Quick Steps to Make Effective Data Visualisations

This is an example of the default settings for a bar chart in Excel. This is functional but could be far more effective; here are my main steps I use to create quick, effective data visualisations. Remove chart borders. Show data in a useful order (alphabetically, or ranked, or some other important order). Keep gridlines … Continue reading Quick Steps to Make Effective Data Visualisations

HOW TO… Excel: Create a hierarchical series of drop down boxes

As a result of prodding around the excel subreddit I found a query from user innocuous_gorilla about creating drop downs that are dependent upon each other. Due to working at NHS England where we have a massive array of organisation types and hierarchies, I quickly learnt how to do this! For example, in NHS England … Continue reading HOW TO… Excel: Create a hierarchical series of drop down boxes

HOW TO… VBA: Compare VBA Combo Box Values with Their Lists

Preamble So, a recent issue I’ve had using VBA to create UserForms to handle data input is data validation. Throughout my UserForm I’ve included a variety of Combo Boxes that contain lists of information the user can select. In most instances I would like the user to have inputted exactly one of the options within … Continue reading HOW TO… VBA: Compare VBA Combo Box Values with Their Lists

HOW TO… Excel: Create a Dynamic Data Range for a Chart

Continuing the theme of automatically updating charts, we’re going to look at how to make a chart deal with a dynamically changing data range. This is useful for situations where you have multiple measures that each have a different number of independent variables (the variables plotted on our x-axis, which was the month of the … Continue reading HOW TO… Excel: Create a Dynamic Data Range for a Chart

HOW TO… Excel: A Truly Non-Volatile Solution for Dynamic Data Tables

This is a follow-up to the last tutorial. Thanks to reddit user /u/small_trunks for noticing my blunder! Unfortunately, 'SUMIFS' couldn't be used on its own to create the dynamic data tables. But don't fret! I have another solution up my sleeve that doesn't rely on volatile functions like 'INDIRECT' and 'OFFSET'! It relies entirely on … Continue reading HOW TO… Excel: A Truly Non-Volatile Solution for Dynamic Data Tables