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Tips Excel: Customizing The End of Row and Column in Excel August 3, 2010

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Hi Friends, I’m sorry It has been a long time not posting anything in this blog. Last few weeks was a very busy weeks. I need to finish my thesis writing and some works that will be in the deadline shortly. So I can post my new material today. It is the short one, but hopefully useful for us.

Have you ever seen Excel screen below? Which the limits of Row and Column are customized?

It is interesting, isn’t it? Even though this is a not difficult trick, not everyone know it. So in this post I will share how to do it. I hope It will make our Excel view is getting better and more interesting. The steps is quite simple:

  1. To make the Row limit (only until Row 13 in the picture) select Row 14 and then press Ctrl + Shift + down arrow. Row 14 to the end will be selected. After that, right click your mouse on the selected row and choose hide.
  2. To make the Column limit (only until Column E in the picture) select Column F and then press Ctrl + Shift + right arrow. Column F to the end will be selected. After that, right click your mouse on the selected column and choose hide.

It is finished now. It’s simple, isn’t it. Have a nice try. Hopefully useful.

How to Find Average Without Including 0 (zero) or Error Data in Excel March 4, 2010

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Few days ago, a friend of mine asked me how to find an average of a set of data without including 0 (zero) because it will be too small and out of purpose.

You can do it by using array formula. Usually you use =average(A1:A5) to find usual average. But this formula take 0 (zero) into calculation. To exclude 0 (zero) you can use this formula:

=average(if(A1:A5=0,””,A1:A5))

After finishing typing the formula, you can’t just press enter. But you need to press Ctrl+Shift+Enter it the same time because this is array formula. You can also use other function like sum, min, max, stdev, etc.

With the same logic you can use it to handle error data. When there is even one error data (#N/A, #DIV/0!, #REF,etc) in your data set. Any function you use like average, sum, max, min, etc, will result an error (#N/A, #DIV/0!, #REF, etc) as well. To avoid this you can use above tricks with a little change. Use this to find average and handling error:

=average(if(iserror(A1:A5),””,A1:A5)) don’t forget to press Ctrl+Shift+Enter

With that formula, error in the data will be ignored in the calculation.

Hopefully useful.