Essential Excel Skill #3: Creating and Using Named Cell Ranges in Excel

Essential Skill #3 - Using Named Cell Ranges

Essential Excel Skill 33 – Using Named Cell Ranges

I believe that there are two main reasons to create and use Named Cell Ranges in Excel”

  • They make great Navigational Bookmarks – to quickly move to a specific location in your workbook
  • Using Named Cell Ranges in Excel Formulas make the formula:
    • Easier to Write
    • Easier to Explain – to others
    • Easier to Understand – when you need to edit it or copy it.

9 Essential Excel Skills

My latest Excel Video Training Resource: “9 Essential Excel Skills,” contains 4 hours of focused video training. There are a total of 25 individual video tutorials in the resource.

Here, in this lesson, I demonstrate several of the tips and techniques that I present in Essential Skill # 3. I show you how easy it is to create and use Named Cell Ranges in Excel Formulas and Functions.

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Two Glowing Reviews for my Excel Video Tutorials

Today, two of my customers posted glowing reviews for my Excel Video Tutorials. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

9 Essential Skills for Excel 2010

9 Essential Skills for Excel 2010 Video Tutorial

“Nine Essential Skills for Excel 2010”

“In my opinion the 9 Essential Skills for Excel 2010 , is an outstanding training video. It covers a lot of the required intermediate requirements. One thing that really stands out for me is the method of presentation. Danny always:

  • a) explains what he is going to do in simple language 
  • b)demonstrates what he has just explained
  • c)shows you where to find the icons on the ribbon
  • d)shows you the keyboard shortcuts to use(they actually appear on the video as they are used.

The video also had a good introduction to the value of using tables. Like all of Danny’s videos this should be a fantastic success.

– John J, Canada

Pivot Tables for Excel 2003

“Excel 2003 Pivot Tables to Summarize, Analyze, and Present Information”

“A mere few hours with your Excel 2003 course and I was able to
perform pivot table operations which had eluded me for over a year
using multiple other publications totaling nearly 1,500 pages: while those sources are terrific, each of us learns differently, your courses certainly fill that learning gap for me.

I deal with mostly with cumulative metrics, that is, incremental, week to week.

After two evenings of your course, I was able to build tables presenting the year, month, quarter & weekly totals of the multiple tools deployed, and, amazingly, display the incremental changes down to a week-to-week basis.

You had mentioned that you hoped I enjoyed the course, of course, I enjoyed the course – indeed, but after a year-plus struggle with several other sources, the *learning* from your course was the true reward!”

– Paul B., Colorado

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How to Correct #N/A Error Messages for Excel’s VLOOKUP Function

Fix the #N/A Error Message

A colleague of mine – who is an experienced Excel user – cannot figure out why he is receiving those ugly #N/A Error Messages when he is using the VLOOKUP Function in Excel.

After a quick look at his workbook, I spotted the problem!

Use the TRIM() Function to Remove Extra Spaces

It turns out, that the data source – housed on the company’s Main Frame Computer – is using “Fixed Width” Fields. So, while only 7 characters are visible, I used the LEN() Function to determine that the field was actually storing 12 characters.

The #N/A Error Message for VLOOKUP()

The #N/A Error Message appears when a Match cannot be found for the Lookup Value in the Left-most Column of the Table_Array when using VLOOKUP(). In this case, my viewer was trying to match a lookup value that contains 7 characters to a value in a field formatted to contain 12 characters. This is what produced the #N/A Error!

Paste Special Values

The final step to correct this problem is to use Copy – Paste Special – Values to replace the Formulas with the values of those formulas.

Essential Excel Skills

9 Essential Skills for Excel 2010

9 Essential Skills for Excel 2010 Video Tutorial

In this video, I cover three Essential Excel Skills:

  1. Essential Functions – VLOOKUP()
  2. Text Functions – LEN() and TRIM()
  3. Paste Special Options

I cover each of these skills – and more – in greater detail on my new 4-Hour Video Training Resource, “Nine Essential Skills for Excel.”” Click on the links below to learn more about:

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The 10 Most Watched Excel YouTube Videos for September 2012

My YouTube Channel – DannyRocksExcels – had 141,586 individual views during the month of September 2012:

