Why does Excel’s calculation mode keep changing?

You’re probably already aware that Excel has two main calculation modes: automatic and manual. Automatic calculation – calculates when a value changes or based on specific actions (inserting, deleting, hiding rows/columns, or renaming a worksheet, etc.). Manual calculation – only calculates when explicitly requested by the user: From the ribbon, click Formulas > Calculate Now Read More

Spreadsheet Day 2018

Happy Spreadsheet Day! 17th of October is Spreadsheet Day, the day each year when we celebrate… you guessed it… spreadsheets. VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet application, shipped on 17 October 1979. Originally it was only compatible with the Apple II and cost $99. I don’t know if VisiCalc had formulas and functions. Sometimes I wonder what Read More

Excel Tables – Absolute cell & column references

One of the first things we learn in Excel is the magic of the $ symbol.  It freezes the row or column, so when copying a formula, the cell reference does not change.  With the introduction of Tables came a different (and more semantic) way to reference cells, called structured references.  However, structured references don’t Read More