How to deal with the Numbers Stored As Text Error in Excel?


How many times have you encountered the “Numbers Stored as text” error in your data sets? It interferes with your LOOKUP and MATCH functions, and arithmetic calculations. Excel has a Convert to Number functionality to help with this situation, but it could be a lot better. You have to deal with your columns one at a time, sometimes one cellContinue reading “How to deal with the Numbers Stored As Text Error in Excel?”

Magically Select All The Used Areas In A Sheet using VBA


I recently published a post about automatically formatting a table in Excel using VBA. That got me thinking, how awesome it would be, if we could format all the tables in a sheet, with a single click. For that idea to work, we need to get all the used areas in a worksheet; and then use the Areas Collection to loopContinue reading “Magically Select All The Used Areas In A Sheet using VBA”

Magically Format Tables in Excel using VBA


Excel Tables make analyzing data, a breeze. It surprises me that it is not used as often as it should. It automatically “includes” new data you add to your spreadsheets, it automatically drags down formulas for you, it automatically formats the tables for you. In addition to that, you can use structured references that make your formulasContinue reading “Magically Format Tables in Excel using VBA”

Get the Actual Used Range in a Spreadsheet


In one of my posts, I wrote about the UsedRange property of the Worksheet object. I use it in almost all of my spreadsheet applications. Excel keeps track of the last cell you used during your current session, and uses it to determine the used range of a sheet. The last cell is the one you get to, when you pressContinue reading “Get the Actual Used Range in a Spreadsheet”

Prepare for the show: A framework for hiding rows and columns in your spreadsheet applications


Hiding a bunch of rows and columns in a sheet before showing it to your boss is inevitable.  I insert blank rows and columns around a table, so I can use the CurrentRegion property of the Range Object in my code. I add labels to all my named ranges in the sheet. I split outContinue reading “Prepare for the show: A framework for hiding rows and columns in your spreadsheet applications”

To Err is Excel, Handle your Errors with grace


Error handling is an important aspect of programming in VBA, especially if you are writing macros for other users. Unfortunately, many users ignore it completely. Visual Basics is an amazing programming language, but it lags far behind in the error handling department. All we have is the “On Error”, “Goto” and the “Resume” statements. These statements allow onlyContinue reading “To Err is Excel, Handle your Errors with grace”

Progress Bar for all your excel Applications


Excel is versatile by itself and VBA makes it even better by allowing us to do our own thing. Most of us use VBA to automate tasks of varying complexity – some macros are executed in a flash, but others take hours to run. While there are users who are happy with just a Msgbox “This thingContinue reading “Progress Bar for all your excel Applications”

Mix And Match – Get all possible permutations of an unlimited number of lists in Excel


This post is a little fun, not much of a Struggle I guess. In excel, we use permutations more often than we realize. Say you have twenty performance metrics and you’d like to monitor them for each month, imagine how much copy pasting and concatenating would need being done to get your column header namesContinue reading “Mix And Match – Get all possible permutations of an unlimited number of lists in Excel”

Concatenate Unique Cells, with Text Formatting


A fellow struggler requested me to help him with a slightly beefed up Range Concatenate function. He needed to combine a bunch of numbers in a range; there were multiple entries of the same number, and he wanted a unique list; finally he needed to format the numbers.