Welcome to Excel Sparkle, an informal, online Microsoft Excel skills development programme. While you won't get CPD points for following these articles, you will probably be able to impress your colleagues and your boss with some of the skills that you may learn here.
What's new on the menu? Quite a bit actually, with the new Excel ribbon based interface for a start.
The old menu driven interface for the addin has been replaced with the user friendly Office style ribbon interface.
This function is used to convert a numerical value into its equivalent textual representation, e.g. 123 becomes One Hundred and Twenty Three. Used in the format of =textamount(value[,"MajorCurrency"][,"MinorCurrency"]) where:
Items under the Special Characters menu are used to insert special characters.
Items under the Numeric Functions menu are used to manipulate values or formulae.
Items under the Text Functions menu are used to manipulate text.
March 2015 update: The menu style interface has been superseded by the Office style ribbon interface. See this article for more information.
While earlier versions of Microsoft Excel allowed a developer to add their own menu to the menu bar relatively easily, the newer versions have thrown a bit of a spanner in the works when it comes to creating custom menus. It does not surprise me then that users often ask "where do I find Ian's Excel Addin after I have installed it? Fortunately, the answer to that is relatively simple.
This is the online user manual for Ian's Excel Addin. This will be a work in progress for the foreseeable future.
Over the years working as a Quantity Surveyor, I discovered that Microsoft Excel, while a wonderful tool, lacked certain functions. In order to overcome these shortcomings, I developed custom procedures and functions to enhance my Excel experience and productivity. Instead of keeping these tools to myself, I have decided to share them with anyone who is interested in trying them out. Your feedback on the addin will be appreciated and will assist in the further development of this product.