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Accelerate Excel: Deciphering Error Prompts

 Accelerate Excel: Deciphering Error Prompts
CPE Credit

Program Type: Recorded Webinar (Audio, PPT Presentation)
Program Level: Basic
Prerequisites: Previous training or research on subject matter being taught.
Advanced Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based
CPE Credits: Two (2) Hours
Fields of Study: Computer Software & Applications
Item Number: 17PPM0921
Shipping Weight: 0lbs. 0oz.
Price: $110.00
Program Description

Excel spreadsheet users often are stopped in their tracks by error prompts they receive while performing seemingly simple actions. In this illuminating webcast, Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, delves into the intricacies of Excel to explain why error prompts are frequently encountered.

Following are just a few of the issues David discusses that can help you resolve error prompts, including how to:

- Bring Excel’s green error-checking prompts under control.
- Manage macro security prompts.
- Diagnose formula errors.
- Remove certain add-ins that can compromise Excel.
- Track down the ripple effect of errors in Excel spreadsheets.
- Count the number of # sign errors in a worksheet.
- After participating in David’s presentation, you’ll know what actions to take when Excel appears to go awry.

David demonstrates every technique at least twice: first, on a PowerPoint slide with numbered steps, and second, in Excel 2016. He’ll draw to your attention any differences in Excel 2013, 2010, or 2007 during the presentation as well as in his detailed handouts. David also provides an Excel workbook that includes most of the examples he uses during the webcast.

Topics Typically Covered:

- Avoiding wasting time when saving workbooks as .XLS files by dispatching the Compatibility Checker.
- Bringing Excel’s green error-checking prompts under control by managing the underlying rules.
- Comparing IFNA, IFERROR, and ISERROR functions and learning which versions of Excel support these worksheet functions.
- Deciphering and managing Excel’s macro security prompts.
- Diagnosing formula errors, such as #VALUE!, #REF!, #N/A, and more.
- Discovering techniques that automatically provide fallback positions in the event you need to see an earlier version of your spreadsheet.
- Getting a rundown on what the various # sign errors in Excel mean.
- Improving the odds of Excel creating a backup copy of your work so you can recover easily from program crashes.
- Learning how range names can minimize errors, save time in Excel, serve as navigation aids, and store information in hidden locations.
- Learning the risks of linked workbooks, determining if a workbook contains links, and seeing how links can hide within Excel features.
- Learning what steps to take if you can’t open a damaged workbook.
- Learning why Excel is opposed to circular references.
- Mastering the nuances—and the power—of Excel’s Transpose feature.
- Removing memory-consuming add-ins that can compromise Excel.
- Seeing how the Sparkline feature empowers you to create tiny, in-cell charts for showing trends of data.
- Tracking down the ripple effect of errors in spreadsheets with Excel’s Trace Error command.
- Understanding how to launch Excel in Safe Mode to troubleshoot Excel issues.
- Understanding how to manage the Protected View prompt in Excel 2010 and later.
- Understanding why you can’t assign the name “History” to a worksheet tab.
- Using a simple macro to eliminate redundant prompts that appear when you save a file in text or .CSV format.
- Using Excel’s Filter feature to quickly scan a column for # sign errors.
- Using Excel’s Go To Special command to easily select form controls you wish to remove en masse.
- Using the SUMPRODUCT function to count the number of # sign errors in a worksheet.

Learning Objectives

After completing this webinar, attendees will be able to:

- Identify IFNA, IFERROR, and ISERROR functions and learn which versions of Excel support each of them
- Recall how to improve the odds of Excel creating a backup copy of your work so you can recover easily from program crashes
- State why certain features, such as slicers, sparklines, and charts, are disabled in some workbooks

Who Should Attend

Practitioners seeking to use Microsoft Excel more effectively by understanding and mitigating Excel error prompts


David H. Ringstrom, CPA
Mr. David H. Ringstrom, CPA, is an author and nationally recognized instructor who teaches scores of webinars each year. His Excel courses are based on over 25 years of consulting and teaching experience. David’s mantra is “Either you work Excel, or it works you,” so he focuses on what he sees users don’t, but should, know about Microsoft Excel. His goal is to empower you to use Excel more effectively. To learn more about David, you can view his LinkedIn profile and follow him on Facebook or Twitter (@excelwriter).