Here is a list – with Hyperlinks – to the 10 Most Watched Excel Videos

Top 10 YouTube Excel Videos

  1. Compare Two Excel Lists to Spot the Differences– 5,304 views in September
    1. Go to this Blog Post on my website
  2. How to Merge Multiple Excel Workbooks to a Master Budget – 4,915 views in September
    1. Go to this Blog Post on my website
  3. How to Use Advanced Filters in Excel– 4,660 views in September
    1. Go to this Blog Post on my website
  4. How to Add a Check Box Control to an Excel Form– 4,301 views in September
    1. Go to this Blog Post on my website
  5. Use the Built-in Data Form in Excel to View and Filter Records– 3,948 views in September
    1. Go to this Blog Post on my website
  6. How to Create a Summary Report from an Excel Table-3,932 views in September
    1. Go to this Blog Post on my website
  7. How to Create an Interactive Excel Pivot Chart– 3,696 views in September
    1. Go to this Blog Post on my website
  8. Consolidating Data from Multiple Excel Worksheets by Position– 3,618 views in September
    1. Go to this Blog Post on my website
  9. How to Use the Solver Tool in Excel– 3,532 views in September
    1. Go to this Blog Post on my website
  10. How to Use an Excel Data Table for “What-if” Analysis– 3,513 views in September
    1. Go to this Blog Post on my website

Thanks to my 4,500 Subscriber on YouTube!

I extend my heartfelt thanks to my many loyal viewers and subscribers to my Excel video tutorials. Your feedback and requests for solutions have formed the foundation for my Excel Training Videos.

9 Essential Excel 2010 Skills

9 Essential Excel 2010 Skills

Learn More About my Extended Length Excel Video Training Resources

I have created a series of Extended Length Video Training Resources in the category of “Master Excel in Minutes.” I invite you to follow this link to learn more about my new series of videos.

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How to Use Lookup Functions in Excel – Take a Free Lesson from My Latest Video Training Resource

Video Lesson - Lookup Functions in Excel 2007

Video Lesson – Lookup Functions in Excel 2007

I have just published the Excel 2007 version of my latest video training resource, “Nine Essential Excel Skills.” And, I want to offer you the opportunity to watch a complete episode. This is one of the 25 video tutorials included on my video training resource. The complete package contains almost four-hours of focused Excel 2007 Training.

Lookup Functions in Excel 2007

Watch this complete 11 minutes and 30 second lesson, as I demonstrate how to use both the VLOOKUP() and HLOOKUP() Functions in Excel. I demonstrate how to return an “exact” match as well as how to return an “approximate” match. I use “plain language” to describe how to use Lookup Functions.

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You can download a PDF of my Step-by-Step Instructional Guide for the “9 Essential Excel 2007 Skills” video training resource. I am offering this for free so that you can see the scope and detail of the training that I offer on my 4-hour video. Click on this link to begin the downloading process for my free Instructional Guide.

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Instructional Guide “9 Essential Excel 2010 Skills” – Download for Free

Instructional Guide "9 Essential Excel 2010 Skills"

Instructional Guide “9 Essential Excel 2010 Skills”

I want you to discover the scope of the Excel Training that I offer on my new video tutorial, “9 Essential Excel 2010 Skills.” So, I am offering the PDF of the Step-by-Step Instructional Guide that accompanies the video tutorial.

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I am convinced that once you see the scope of the training in Excel 2010 that I offer, you will want to purchase the video tutorial. I offer my video in tow versions:

List of the “9 Essential Excel 2010 Skills”

9 Essential Skills for Excel 2010

9 Essential Skills for Excel 2010 Video Tutorial

These are the 9 Essential Skills that I have identified for my video tutorial:

  1. Entering Data Efficiently in Excel 2010
  2. Selecting Cell Ranges Efficiently in Excel 2010
  3. Creating and Using Named Cell Ranges in Excel 2010
  4. Applying Styles and Formatting to Excel 2010 Worksheets
  5. Working with Structured Data Sets in Excel 2010
  6. Working with Excel 2010 Formulas and Functions
  7. Using Paste Special Options in Excel 2010
  8. Using Data Validation in Excel 2010
  9. Using Excel 2010 “What-if” Analysis Tools

Excel 2010 Practice Files Included

When you purchase my video tutorial, you receive the same Excel 2010 Worksheets that I used while filming each of the 25 video tutorials. Using the same files as you view my videos, you will be able to practice your new skills. And, of course, you also receive the same Instructional Guide that I am offering for free!

