Power BI Custom Visuals - Using Text to Generate a Word Cloud

Power BI Custom Visuals – Using Text to Generate a Word Cloud

I have been asked a number of time how I created the word cloud in the Power BI Facebook analysis report shown in a previous video. So I thought it deserved a post on it’s own.  I tend to focus more on numerical data, so it is a nice change to show you how you can […]

Excels Rank Functions

Using Excels Rank functions

Excels Rank functions have evolved over time, and give you the ability to ranks values in a list or column based on their value compared to other values in the same list or column.In Excel 2007 and previous versions, the function you would use to rank value is Rank and the syntax is:=RANK(Number, Ref, [Order])Where:Number […]

Excel pimped with power

Excel Pimped with Power Tools

Excel is one of those tools that you just can’t live without.  It is used to store information, run calculations, carry out analysis, prepare report, visualizations and much more.  What’s just as important is the flexibility it gives to its +750 millions of users.This flexibility allows users create their own calculations and analysis, in a […]

How to use SUMIF and SUMIFS in Excel

The SUM function in Excel is probably the most widely used function available.  In fact it is the only formula that has its own keyboard shortcut (Alt & =).  Therefore it should come as no surprise that this basic mathematical function has more powerful cousins available in Excel.  These functions are know as SUMIF and […]

Excel Power Trick – How to Combine a Folder of CSV Files

I previously published an article and video ‘Excel Power Trick – Save time without VBA’ which seems to have been very popular.  In this video we looked at using Power Query to get data from Excel sheets, format that data and then save the query for future use.  It’s amazing how much time you can […]

forecasting in Power BI

Forecasting in Power BI

Forecasting in Power BI will allow you take a time series of data and make predictions or estimates about the future.  The forecasting tool is available in the analytics pane on Line charts.  At the moment it is only available in single value line charts.  And it is only available in Power BI Desktop and not services […]

paste special in Excel

Paste Special in Excel

Paste in Excel is one of the most commonly used functions.  You do it, I do it, everyone using excel will paste something during the day.  But did you know that Excel has a paste special option? An options that allows you paste data and formats in multiple ways!  From Transpose to pasting as an […]

DAX SUM and SUMX functions

DAX for Power BI and Power Pivot – SUM and SUMX Functions

The role of both the SUM and SUMX functions in DAX are to add numerical data together.  Yet both these functions are rather different.Lets talk about the SUM function first.  The SUM function is simple.  It takes a column of data and adds the values to give a total.  The syntax is SUM().  It works like the […]

Print Options in Excel

Fine Tune your Workbook with Print Options in Excel

There is nothing worse than receiving an Excel workbook that looks the part, but then when you print it, tables and charts are split onto different pages. Do people know there are print options available in excel? This problem is a common spreadsheet problem.  People fail to use the page layout options and page set up […]

DAX Divide Function

DAX for Power BI and Power Pivot – DAX Divide Function

When you are working in Excel it is relatively easy to divide two numbers. You take the value from one cell, and divide it by the value or the in another cell.  For Example =B3/B2.  Divide is a basic mathematical operator. In Excel if you try to divide a value by zero you will get the error […]