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Once you get used to using Excel, you can find that using the mouse to select data in your spreadsheet is somewhat slow and time consuming. Here's a quick technique for selecting a range of cells in Excel.

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 If you have an ecommerce website, you can enable ecommerce tracking in Google Analytics. This gives you detailed (but aggregate) information about sales you make through your online store. Once you have that, you can then track back and examine the analytics data for visits with sales vs visits without sales.

There are two steps to enabling ecommerce tracking in Google Analytics.

COUNTBLANK allows you to count the number of empty or blank cells in a range in Excel. This lesson shows you how to use COUNTBLANK, and also shares a couple of things to watch out for when you use COUNTBLANK in an Excel formula.

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This lesson shows you a way to calculate the number of times a single character occurs in a cell in Excel, and provides a real-life example where I needed to split a column of cells containing part numbers into individual components for each part number.

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In this lesson, we look at a specific example where you have a table of sales data, and you need to find out the name of the person who had the highest sales for the month. It's one of those things that seems like it should be easy until you actually try to do it. The solutions we present here are not the only way of achieving this, but the do have the advantage of solving the problem with a single formula. The methods here could also be used for a variety of other applications as well.

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One of the last keyboard shortcuts I mastered in Excel was moving between worksheets. Fortunately it's easy, and you don't need to wait as long as I did.

If you are using Google Adwords to drive traffic to your site, you absolutely should link your Google Adwords account with your Google Analytics account. If you don't, you are missing out on a lot of important analytics data, as well the opportunity to truly measure the ROI on your Google Adwords campaigns.

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When printing in Excel, it is sometimes useful to print a set of rows (e.g. column headings) on each page in the print out. There is nothing worse than having a printout that runs to multiple pages, with the column headings only printed on the first page. This lesson shows you how to get header rows printing at the top of every page in Microsoft Excel 2011 for Mac. You will also learn how to print header columns on the left of every page in your printout.

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This lesson shows you how to group data in your pivot table by date. You can group by day, week, month, quarter or year. If your date fields include a time value, you can also group by seconds, minutes or hours. You'll also learn how to collapse and expand data groups in your pivot table so you can quickly see a summary of your data.

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If you have a spreadsheet with time values that have been added to the spreadsheet as text values, you need the TIMEVALUE function. This will allow you to convert the text values into valid time values. A common scenario where this might be useful is when you've been provided data to import into Excel, and the times in the imported data are not recognised by Excel as valid times.

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