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An Excel Formula to Avoid a #VALUE! Error

If you’re using Excel, this one may be for you.

In M15, you need a formula that multiplies quantity (in, let’s say,  K15) by price (in, let’s say,  L15), but the price column also contains text entries such as Out of stock.  So the formula K15*L15 is not satisfactory because when you multiply a number by a text value (such as “Out of stock”) you get the #VALUE! error.

You could use an IF function to check for text, but there is a shorter solution.

The N function has a single argument: a value. It returns the value if the value is a number, or 0 if the value is text.

So, in M15, use the formula =K15*N(L15).

Thanks to Able Owl Excel tips for this one.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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LEARN is getting a facelift!

On 10 November 2019 LEARN will be upgraded. A consequence of the upgrade will be a change to how LEARN looks. It will have a cleaner, contemporary interface and an improved experience on mobile devices. In addition, the upgrade will include improved: forum management, messaging interface, and analytics.  All courses and their activities and resources will remain unchanged.

Front Page

Course Page

During 2019 the e-Learning Support team has been finding out what people think of LEARN and working to create the new look and feel based on feedback from staff and students.  There will be a number of opportunities to become familiar with the changes:

If you have any specific feedback about the theme please contact:   e-learning@canterbury.ac.nz

Easily find a phone number

A quick way to find a staff member’s phone number and to call them is to:

1. Create a new email
2. Type their name into the To.. field (and wait for it to underline, or tap Ctrl+K)
3. Right-click their name
4. Click the telephone symbol to call them
or click Open Outlook Properties to see their phone number.

Call a staff member

You may also find this tip helpful:

Simplify your emailing with this quick way to find an email recipient’s name, using Ctrl+K.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Turn an Email into a Calendar Appointment

From time to time you might get an email that you’d like to use to form the basis of a calendar appointment. Usually this would be to remind yourself to do something; or if you need to send a meeting invitation to people, to include all the information that is in the email.

To do this, simply drag the email from your Inbox and drop it onto the Calendar icon, in the lower left corner of the Outlook window.

Outlook calendar icon

A calendar appointment is created, displaying the contents of the email in the body of the appointment. You can then add any other information you’d like to, and even invite others to the appointment (or not, if it is just something you want to put into your own calendar), and save or send it as you would any other appointment.

(Thanks to Rebecca Hurrell for this Tech Tip suggestion, and wording!)


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Start A Fresh Page In Word

You are working on a Word document…
you are part-way down the page…
and for one reason or another you wish to end that page there and start a fresh page.

What do you do? No, do not hit the Return key over and over until the cursor moves onto a new page!! This leaves a whole lot of blank lines that will haunt you later when you make formatting changes and add other things to the document.

Instead, press Ctrl + Enter

Or:
1. Click the Insert tab
2. Click Page Break

This gives you a new blank page, and your cursor moves to that page. This is the correct way to get a new page,  for the reasons  I mentioned above.

Note: If you need to remove a Page Break – and you will sooner or later – switch on Paragraph marks so that you can see the Page Breaks in your document and delete any you need to.
The Show Paragrah marks icon

 


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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