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Introducing the Concepts of Pivot Tables

by Brilliance Computer Training Academy & Services
What is a Pivot Table? A Pivot Table gives a summary of information. But let me try and explain it as follows. Transaction Description Debit (in R100) Bakery 50 Bakery 10 Juice 7 Dairy 20 Dairy 10 Dairy 30 Meat 10 Meat 30 Tea & Coffee 40 Dry Store 20 Dry Store 50 Fruit & Veg 30 Fruit & Veg 30   If you look at these transactions and I ask you how much was spent on Diary. If you add together 20 + 10 + 30 = 60 (i.e. R6000) you indirectly already know what a pivot table does at […]

Tips and Tricks 5: Excel Shortcuts – Entering the current date and time

by Brilliance Computer Training Academy & Services
  You might want to insert the current date or time in Excel. Two easy shortcuts for this is:  Ctrl + ; is a shortcut key  to enter the current date in a cell. Ctrl + :  or  Ctrl + Shift + ; are shortcut keys to enter the current time in a cell. It should be noted though that once you have entered a date or time, these values are fixed. Should you wish to enter a date or time that will constantly update each time that the Excel file opens or when Excel refreshes calculations, you will then rather want to […]

Tips and Tricks 4: Excel Shortcuts – Cut/Copy/Paste/Undo/Redo and and fast sheet navigation

by Brilliance Computer Training Academy & Services
Copy, Paste, Cut Ctrl + C is a shortcut key to copy; alternatively click on the Home tab, Clipboard, and Copy. Ctrl + V is a shortcut key to paste; alternatively click on the Home tab, Clipboard, and Paste. Ctrl + X is a shortcut key to cut; alternatively click on the Home tab, Clipboard, and Cut. Undo and Redo Ctrl + Z is a shortcut key to Undo the previous key stroke. Ctrl + Y is a shortcut key to Redo or restore the previous Undo. Moving to the next or previous window Ctrl + Tab is a shortcut […]

What if Excel see Dates in your Bank Statements as text? Convert text to dates in under a minute.

by Brilliance Computer Training Academy & Services
I have a bank statement which I download every month as a csv file. The date is given in format 01/12/2015 (or dd/mm/yyy – day/month/year) format. Excel reads this as text.Here is how you convert Text to Date. Select the Column where the dates are listed. Click on the Data tab. In the Data Tools Group, click on Text to Columns button. In the Convert Text to Columns Wizard:Select Data Type as Delimited text. Click Next Selecting the Delimiters: None is necessary since you are working with a single column of data anyway. Click Next Selecting the Column data format […]

Why should I want to take any of the Excel Training Courses?

by Brilliance Computer Training Academy & Services
Why should I want to take any of the Excel Training Courses?   Microsoft Excel is the most widely used spreadsheet program today. It offers a host of features and capabilities of which many users remain unaware. It is seldom that a user without formal training fully utilize all the features of Excel. Below I give reasons for considering some Excel Training Courses and who will benefit from this. I refer here to an Article in MarketWatch written by Jeremy Olshan. He reports that “Close to 90% of spreadsheet documents contain errors…”. Excel can be a dangerous tool to the inexperienced […]