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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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The IF statement is a simple function in Excel that is one of the building blocks you need when you are working with large spreadsheets. You may not know you need it yet, but once you know how to use it, you won't want to live without it.

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If you want to combine text with the results of a formula in a cell, you can use concatenation. Suppose you have calculated the total of a range of cells using a formula in cell D2. Now, you want to have cell A2 display the text "Today's sales are $12,000", where $12,000 is the value calculated in D2. As the value in D2 changes, you want the value in A2 to update automatically.

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This lesson shows you how to calculate a running total between two dates in a column of data. An example might be calculating the total sales for the last 30 days up to today. Each row in the spreadsheet will calculate a new total based on the date in that row, counting back a specified number of days.

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Mailchimp is a hugely popular email marketing platform, and for good reason. It's easy to use, and is free if your list is under 2000 subscribers. Yet a lot of people aren't using it effectively. Here are three things you might be doing wrong.

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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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This lesson shows you how to use Conditional Formatting in Excel to format cells containing dates that are in the past, using a conditional formatting rule that compares the date in a cell with today's date, and formats it a different colour if it is in the past. We'll also extend this conditional formatting example to check the value of another cell as part of our criteria for applying the formatting.

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Autofilter is one of the most powerful features of Excel if you need to work with data in tabulated (table) format. It lets you treat a range of cells as a table and then filter out certain rows based on different criteria. It is very powerful if you need to "mine" data in a list and find out specific information about the data in that list. This tutorial covers how to set up a data table in Excel to use with Autofilter, and also shows you how to enable Autofilter and use it for basic filtering. This lesson is applicable for all versions of Excel (including Excel for Mac) although the visual presentation of the options may change from version to version.

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Tables in Microsoft Word are great, but the default settings for tables are sometimes not what you want. In particular, Word will break rows with a lot of text across two pages if it needs to. If you'd rather have Word break tables up between pages so that each row is kept intact and not split across two pages, this lesson will show you how to do it. This lesson covers Microsoft Word 2007, 2010 and 2013 for Windows, and Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac.

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This lesson shows you a formula to convert a month name into its corresponding number (i.e. Jan = 1, Feb =2, etc).

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