Excel 2013 new feature: Timeline Slicer

What’s New in Excel 2013?  Timeline Slicers !

Timeline Slicers are a feature new to Excel 2013.
If your PivotTable contains dates, a Timeline Slicer affords you and your reviewers an easy method to filter and scale of the dates displayed..

(For detailed instructions on creating PivotTables review the 5 minute video tutorial  PivotTables and Slicers )

Inserting the Timeline Slicer

  1. Click here to open the file PivotTable Advanced Functions.xls file.
  2. Review the Sales sheet. This is the source of our PivotTable data.
  3. Click the Summary Sheet. A PivotTable has already been inserted, with the dates of Weekly Sales displayed in Rows, and a Slicer for the Category field applied.
  4. Select one of the cells containing data (e.g. A4).
  5. On the Ribbon, on the PIVOTTABLE TOOLS: ANALYZE tab, in the Filters group, click Insert Timeline. The Insert Timelines dialog appears.
  6. Check Weekly Sales and click OK. The Weekly Sales Timeline Slicer appears.
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Weekly Sales Timeline Slicer

Working with Timeline Slicers

  • CLICK or CLICK+ DRAG on the timescale to filter timeline.
  • To change the scale, click the Level drop-down, at right, and select Years, Quarters, Months, or Days.
  • To quickly format, select a style from  the Timeline Styles on the TIMELINE TOOLS: OPTIONS  tab of the Ribbon.

Cheers!
hɔuᴉnb

Comments and questions are always welcome!

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PowerPoint Sections

Here’s a quick PowerPoint tip: Add Sections to your Presentations.

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Slide Sections
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Some Benefits of working with Sections:

  • Print just the slides in a given section (click File, Print, and then, in the Settings area, select Section).
  • CLICK + DRAG to easily change the order of your slides.
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CLICK + DRAG section headers to reorder slides

To Create Slide Sections

  1. On the Ribbon, on the View tab, select either Normal view or Sorter view.
  2. RIGHT + CLICK between two slides thumbnails. In Normal view these thumbnails appear on the navigation pane.
  3. Select Add Section.

The section header is added and titled ‘Unnamed Section’. If there is no previous section header a ‘Default Section’ is also inserted at the beginning of the presentation.

To Modify Sections (e.g., Rename, Remove, Collapse, etc.) :

  • RIGHT + CLICK on a section header, or
  • Click the Sections button located on the Home Tab, in the Slides group.

Excel Advanced Filter

   

So you’ve mastered the FILTER tool (aka, ‘Filter-in-place’). Are you ready to step up to ADVANCED FILTERS?

Although the Filter-in-place tool is easy to use, it does not handle multiple column INCLUSIVE criteria very well.

Using the ADVANCED FILTER you can:

  • Copy filtered records to another part of the spreadsheet, leaving the original database undisturbed.
  • Generate a BOOLEAN OR (aka, inclusive) condition across multiple fields.

What does that that last part mean? Let’s take the following scenario.

The last time Russia played host to the Winter Games was in 1994.  In preparing for the 2014 Olympics , you are tasked to create of separate list that includes:

  • ALL RUSSIAN MEDAL WINNERS (any year), and
  • 1994 GOLD MEDALISTS, in the WINTER OLYMPICS, of any nationality.

An Olympic feat (pun intended)? Not for ADVANCED FILTER!

(cue the Olympic music

Performing the ADVANCED FILTER requires a little preparation. You will need to prepare a CRITERIA RANGE to ask the question, and an OUTPUT RANGE to display the result. These ranges must be be in a separate area of the same worksheet  preferably to the right of the original.

Click here to download the 2014 Olympic Data file, then execute the instructions below.

Preparing the Criteria and Output Ranges

  1. Select and copy the column headings in cells A1:G1.
  2. Paste the headings, starting in cell J1 and again in cell J6.
  3. In cell L2 type ‘RUS’
  4. On the following row, in the appropriate cells, type ‘1994‘ ( J3), ‘Gold‘ (O3) and ‘Winter‘ (P3).
Preparing the Criteria and Output ranges
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Performing the Advanced Filter

  1. Place cursor on one of the cells from the original database (e.g. B4).
  2. On the the Data tab of the Ribbon, in the Sort and Filter group, click Advanced. The Advanced Filter dialog will appear.
  3. For Action select Copy to another location.
  4. Review the List Range. If necessary correct the reference to include the source data.
  5. In the Criteria Range field type or select cells J1:P3.
  6. In the Copy To field, type or select the Output Range header, cells J6:P6.
  7. Click OK.

