Sunday, December 26, 2010

Shortcut to AutoFilter

One of the most frequently used feature of Excel is the autofilter. Most power users tend to use Alt+D-F-F for turning the filter on. Excel gives a shortcut for this... "Shift+Ctrl+L".

Shift+Ctrl+L provides the ease of applying or removing filter.

This is applicable for 2003 version onwards.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

"CountIF" or "SumIF" with an extra "S" makes the difference...

Most of the users are very used to formula like "COUNTIF"or "SUMIF"... Excel offers "S" factor adding spice to these handy formulas... 

Sumif: usual syntax is =Sumif(criteria range, criteria, sum range) where you want to sum a given range of cells based on a condition in another range of cells. "Sumifs" acts one step further.

The syntax is =Sumifs(Sum range, Criteria range1, criteria1, Criteria range2, criteria2...) and go on to add upto 9 criteria. This is handy when we need to sum a range based on more than one criteria.

Similarly, we are quite used to "Countif" formula while counting a given range based on a filter criteria. Just like sumifs, countifs offers the same operation with multiple criteria filtration. Countif syntax: =Countif(Count range, Criteria). The countifs syntax gets changed to =countifs(Criteria range1, criteria1, criteria range2, criteria2....). This too works upto 9 criteria.

Excel really makes life simpler.... Isn't it??