Category Archives: MS Office

Excel: Merging CSV Files The Easy Way

For reasons which are best not explained, I was given some large data exports that had been created as a dozen or so Excel sheets (to the tune of 40,000+ lines per sheet) and asked to convert them into something more useful. Specifically, a CSV file. Continue reading

Word: Updating Autofields

MS Word is a peculiar beast and it should be remembered that, just because it comes out of the Microsoft stable, this doesn’t mean it works the same as MS Excel. There are some obscure reasons for this peculiarity but, rather than go into these in depth, I’ll limit the scope of this article to a specific question posed recently. Continue reading

Excel: Data Sort Using More Than 3 Columns

Excel was designed so that a user can sort by 3 columns, and that’s it. Why 3? Who knows, maybe the developers figured that 3 would be enough for any user of Excel and if they wanted more they’d be using a different application entirely. For whatever reason, that’s what we’re stuck with when using the Data>Sort tool provided. 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