Excel with Excel: Tips to time save in Microsoft Excel

It’s that time again, when the Marketing Works world gets busy, busy, busy, with client accounts. I never know when it’s coming, but all of a sudden I’ve got a to-do list longer than my Christmas list as an 8-year-old. While there are a lot of things I do to keep a handle on project management, sometimes it’s the small things that really make a difference. Here are two quick tricks that keep me productive when working in Microsoft Excel.

Quick Calculations

Depending on your level of proficiency in Excel, you may or may not know how  to use it to its equation advantage. This trick requires no equation knowledge, just a quick tutorial. If you have a column or row of numbers, simply highlighting the group will provide you with some quick calculations. In the bottom right corner of the worksheet, Excel will automatically calculate the sum and average of the numbers, along with the number of cells you have highlighted.

Quick Calculation

Text to Column

This is perhaps one of the most time-saving tricks that I have in my back pocket. Very frequently we’ll receive lists from clients with data that is formatted very inconveniently. For example, we might receive a list for a direct mail campaign where all the contact information is saved in one column. With a 1000+ list, this could be a daunting task to separate all the information into separate columns. With Excel’s “Text to Column” feature, you can select information in a column and tell Excel to separate it for you. Just tell Excel what your information is separated by (a space, tab, comma or other) and it will do the work for you!

Text to Column example

Excel is a great program that offers many shortcuts and time savers. Most of my knowledge is self-taught and I urge you to explore the program more and see what it can offer to you.

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