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How to Combine 2 Excel Workbooks Using VLOOKUP Function

VLOOKUP Function Arguments

VLOOKUP Function Arguments

I created this video tutorial to assist one of my viewers. He had 2 Excel Workbooks that he needed to combine. Because he had a MemberID Field in each workbook, I decided that the VLOOKUP() Function would be the fastest way to complete this task for my viewer.

Tips Covered in this Video

  • Move or Copy a Worksheet to another Excel Workbook
  • Use a Mixed Cell Reference – e.g. $A4 – so that column “A” reference is “frozen” when copying formula
  • Create “Named Range” to use as the “Table_Array” argument in VLOOKUP
  • Use FALSE as 4th (optional) argument in VLOOKUP to produce an “exact match”
  • Use IFERROR to prevent “error messages” from displaying

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How to Use an Array Function in Excel – Learn How to Use the Frequency Function

Key Points for Frequency FunctionIn my experience, most of the people who I train have never heard of – let alone use – Array Formulas and Functions in Excel. However, once I demonstrate how they work, they become “hooked” and want to learn more about these “Magic Formulas!” In this tutorial, I demonstrate, “step-by-step” how to use the FREQUENCY() Function in Excel.

Previous Tutorial on The Company Rocks Website

If you watched my previous tutorial, I used the same data set and a Pivot Table to Group these 500 plus Sample Records by Age Bracket. Using a Pivot Table, you can quickly “group”  ages into brackets – without writing a single formula! However, on the down side, you must use a consistent “step-value” for these groupings – in this case by 10 years. When you need more flexibility in organizing your Age Brackets, use the Frequency Function in Excel.

How to Use the FREQUENCY() Function in Excel

  1. Create your “Bin Array.” In this example, enter – in ascending order – the ages that you want to find the “frequency of occurrences” between
  2. Select the “Array of Cells” that will contain your FREQUENCY() Function results.
  3. Write the FREQUENCY() Function –  1st argument is the  “Data_array”. In this case, I created a Named Cell Range called “Age.” this is mu “Best Practice Tip!”
  4. The 2nd argument is the “Bin_array.” Choose the vertical range of cells that you created in step 1 of this list. Make sure that the “size” of this Array matches the “size” of your Array Formula Selection.
  5. Complete the Array Function with the keyboard combination of “Ctrl + Shift + Enter.” This “CSE” combination is essential when entering all Array Formulas and Functions!

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How to Group People by Age Bracket Using an Excel Pivot Table

Pivot Table for Age Brackets

Pivot Table to Group Age Brackets

In my previous Excel Tutorial, I demonstrated how to use the Group Field command in a Pivot Table to summarize time periods by the Hour. Several viewers wanted to know what other grouping possibilities are available in Pivot Tables. One viewer wanted to know how to group people who responded to a survey by Age Brackets. That is why I created this tutorial!

Use DATEDIF Function to Calculate Age

From my perspective, the DATEDIF() is an invaluable function. However, it is not documented in Excel. Watch how I use its three arguments to calculate the age of each person in the data set.

Group Field by Age

Select a single value in the “Age” Field and then select the “Group Field” Command. In the dialog box, choose the “step-value” for your groups. In this case, I chose the Default Setting of 10 years.

Show Pivot Table Values As

Some of the most powerful Pivot Table tools are found on the “Show Values As” tab of the “Value Field Settings” Dialog Box. Watch me demonstrate how to show each Age Bracket as a Percentage of the Column.

Apply Conditional Formatting to Pivot Table

Take advantage of the greatly improved Conditional Formatting Commands in Excel 2007 and Excel 2010 to focus attention on the key information in your Pivot Table. In this case, I use the “Top 10 Items” rule to apply Conditional Formatting to the two highest Age Brackets- by percentage – for each gender.

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How to Calculate the Calendar Year Quarter for a Date in Excel

Formulas to Calculate a Calendar Year Quarter

Formulas to Calculate a Calendar Year Quarter

After watching my previous video tutorial, “How to Place Dates in a Fiscal Year Quarter,” several viewers requested that I demonstrate how to calculate the calendar year quarter for a date.

This requires “nesting” the MONTH() /3 Function inside either the ROUNDUP() or the CEILING() Function. I break these formulas down step-by-step in this video so that you can see how they work.

Formatting Numbers to Include Text

As a bonus, I demonstrate how to format the formula result cells to include the text “Quarter.” This is really simple to create as a custom format.

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