: August Challenge

28 August 2017

Last Friday, we posed perhaps one of the hardest challenges that we’ve had so far: can you create a file that will refresh your Power Query queries, and pop up a message box letting us know when it’s finished?

Final Friday Fix: August Challenge

25 August 2017

Welcome to this month’s Final Friday Fix! The inspiration for this month’s challenge comes from an actual problem that we’ve been trying to solve for some client work, that we couldn’t find an answer to anywhere online. But first, let’s talk about refreshing queries – that is, Power Query queries in particular. ...

Power Query: Structured Columns Deconstructed

23 August 2017

In Power Query, explore the ‘Structured Column’ section on the ‘Transform’ tab, which is not available for most column types.

A to Z of Excel Functions: The COLUMNS Function

21 August 2017

This is one of the pillars of Excel’s features. Yes, the jokes get no better...

VBA Blogs: Range Modifiers

18 August 2017

Last week we spoke about ranges and how you can refer to them in different ways. This week, we’re going to look at some of the ways you can apply range modifiers to change what set of cells exactly you’re referring to.

Power Query: Pivotal Pivoting

16 August 2017

Power Query’s ability to efficiently transform data allows one to pivot (and unpivot) data at the touch of a button.

A to Z of Excel Functions: The COLUMN Function

14 August 2017

The COLUMN function Ah, it’s time for my Lord of the Rings impersonation. What do I mean? “COLUMN” (try saying it out loud if you don’t understand – this joke is precious). This function returns the column number of the given cell reference. For example, the formula =COLUMN(D10) returns the value 4, because column D represents the fourth column.

VBA Blogs: Referring to Ranges

11 August 2017

There are a number of different ways that we can refer to Excel cells in a worksheet. In the VBA blog series, we’ve been using a fairly consistent approach to referencing cell ranges – that is, using the Range object available in VBA.

Power Query: Passing Through Parameters

9 August 2017

Last week, in In Terms of Conditional Columns, I looked at how parameters were a possible source when defining conditional columns. This week, I take a closer look at parameter creation by using a parameter in a filter...

A to Z of Excel Functions: The CODE Function

7 August 2017

If you find it CODE outside, this function may assist you. CODE returns a numeric code (great dictionary definition) for the first character in a text string. The returned code corresponds to the character set used by your computer.