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Calculating the difference between two time stamps

Because time stamps are represented as serial numbers, you can subtract the earlier time from the later time to get the difference.

Goal Seeking

Goal seeking is a useful feature that works in conjunction with your formulas. If you know what a formula result should be, Excel can tell you which values of one or more input cells you need to produce that result.

Splitting text strings without using formulas

If you want to paste text in your worksheet, you can use Excel's Convert Text to Columns Wizard.

Creating a gauge chart

This chart resembles a speedometer gauge and displays a value between 0 and 100%.

Calculating the number of days between two dates

A common type of date calculation determines the number of days between two dates.

A quick way to duplicate all of the custom chart formatting

Creation of a large number of visually consistent charts to represent different data is a time consuming and error prone task, unless you know how to copy formatting between charts. Also Excel 2007 introduced a new ability to create chart templates.

How to select all the embedded charts on the worksheet

If you need to select all objects embedded into the worksheet, e.g. select all charts to adjust their size, press Ctrl+G and click the Special button or use Ctrl to select objects individually.

Protecting spreadsheet elements

Working with large and complex Excel workbooks, especially when entering large amounts of data, no one is protected from accidental changes in formulas, formats and other spreadsheet elements. But you can protect yourself from too much work on finding and eliminating such errors by protecting the individual spreadsheet elements.

Combining text and formatted values

The Excel TEXT function enables you to specify numbers and date format.

Creating Subtotals

Excel's ability to create automatic subtotals is a handy feature that can save you a great deal of time.