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Tips on Reducing Mistakes in Excel® Spreadsheets

Date: Wednesday. March 20, 2019
Time: 1:00 - 2:40 pm EST

Sponsored by Lorman Education Services

Registration - Live Webinar Only: $219.00

Registration - Live Webinar Plus CD Recording: $288.00


Avoid errors, potential data entry mistakes and rectify incorrect data with some easy to use techniques and commands.

Many Excel® users set up their own worksheets and, although they might be frequent users of this powerful software, overlook more efficient ways of using validation controls to ensure the accuracy of their data collection efforts. If they are getting their data from other sources, they might not always like the way the incoming data is structured and formatted and they need quick ways to get that data into the shape most useful to them.

This topic helps Excel® users in two major ways: 1) reduce the potential mistakes created during data creation by establishing validation controls that can limit the scope of data, provide pick lists with drop arrows, and ensure that certain fields contain unique entries; 2) use various Excel® commands and techniques to restructure data, reformat data displays, and rectify incorrect data.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will be able to explain how to use text functions to extract data from long entries.
  • You will be able to describe and guarantee that all entries within a list are unique.
  • You will be able to discuss how to get rid of problematic extra spaces that prevent efficient data matching.
  • You will be able to review how to manage leading zeroes in zip, numerical, and text codes.
This Live Webinar Covers These Hot Issues:

Using Excel® Commands to Control Data Input

• Require That Numerical Data Entered Falls Within Specified Limits
• Provide Pick Lists to Accelerate Data Entry Chores and Ensure Accuracy
• Guarantee That All Entries Within a List Are Unique
• Manage Leading Zeroes in Zip, Numerical and Text Codes

Adjusting Data Layout

• Move and Insert Rows and Columns of Data With a Simple Drag
• Quickly Convert Row-Column Layouts Into Column-Row Layouts
• Split Improperly Grouped Data (Like City, State, Zip in the Same Column) Into Separate Columns
• Convert Data With Trailing Minuses to Negative Entries
• Combine Data From Different Columns via Concatenation

Changing Data Content

• Use Text Functions to Extract Data From Long Entries
• Get Rid of Problematic Extra Spaces That Prevent Efficient Data Matching
• Adjust All Uppercase Text so That Just First Characters Are Capitalized

Credit Information (Sponsored by Lorman Education Services):

  • CPE
  • AIPB
  • IAPP

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Only registered attendee will receive continuing education credit.


Dennis Taylor, Taylor Associates

  • Founder of Taylor Associates
  • More than 20 years of experience working with Excel®
  • Taught thousands of classes and seminars throughout the United States and Canada
  • Presented more than 700 Excel® webinars and is the author or co-author of six books on spreadsheet software

(Not available outside the US)