Master Using Spreadsheets: 5 Time Saving Excel Tips


    With a whopping 750 million users, Microsoft Excel is super
    popular around the world. Yet only a tiny proportion of people use this
    powerful spreadsheet software to its fullest potential!

    Are you trying to become a master of
    spreadsheets and know the struggle? Want some pro advice to speed up the
    process? Keep reading to learn 5 time-saving Excel tips and shortcuts.

    Leverage Templates

    There’s no point recreating the
    wheel, right? Why go through the hassle of creating your own special spreadsheets
    if there’s a no-cost option already available?!

    That’s where pre-formatted Excel
    templates come into play. Whether you want to write a balance sheet, track your
    expenses, or put a to-do list together, there’s a pre-made template for the
    task. Head to the Microsoft website (or visit the plethora of other template
    sites online) to check out your options.

    Freeze Your Sheets

    Got an enormous Excel spreadsheet
    full of data on your hands? Scrolling up, down, left, and right can be super
    frustrating. It’s all too easy to lose track of the headings as you scroll
    around, forget what’s on a certain line; you find yourself constantly flicking
    back and forth.

    Freezing certain rows and columns
    will solve the problem. Simply head to ‘View’, click ‘Freeze Panes’, and select
    which row/column you’d like to ‘freeze’. It’ll then remain in place as you
    navigate around the spreadsheet!

    Remember the Backspace

    Does freezing your sheets sound like
    too much hard work? Hitting ‘Cntrl + backspace’ could be an even simpler alternative
    to a similar problem.

    If you’ve scrolled a long way from
    the top of your spreadsheet, this keyboard shortcut will transport you straight
    back to wherever your ‘active’ cell’s located (FYI, the ‘active’ cell is
    whichever one you last clicked on!). It’s another quick and easy hack to try
    whenever you’re struggling with big spreadsheets.

    Use the AutoSum Shortcut

    Anybody who hates maths will love
    the AutoSum shortcut. Imagine that you’ve just inserted a long row or column of
    numbers on a spreadsheet and need to add them together. In the cell beneath
    (for columns) or next to (for rows) those numbers, hit the ‘Alt’ and ‘+’ keys
    at the same time, followed by ‘enter’. It’ll sum the numbers automatically!

    Oh, and for an even easier way to do
    the same thing, you can click the ‘AutoSum’ button at the top of the sheet.
    This may not be rocket science or c# Excel interop stuff, but it’s sure to save you
    masses of time.

    Find Info With Ease

    Finding single pieces of data on big
    spreadsheets can be tough. Unless that is, you know the ‘Cntrl + F’ shortcut!
    Hitting those keys will bring up a box in which you can type the digits,
    keywords, or phrases for which you’re hunting.

    Hit enter and it’ll show you exactly
    where they are on the sheet! Oh, and if you hit ‘Cntrl + H’ instead, you’ll
    have an option to replace those items with new ones too.

    These Microsoft Excel Tips Into Action

    Excel’s used by hundreds of millions
    of people all over the world. Yet far fewer people know how to use it! We hope
    the Excel tips in this post will help in this regard.

    Keep them in mind and you’ll soon be
    saving time on this essential piece of software. Would you like to read more
    articles like this one? Search ‘computers’ on the website now.


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