How to Check Excel Cells for Specific Text

Not long ago, a friend challenged a comment I made. It had to do with word choices and if people use one verb more than others. In this article, I’ll show you how to tell if an Excel cell contains specific text. We’ll test this out using a series of questions people posed to Google.

How to Transpose Excel Columns to Rows

Transposed table in Excel

Everyone looks at data differently. Some people create Excel spreadsheets where the main fields go across horizontally in a row. Others put the data vertically. Sometimes these preferences lead to a scenario where you want to transpose Excel data. Transpose is an Excel function that allows you to convert Excel columns to rows without retyping the data. (Includes sample worksheet)

Easy Formulas to Extract Text from Excel Cell

Street address column values copied into new columns.

Excel is a great tool, but sometimes the spreadsheet files we get to work with aren’t ideal. One example is a file with a data column, maybe a street address, that you’d really like to pull parts. In this tutorial, I’ll show how to extract text from a cell in Excel using some useful text functions. (Includes practice workbook.)

How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel

VLOOKUP example with lookup table

One of the popular Excel tutorial requests is how do you look up a value on one Excel worksheet and use it on another Excel worksheet. For example, you need to translate a product number into a product name. One of my favorite Excel functions is the VLOOKUP function and it can help with this task. (Includes example spreadsheet and video.)

Excel Goal Seek Offers Quick Answers

Excel Goal Seek dialog box

Do you ever play the “what-if” game when you see Excel data? For example, how many more widgets would we need to sell to get our 20% bonus? In my case, I was trying to figure out many more voters we needed to win a ballot measure. Excel has a simple feature for these scenarios.

How to Separate Names in Excel

Excel formula to parse name

Recently, a friend asked about fixing an Excel spreadsheet where the subscriber name was in 1 column. He wanted the name separated so he could send a personalized mailing. This is not the first time this question has arisen. The key to solving this problem is to parse or split the data using the Text to Columns feature. Includes workaround when you have middle names or initials too.

Excel Data Forms Make Data Entry Easy

Example of Excel Data Form.

Of all the work related items I need to do, the one I hate is data entry. It’s mind numbing and given the chance, I’ll make mistakes. One way I found to make the process easier is to use the Excel data form. It’s great when the records span across many cells.