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Enlarging Form Control Option Buttons

In a previous tip, I had complained about form control option buttons. I had argued they suffer because you can’t change the font size nor the “punch circle.” But then an idea dawned on me that builds off of that previous tip. We could use the same dynamic described in that earlier article and combine […]

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Custom Formats for Dashboards and Spreadsheet Applications

Conditional formats are volatile. If you have too many, you see the effects of this volatility in serious calculations slowdown. As the function guru Charles Williams puts it, “…conditional formats seem to be super-volatile: they are evaluated each time the cell that contains them is repainted on the screen, even in Manual calculation mode….” But […]

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Creating a Spreadsheet-Based Wizard

First of all, happy spreadsheet day! It was on this date today that VisiCalc was first shipped to the masses. The rest, as they say, is history. So let’s talk about creating a spreadsheet-based wizard. By “spreadsheet-based,” I mean no Userforms. That’s right. There are many good Excel tutorials out there on developing wizards with […]

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Directly link Excel form controls to backend data with dynamic references

Form controls are great for reporting information about groups of items, like a list of programs or accounts. They are often used on Excel dashboards and reports that demand interactive capabilities. One such type of capability provides the user with a list of items to choose from. When the user makes a selection, a macro […]

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Guest Post #1 – Dynamic Funnel Chart

Reader, Bert van Zandbergen, from Beekbergen, The Netherlands (Holland) sent me his own cool creation based on the Rollover technique I created. I asked if I could post his work to this blog to which he graciously agreed. Below is his write up. Some of the Excel functions below are in Dutch (which I think is […]

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Change the Font Size, Color, and Style of an Excel Form Control Label

Anyone who has used a Form Control Label likely knows its limitations: you can’t increase the font-size, -color, or style.  Below, you can see that these formatting items have been “grayed out” in the Font group on the Excel Ribbon. To be sure, the Label control has received a lot of flack for these deficiencies. […]

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Truncating Long Text to Fit into Cells

Have you had a list of names but found your cell width too small to show every name?  Take a look at this: I had my nonexistent secretary print out this fake itinerary for me.  Nothing lines up neatly.  Look how some of my events overlap the cell boundary between columns B and C.  My 2012 End-of-world Steering […]

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A Dynamic Dashboard for Project Durations and Costs in Excel

Make sure to checkout A Dynamic Dashboard for Project Durations and Costs in Excel (part 2) for the example file! Let’s say you are the manager of a portfolio of projects at your company.  While each project under your aegis is different, they have a few things in common; specifically – and for the sake of our […]

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My Top 5 VBA Development Environment Tips

So you’ve got a project that requires VBA – you’re ready and excited – and you jump right in! But here come the headaches! With every syntax error the visual basic environment interrupts your programming mojo with an annoying popup. You remembered to place comments in your code – but where are the ones you’re looking for? […]

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How to Create a Rollover Effect in Excel: Execute a Macro When Your Mouse is over a Cell

“Rollover B8 OV1” (like Rollover Beethoven…? get it?)Update 17 July 2011: This blog entry was featured in Chandoo’s latest post. So if you’re coming here from his site — welcome! original post: This post was inspired by Chandoo’s post on hyperlinks in Excel. If you haven’t checked his website out yet – you should. It’s […]

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