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Creating a simple competition chart

This tip shows how to create simple competition chart using bar chart.

Creating a rainbow thermometer chart

Creating a thermometer chart you are not limited to a single color bar. Instead you can specify different colors for different value intervals. This tip shows you how to create a rainbow thermometer chart. E.g., working on some goal you can specify risk zones for it: red zone - risk of the fail is high, yellow zone - success/fail is unknown, green zone - success is not far enough.

Creating a semaphore thermometer chart

Data visualization is a key cognitive tool that enables you to attract more attention to your statements. E.g., you can direct your organization attention to insufficiently developed goals and praise them for successfully performed goals. This tip shows you how to update thermometer char colors automatically according to the current process status.

The best way to organize your workbook using hyperlinks

For some workbooks with big number of sheets or to highlighting some important data, it is necessary to create hyperlinks to another cell in the same spreadsheet.

Copy and paste only nonblank cells

Unfortunately, when you try to paste a series of cells with blank cells, Paste special with Skip blanks option doesn't seem to work.

Unmerging all merged cells

Here's a quick way to unmerge all merged cells in a worksheet:

Quick way to select all cells

This tip will help you to select all cells in the worksheet in one click.

How to turn on/off the Quick Analysis Feature

When you select a range of data, Excel displays a Quick Analysis button in the lower-right corner of the range. But this option can be turned off.

How to change default chart

When Excel is installed, the default chart is a 2-D Column chart but you can easily change the default chart type.

Displaying conditional colors in a column chart

To emphasize differences between data in the chart it will be interesting to create a column chart in which the color of each column depends on the value displayed.