New - Click on the Excel 60 TTT link below to download our free workbook containing 60 Excel tips, tricks and techniques

We design and build Excel-based systems for business users covering a wide variety of applications: stock control, project management, financial analysis, management reporting, campaign planning, sales forecasting and many others. If you've got numerical data that you think could be handled more effectively and more efficiently, talk to us. For some clients, we use a combination of Excel and Power BI to build dashboards (see sample above) giving you an immediate visual overview of your business at a point in time.


CMA Spreadsheet Solutions also provides on-site hands-on Microsoft Excel training for businesses in London and Hertfordshire and online one-to-one training via Teams or Zoom to businesses throughout the UK. This is practical training that can immediately be put to use with dramatic increases in productivity. Contact us for full details of our courses or visit our Excel Training page. While people are mostly working from home, we provide an Excel Support package.


60 Excel tips, tricks and techniques
Download our free file to help you get more out of Excel
Excel 60 TTT.xlsx
Microsoft Excel sheet [265.1 KB]

Download this handy one-page guide to Excel's If function, CountIf function and SumIf function:


If Functions CMA SS.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [111.4 KB]

Download this handy one-page guide to Excel's vlookup function:


Lookup Functions CMA SS.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [116.9 KB]

This guide covers some of Excel's more basic function: sum, average, max, min, upper, lower, proper, trim, concatenate, left, right and find:


Basic Functions cma-ss.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [110.2 KB]

If you work in HR or Learning and Development, download the demo version of our Course Management System. It's a macro-driven Excel workbook which enables you to easily set up, implement and manage your company's training programme.


This file contains macros which you will need to enable to get full functionality.
CMS Demo.xlsb
xlsb File [147.3 KB]

Five of the most common spreadsheet mistakes:


1.  Omitting $ signs from formulas when they need to be included - or putting them in the wrong place. A $ in a formula fixes what comes immediately after it, either the row or the column or both, when the formula is copied.


2. Accidentally putting a space after text. Excel will treat a word followed by a space as different from the word on its own - even though they look the same to the user. Use the Trim function to remove unwanted spaces.


3. Getting a "division by zero" error. You can't divide a value by zero or a blank cell. Use the Iferror function to avoid this.


4. Having numbers stored as text. They might look like numbers but Excel won't treat them as such. For a single value you can click on the warning and choose "Convert to Number". For a range of values you can multiply them all by one (use Paste Special, Multiply).


5. Not putting quotation marks round text when used in formulas (but you don't do this when using range names).



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