Archive for March, 2014

Reader Question: Nested If Condition

Excel function tutorials

One of the more recent questions that I got on the blog was the following:

I need some help.
I want to use an if statement for the following:
Quantity (d1)
Pk Qty (E1)
Total (F1)

Formala Help to be entered in F1:
If pk qty = 0, then enter the value for d1 in F1, If Pk quantity is>0, then return D1*E1 unless UOM =FT, then enter D1

Let’s try ot resolve this one step at a time

First off, because I’m visual, I’ll put this into a spreadsheet:

Then, step by step:

“If pk qty = 0, then enter the value for d1 in F1″


For the second part:

If Pk quantity is>0, then return D1*E1 unless UOM =FT, then enter D1


Then, I can simply enter the 2nd part into the first formula:

The end result?


Once again, the key is doing this one step at a time, it’s that easy:)

Transforming Addresses Into Label Formats With Excel

Excel macros, Excel spreadsheets (.xls)

Today, a reader sent me a list of 400 addresses that were all entered in a format like this one:

P.S: I am not publishing the actual file for privacy purposes and don’t feel like writing down 400 fake ones:)

Her hope was to transform the addresses into what you’d use on a label such as:

I thought this would be a good VBA practice. So what I wanted to do was use a “loop” function to go through each line and for each one, write down the label over 4 lines. How did I manage? Here is the code I used:

And the end result? Simple enough? You bet

Google Spreadsheets Moves Closer To Microsoft Excel Capabilities

Google Cloud Spreadsheets

Last week, after publishing my most recent post about Google spreadsheet, I received 5 emails within a few hours from readers that are increasingly using Google docs. I asked them why? Not surprisingly, they said it was mostly the ability to have multiple users at once as well as the free cost. For years, the main drawbacks for Google spreadsheets (when comparing with Excel) has been the lack of advanced functions, macros, etc.

Things Are Changing Quickly

Over the past few months, I’ve published posts about getting financial data into the spreadsheets through the Google finance function, one of many “custom” functions.

Then last week I discussed the use of scripts to build “vba-like” functions

Today, I wanted to discuss some of the changes in the new version of Google spreadsheets that is being rolled out:

-Offline working: This is GREAT. Yes, I love working online and will always do so when possible. But the ability to work on my docs when offline is a major benefit. Yes, you need to use Chrome as your browser but that is what I always use anyway.
-Improved Formula Editing: This makes it easier to work with functions in a similar way to what Excel offers
-New Functions: They added functions such as “Sumif”, “Countif”, “AverageIf”… ring any bells?
-Filter views: I will need to experiment with this but it does look promising

Many other things were improved/upgraded and added.

Clearly, Google Spreadsheets always was an alternative to Excel but as time goes by, it’s clearer that the spreadsheets are quickly catching up to MS Excel. It’s still lacking many different functions but the gap is shrinking.

If you are not yet using Google Docs, I’d love to hear why, and if you are, could you imagine moving away from Excel at some point? I’m far from that point but I would say that I spend as much time in Google spreadsheets as I do in Excel now…!