Archives for October 2009

Calculate the Days Worked on a Project

Do you manage Projects? Do you create Project work schedules? Do you need to know how many days were actually worked on your Project?

If so, this Excel video lesson is for you. A viewer asked for my help. He did not want to use MS Project for his work schedules. Rather, he wants to know which Excel Functions to use for his Project work schedules.

Excel Functions Covered in this Tutorial

In this lesson, I demonstrate how to use two functions included in the Excel “Analysis Tool-Pak”:

  • =WORKDAY()

Index of Excel Video Tutorials

Search for a specific Excel Video Lesson on this website in my Index.

Watch Excel Tutorial on YouTube

Click on this link to watch this Excel Tutorial on my YouTube Channel – DannyRocksExcels

Secure Online Shopping for My Resources

Want to learn how to get the most out of Excel 2007?

My DVD, “The 50 Best Tips, Tricks & Techniques for Excel 2007” is available for purchase.



Use the =TODAY() Function to Identify Past Due Invoices

Here is another response to a viewer request. The letter asks for my help in identifying, counting and totaling the amount of “Past Due” invoices. In the viewer’s letter, she wanted me to use the =NOW() Function. This function returns the current date and time (Hour, Minute, Second) from your computer’s system clock. The =TODAY() Function is similar, but it returns only the current date. Both the =NOW() and =TODAY() Functions are “volatile.” This means that the value that they return will automatically update according to your computer’s system clock. This makes them excellent reference points in formulas that identify “Past Due” invoices.

In addition to using the =IF() Function to identify the invoices that are “Past Due,” I also demonstrate two other functions: =COUNTIF() to total the number of “Past Due” invoices and =SUMIF() to give me the total dollar amount that is “Past Due.” I recreate these formulas, this time, using “named cell ranges” in the formulas.

Finally, I show you a great new Filtering Feature in Excel 2007 – the ability to filter by time period e.g. “Next Week!”

Related Videos

Check out my new DVD, “The 50 Best Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Excel 2007.” It contains over 5 1/2 hours of training for Excel 2007. You can locate the specific tip that you want to learn – and in @ 6 minutes, you will have received all of the information that you need to become more productive in this area.

Use the Transpose Feature to Change the Orientation of Data Imported into Excel

I am working through the special requests that viewers have sent me. In this lesson, I show you how to:

  • Use Data – Get External Data – to import a simple delimited text file.
  • Use Copy – Paste Special – Transpose – to make a copy of the imported data that is now “vertically oriented.” i.e. The field entries run down the column rather than across the rows.
  • Use the Data – Text-to-Columns feature to break an “address block” (City, State, Zip Code) that is one cell into three distinct cells. This is a terrific time saver!

Now available for purchase: My DVD “The 50 Best Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Excel 2007”

Over 5 1/2 hours of training. Each video lesson focuses on one tip and averages 6 minutes.

Now available from the online store at

Related Videos

Use the =COUNTIF() Function to see how many badges have been claimed

A viewer wants to know how many badges have been claimed and how many have not yet been claimed. In Excel, use the =COUNTIF() Function to get the answer(s) to this question.

If you have ever struggled with using “Nested =IF() functions” you will welcome the =COUNTIF() Function – it is so much easier to use because the arguments for the function follow a logical progression.

My viewer also wanted to see the names of the guests who have claimed or who have not yet claimed their badges. To answer this request, I use a Data Filter – very easy to use and change.

Learn Excel quickly. Over 5 1/2 hours of Excel 2007 training on my DVD. Each lesson averages @ 6 minutes.

Shop for the DVDs in “The 50 Best Tips for…” series at my online bookstore.