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2016 Microsoft MVP Summit, Part 2: Trump Wins

Tuesday November 8 I was in Redmond at the Microsoft MVP Summit. It was also the day of the USA presidential election. This was my flashbulb moment, observed from a European perspective: A small group of us Excel MVPs (Roger … Continue reading

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2016 Microsoft MVP Summit, Part 1

I was privileged to attend the 2016 Microsoft MVP Summit in Redmond November 6-10 along with many other Excel MVPs. We had some great sessions with the Excel and the Office Extensibility Product teams, and I have to say that … Continue reading

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Excel: Evil and Hero Functions

Some time back I setup a (not too serious) survey (based on Excel online of course) to see what people thought were the best (most heroic) and worst (most evil) Excel worksheet functions. And the most evil function is: GETPIVOTDATA! … Continue reading

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INDIRECT – Excel’s Most Evil Function

My choice for Excel’s most evil worksheet function is INDIRECT, for reasons outlined below. If you have a different choice you can cast your vote for your most evil function (and your favourite function) here. So what makes INDIRECT so … Continue reading

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Special Offer for Excel Summit South

If you were thinking about joining us at Excel Summit South for what promises to be a great 2 days of Excel then register now to take advantage of a 10% discount offer. Just use coupon code LIMITED – the … Continue reading

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 170,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at … Continue reading

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Excel Summit South: Auckland Sydney Melbourne March 2016

I have spent the last 2 years putting together this stellar line-up of speakers (Excel MVPs – the Excel Dev Team – External speakers) for a series of 2 day conferences in Australia and New Zealand in March 2016. This … Continue reading

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Excel ForceFullCalculation: Trading off Editing speed vs Calculation speed

A recent post at Stack Overflow reminded me that I have not posted about the pros and cons of Excel’s Workbook.ForceFullCalculation property. So what does Workbook.ForceFullCalculation do? The simple answer is that it switches off Excel’s smart recalculation algorithm, so … Continue reading

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Timing Excel Formula Calculations

I have written a couple of posts previously about the methodology of timing Excel calculations: A Quantum of Time – measuring time accurately The XIPS Challenge – how fast does Excel calculate? But rather than focus exclusively on how to … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at … Continue reading

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