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Friday, March 27, 2015

Visualize! Use Conditional Formatting's Icon Sets

Today with all the online presentations be it YouTube, Webinars or just an in-house presentation, visual impact has become a lot more important. People only used to just be concerned about colors and images when making PowerPoint slides but in today's environment  you need to consider it for spreadsheets as well.

Conditional formatting is a great feature in itself but today I wanted to focus on  icon sets as some people are not familiar with them or how they work. I am skipping the basics of the icon sets because if you select cells and apply an icon set, the  display is based upon percentages which I personally don't care for. Instead we are going to skip to the more advanced section where everything is a bit more black and white (so to speak)

Since everyone knows my love of lattes and chai, we will use a product line of coffees and teas. We want to emphasize the product lines that are are under budget in terms of their  unit sales. Which spreadsheet would you want to look at? Which has immediate impact? Which quickly identifies the problem products?

Hopefully, you guessed the bottom spreadsheet! To see how to do this, click on this link. and make sure to grab a cup of coffee before you start!

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