February 8, 2002, Newsletter Issue #71: Microsoft Excel Shortcuts

Tip of the Week

This week`s tip is rather poignant, as I spent five hours this week helping a friend unravel the mysteries of a spreadsheet she had created some years ago.

Like most spreadsheets over a certain age (and I think I`m referring to anything we might have created over a couple of weeks ago), it wasn`t done how she would do it now. This is a painful, but useful tool, which history uses to show us progress while still making us feel inadequate, so don`t be too concerned about this.

Unlike most spreadsheets (and I`m sure this has never happened to you, dear reader) there were areas where she could not remember why she had done it in a certain way at all. The temptation to just replace the calculations in question with something that makes sense now, was overridden by the feeling that she had done it like that for "a very good reason."

After a good few hours we worked it out (oh, how we laughed!) but if we`d paid attention to this week`s tip...

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