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How to Make a Curved Graph in Excel

When you create a line graph in Excel, the lines are angled and have hard edges by default. You can easily change this to a curved graph with nice, smooth lines for a more polished look. We’ll walk you through the proce...

How to Apply Shading to Alternate Rows in Excel

Applying color to alternate rows makes your spreadsheet data easier to read. In Excel, this is quick and simple to apply by formatting your data as a Table. The row shading is then automatically applied to new rows added to t...

How to Calculate Percent Increases in Excel

If you can calculate percentages in Excel, it comes in handy. For example, you might need to calculate the tax on a sale, or the percentage of change in sales from last month to this month. Here’s how you do it!...

How to Create a Combo Chart in Excel

A combo chart in Excel displays two chart types (such as column and line) on the same chart. They are used to show different types of information on a single chart, such as actuals against a target.

How to Switch to Editing Mode in Excel

When opening Excel spreadsheets from unknown sources, a feature in Excel called Protected View shields you from potential risks. This is great, but to work on the document, you will need to switch to editing mode....

How to Enter Zero Before a Number in Excel

When entering numbers into Excel, zeros at the beginning of the number are removed. This can be an issue when entering phone numbers and IDs. In this article, we will cover ways to solve this problem and keep the leading ze...

How to Save Time with Excel Themes

An Excel theme is a collection of colors, fonts, and effects that you can apply to a workbook with a couple of clicks. Themes ensure a consistent and professional look to your reports, and they let you more easily adhere to ...

How to Use VLOOKUP on a Range of Values

VLOOKUP is one of Excel’s most well-known functions. You’ll typically use it to look up exact matches, such as the ID of products or customers, but in this article, we’ll explore how to use VLOOKUP with a ra...
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