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#27260 - 07/06/03 10:22 PM Help with excel
EDW Offline
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Do any of you guy's use excel spreadsheets?
I'm having a hard time with it and was wondering if there is any info out there to help learn this program.Just not a computer guy I guess!

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#27261 - 07/06/03 11:51 PM Re: Help with excel
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Throw out some ideas of what you want to do, or areas of difficulty, and I know of at least 4 members who will chime in (5 including myself )

Alternately, try contacting me directly.

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#27262 - 07/07/03 04:56 AM Re: Help with excel
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I have been using spreadsheets since the early 80's (Lotus-123A). Developed literally 100's of them including VBA coding. Like Scott said let us know what you are having trouble with and we can help.

The main thing you want to do when developing a spreadsheet is to test, test, test the results. I can't count how many spreadsheets I have seen where the developer has used wrong formulas and logic!

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#27263 - 07/07/03 09:21 AM Re: Help with excel
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Registered: 11/10/02
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Loc: Delavan WI USA
Sorry about the lack of info.
What I'm trying to do is set up a sheet of commonly used materials and their prices so that I can enter the quantity and have it extened over to a total column.
Example: Column A = Quantity, B= Item
C= Cost D= Unit E= Total. I can't seem to set it up to multiply column A by column C to obtain Column E. I need the formula to repeat on each row since since all the data would be fixed except for the quantity.
Does this make any sense!!!
I really appreciate the help. Ed

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#27264 - 07/07/03 10:24 AM Re: Help with excel
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Registered: 08/23/02
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Loc: Westfield
Pretty straightfoward. Asssuming data starts in row 2. In cell E2 put the formula:
=A2*C2

Then just copy E2 down the E column as far as you want it.

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#27265 - 07/07/03 03:34 PM Re: Help with excel
jdevlin Offline
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Registered: 08/07/02
Posts: 402
Loc: welland ontario canada
Here is an excellent site for help if you can't get it here.
http://www.mrexcel.com/

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#27266 - 07/08/03 04:22 AM Re: Help with excel
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Go to a book supplier. "Excel for Dummies" is available. I should know.

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#27267 - 07/10/03 08:58 PM Re: Help with excel
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Thom's reply is very concise and just what you are looking for.

Jdelvin and Redsy's suggestions are equally good.

Use the Auto Sum function, or enter formulas manually. When you get fluent with spreadsheets, start using premade Macros, or create your own.
After the Macros get mastered, make super tweeked versions using VBA (as Thom mentioned).

When you get fluent with this, you will begin to eat only Pizza and Doritos, wear a pocket protector, complain about how Hollywood "has no clue about machines, machine language, assembly language, anything related to Astrophysics, etc.", your hair will become wild, and you will lose your social life!
just kidding! This only happened to me! (and a few others, too).

Spreadsheets are extremely useful tools - which are able to perform simple things to very complex things.
And like Bjarney said, "Then step into the Database world, and you can run an entire corporation" or something like that ...

Software applications have great potentials ... for the right person(s). If a person is comfortable doing tasks without any computer assistance, there is no reason to change - unless that person is 100% sure they can benifit from a computer's assistance.

The learning curve / initial learning expense can be very large, and last for several weeks - possibly even several months - to use an appication at even a basic level. Just don't get discouraged!
There is a person (one project manager) at work, who has only been using a PC for about 1 year. This person works it very well, and learns a lot from us "well seasoned" users every day, which makes things even easier + productive for that person.
Sice I have been there, have noticed that this person has evolved greatly in "PC Fluency".

Scott35
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#27268 - 07/11/03 10:10 AM Re: Help with excel
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Registered: 11/15/01
Posts: 336
Loc: NM
Also, if you want to see some Excel spreadsheets that might inspire you to build a custom sheet for your own business, check out http://www.eng.clemson.edu/cica/Toolbox/toolbox

They have the following (and many others):
Project Scheduling control sheet or one for Scheduling smaller projects .

Cost Report including owner/customer changes and COs (cost overruns).

Cost to Complete Summary .

Cost Estimate .

And one of my favorite,
Cost/BID comparison .

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