Tag Archives: Excel

Don’t be fooled – protecting isn’t bullet-proof

SharynAvatarBlog120x120When I’m asked to teach a class on how to restrict editing within a document, the first 5 minutes of my instruction is usually spent explaining that protecting isn’t bullet-proof.

Why do I do this?  Because I have met so many people who assume that restricting the editing of a document by adding a password is in fact securing it so that only the holder or holders of the password can access the file.  Not true!  Via the Internet you can easily access a multitude of work-arounds that coach you through how to easily access the content of a restricted file. Continue reading Don’t be fooled – protecting isn’t bullet-proof

Are you endangering the privacy of your clients and team members?

SharynAvatarBlog120x120I once paid a lawyer to draft a legal agreement for my business.  The document was fabulous and given to me as a Microsoft® Word file so that I could easily add additional information each time I used the document.  When I received the file I noticed that the document’s metadata (hidden properties) held the name of another law firm, not the law firm that this document had been sent from.  Not a good look at all.

How did this happen?  Simple.  My document was a copy of a document from another law firm.  When the copy was made, possibly using File, Save As, the document’s metadata was carried over into my file.  The lawyer may not have been aware that Word files store metadata, information that can reveal details of the author and organisation from which it originated.  Even though my lawyer had indeed drafted the document, the original template of the file had been created at another law firm.  So even though it was his work, it looked as though it had originated elsewhere. Continue reading Are you endangering the privacy of your clients and team members?

Excel – 5 Paste tips that will save you HEAPS of time

SharynAvatarBlog120x120Ever wondered what the most used command is in Excel?

I have. In fact a few years back I searched for the answer on Google.  I had thought that the answer would surely be ‘Undo’, especially when I think about how often I use the fabulous Ctrl + Z key combination. Amazingly I found a page (which sadly I’m unable to find now) that claimed that Undo wasn’t the most used…it was Paste, Ctrl + V. Continue reading Excel – 5 Paste tips that will save you HEAPS of time

Excel and Word 2010 – How do I open two files and view them in separate windows?

SharynAvatarBlog120x120I love working with two screens! Having the ability to have more than one window fully visible is just such a pleasure.

Many users of Office 2010 ask me how they can open two Excel or Word files at the same time and view them in separate windows, one on each screen. Continue reading Excel and Word 2010 – How do I open two files and view them in separate windows?

Excel – Using VLOOKUP to compare two lists

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Years ago the Training and Development manager of a large organisation invited me to spend some time in their Accounts department in order to observe how the Accounts team dealt with their day-to-day tasks. My job was to report on any process that could be improved using Microsoft® Excel.

I’ll always remember asking one of the team (a “just-out-of-school” new recruit) what he was working on after I’d observed him sitting with a red biro and a ruler, diligently drawing red lines on 2 separate sheets of paper. It turned out he was trying to reconcile a customer’s account. Continue reading Excel – Using VLOOKUP to compare two lists

Excel – Retaining a leading 0 (zero) when entering Post Codes – great for mail merging

SharynAvatarBlog120x120PROBLEM: When you enter a post code that has a leading 0 (zero), e.g. 0642, you see only the last 4 digits, not the leading zero.  This is especially frustrating when using an Excel file in a Mail Merge!

SOLUTION: learn how make the 0 stay!

 

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