Often, data imported into an Excel worksheet contains excess spaces or strange (often unprintable)
characters. There are two handy functions TRIM and CLEAN to cleanup such data.
Sometimes, you may want to view two different parts of a worksheet simultaneously - perhaps to make it
easier to reference a distant cell in a formula. Or you may want to examine more than one sheet in the same
When you scale Excel chart, the font of text items is scaled proportionally to the size of the chart.
Unfortunately this powerful feature is a big source of a headache. Scaled fonts break formatting
consistency, when those charts are being inserted into the Word document or PowerPoint presentation.
Fortunately you can turn off auto-scaling for the particular chart item or disable it at all.
If you have several parts of something whole, you can demonstrate each item in one pie chart. But, when
several parts each amount to less than 10 percent of the pie, it becomes hard to distinguish the slices.
If you want to combine more than two different data series with common horizontal and different vertical
values, you could not just add another axis to the chart. You need to combine several charts into one chart.
Sometimes you want to show several axes in one chart in order to demonstrate each data series with different
formatting and with different axis in one chart.
If you assigned a key combination to a macro when you recorded it, you can run the macro by pressing that
key combination. If not, you can subsequently assign the macro to the menu item.
Sometimes you can give your charts more impressive view by showing deviations of some real process from its
Most reports and presentations contain a lot of boring charts that describe the state before and after
some event, action, etc. However, using simple visual tricks you can shake up the audience and draw an
attention to the essence of your presentation.
If Excel is set to display changes on screen, you can use the technique of hovering the mouse pointer over a
cell to see the change made. This technique tends to be useful only when you've tracked changes to just a
handful of cells.