Category Archives: 2003

Excel: moving from menu to ribbon, pt. II

I did say, in the post Excel: moving from menu to ribbon, that getting a friendly developer to write a custom menu set-up for you to replicate the old 2003 menu is not the way to go. Irrespective, I consider myself both friendly and a developer so we do actually have an add-in available, for those who’d like to disregard my previous advice. Continue reading

Excel: moving from menu to ribbon

For users of Excel the change from the familiar old menu bar, in Excel 2003 and earlier, to the new ribbon, in Excel 2007 or 2010, things can be a bit of a shock. Things aren’t where you expect, some may not even be in a place you consider sensible. But, now you’ve upgraded, let’s look at a way to deal with this. Continue reading

Excel 2003: IFERROR

For those who’ve now experienced Excel 2007 or 2010, you may well be aware that there is a lovely replacement for the good old scenario of:


This is, of course, the IFERROR function. But for those still using 2003 you’re stuck with the above. Now we know that this works, but it can very quickly get big, bulky and nasty. And with multiple nesting formulae it’s hard to spot when or where it’s gone wrong.

So, how to deal with this? Continue reading

Excel: Formatting vs. Styles

This one was prompted by a problem posed on an Excel forum, for which I provided a solution. The original issue was actually to do with hiding/unhiding rows programmatically based on user selection from a drop-down, a function that required use of the Worksheet_Change event and Set Intersect, with additional code to hide/unhide…but that’s beside the point, so we’ll skip that one for now. Continue reading

Excel: Defined Names

A Defined Name is a text descriptor created by the user/developer to describe content, meaning or use of a cell or range of cells, a constant, or a formula. Once defined this can be used in place of cell addresses or other content and makes formulae much easier to understand and/or maintain.  Continue reading