Voilà! The records that satisfy these criteria are copied to the Output range, and you get a virtual laurel wreath!

Closing Ceremony Notes:

  • Our criteria range included the headings and two additional rows. Each OR (inclusive) condition is entered on a separate row. Although our criteria uses data from 4 columns, there are only two separate, inclusive criteria; (1) RUSSIAN OR (2) GOLD MEDALIST in YEAR 1994. Were additional inclusive criteria necessary (e.g., Gender)  the criteria range in Step 5 would need to be increased, accordingly.
  • The copied data is not linked to the original. Edits to the original source data do not affect the copied output. Should you edit the source data you need only re-run the Advance Filter to synchronize data.
  • Do not put anything below the Output Range headers that you intend to keep; Excel erases all the rows beneath prior creating the output.

Word 2010: Style Sets and Ligatures

Let’s profile two of Word’s newer design features: Stylistic Sets and Ligatures. These features, introduced in Word 2010 and available to documents saved in .DOCX format, leverage the newer OpenType font standard. Using these features, you can enhance and embellish select text.

Stylistic Sets

Certain OpenType fonts (e.g., Calibri, Gabriola, Cambria, etc.) have additional embedded appearance options, called Stylistic Sets. These sets enable subtle (and not so subtle) appearance changes, based on Stylistic Set selection, character spacing and letter combination.

Gabriola font with differnt Stylistic Sets applied
Gabriola font with different Stylistic Sets applied

To apply a Stylistic Set

  1. Select text.
  2. On the Home tab of the Ribbon, in the Font group, click the Text Effects and Typography button. Alternatively, you can press CTRL + D to launch the Font dialog box, and then click the Advanced tab.
  3. Point to Stylistic Sets and select desired set.

Ligatures

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A Ligature consists of two or more letters commonly joined together in written text. Back in the days of movable type, these characters where forged one a single printing press block, also known as ‘glyph’, to save time and space. Some common examples include  Æ, Œ , ƒƒ, and my personal favorite, Qu.

In Word, ligatures are categorized as:

  • Standard,  contains the ligatures that most typographers and font designers agree are appropriate for that language.
  • Contextual, ligatures that the font designer believed appropriate for use with that font.
  • Historical, ligatures for language that was once standard but is no longer commonly used (e.g., ‘ye olde theatre’)
  • Discretionary, ligatures that the font designer included for specific purposes.

Here’s a sentence using Calibri, with all ligature categories applied.

Calibri font 'All' Ligatures formatted
Calibri font with different ligature types selelcted

To apply a Ligature

  1. Select text.
  2. On the Home tab of the Ribbon, in the Font group, click the Text Effects and Typography button. Alternatively, you can press CTRL + D to launch the Font dialog box, and then click the Advanced tab.
  3. Point to Ligatures and select desired format.

Cheers!
hɔuᴉnb

Comments and questions are always welcome!

PivotTables & Slicers

Want a quick introduction to PivotTables? Watch this 10 minute video. I demonstrate the basic features of PivotTables and feature Slicers, new to Excel 2010. And for more, view the earlier post: PivotTable Intro, Step by Step.

Excel Speaks!

Here’s another cool feature of Excel: Speak Cells on Enter.

Speak Cells on Enter

This can prove valuable as a means to verify accurate data entry. The only setup required is to add a button to your Quick Action Toolbar (QAT).

To setup:

  1. RIGHT + CLICK on the QAT and select Customize Quick Access Toolbar.
  2. Set the Choose commands from drop-down to All commands, then scroll down and select Speak Cells on Enter.
  3. Click Add, then OK.

The button now appears on your QAT. Click button to toggle the feature on or off.

When active, each time you enter in a cell, the cell contents will be read back to you. Unlike other reader programs this voice is clear and rather pleasant (take note Acrobat).

Now if only you could select the voice,  I’d take something along the lines of a HAL 9000, or K.I.T.T. model.

Additional voice features of Excel include:

  • Speak Cells
  • Speak Cells – Stop Speaking Cells
  • Speak Cells by Columns
  • Speak Cells by Rows
  • Stop Listening to Voices in My Head*

*available only to select consumers. What, I am not one of them? I am so! You keep out of this.

Cheers!
hɔuᴉnb

Comments and questions are always welcome!