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Turn Off Cell Background Error Checking with VBA

When I’m all done with my Excel application, I’ll usually want to flip off background error checking – that is, I’ll tell Excel to stop showing those little green triangles that appear in cells. Don’t get me wrong, those little green alerts can be useful – but they are rarely so in a finished product […]

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How to: highlighting cells using the rollover technique in Excel

In my last post I used my patented rollover technique to create an effect similar to the one shown below: Neat, huh? When you place your mouse over a cell, it changes color to show that you are selecting it. It’s a true “rollover”: no mouse-clicks required. In my last post, I show how that might […]

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Spreadsheet Guidelines and Best Practices

Today, I found this journal article, The role of OR [Operations Research] specialists in ‘do it yourself’ spreadsheet development, from the European Journal of Operational Research, by John S Edwards, Paul N Finlay, John M Wilson. The article outlines 20 Guidelines for Spreadsheet Development and 21 Best Practices Points, which I excerpt below. Guidelines for Spreadsheet […]

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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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Toward a Proper Excel Filename Style

Most importantly, use your wordsAn ideal Excel filename should be two or three succinct words and contain few numbers. Current operating systems no longer constrain filename character length, so there is neither excuse for nor cleverness in using shorthand. Capitalize each word as you would a document title.     Only abbreviate proper nounsIf your […]

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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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