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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.


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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.


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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!)


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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

 


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When Excel Menu Icons Are Greyed Out

When you’re using Excel, do you ever find that the Ribbon and menu icons are inexplicably greyed out?

This can happen if you are in edit-mode in a cell (the cursor is blinking in a cell, waiting for you to enter something), or you have a dialog box open. It can also happen when you minimise an Excel workbook, then open a different one: if you were editing a cell in the first workbook (or have a dialog box open), you won’t be able to insert or edit anything in the second.

The solution is easy: hit the Esc key on the upper left corner of your keyboard.

Thanks to Able Owl 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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