Formatting is an overlooked skill when it comes to Excel. It is essential for communicating results clearly and powerfully.
By Carlo Pandian
Most Excel users would probably agree that the program is a godsend when it comes to creating spreadsheets, yet the results can often be boring to look at. Thankfully, Excel also provides the tools to make your spreadsheets look polished, professional, and pleasing to the eye. Chris Littlewood is Strategy & Research Director at Filtered, an online learning platform for Excel, and he says that “formatting is an overlooked skill when it comes to Excel. This is a shame because it’s essential not only to communicating results clearly and powerfully, but also to reducing the risk of error. Consistent and meaningful formatting makes formulas more comprehensible and bugs more apparent
Templates help you work more productively and confidentially. Unfortunately, they’re a bit of a mystery to most users. If you’re working on your own and you find yourself making the same changes to every document, learn how to create, alter, and apply templates. If you’re supporting users, make sure they know how to use templates appropriately so they’re getting the most of Word’s template feature.
Over the years, I’ve noticed users making the same mistakes with Word templates. Here are the three most common.
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