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Online, he's known as Mr. Excel, but offline, he's better known as Bill Jelen, a real-life Excel expert. Bill has over 18 years of spreadsheet experience. He has been doing Excel consulting since 1998 and it is now his full-time gig.

Bill works with clients all over the world, designing custom Excel applications, solving their Excel emergencies and providing tips and hints that help Excel users get the most out of their spreadsheet applications.

When he first launched MrExcel.com, Bill had no idea it would take off the way it did. When he received his first two questions five days after the site went live, he didn't know the answer to either one! He forced himself to learn Excel from his user's perspective, using the program in ways that were new to him.

By relating to other Excel users rather than programmers, he firmly believes that there are two ways to program every application. There is an easy and a right way. He'd much rather spend the extra time to give his clients the right solutions that save more time over the long haul than give them the easy solutions that will consume more of the clients' time than they should.

About Easy-XL

Easy-XL is a partnership between Bill Jelen of MrExcel.com and InformationActive Inc., a software company based in Ottawa, Canada.

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  • Free Fresh Excel Content For Your Blog or Website
    There is a great discussion at the MrExcel forum about using Excel forums to increase your knowledge of Excel. Board member TinaP summarized it this way: “Books got me started with Excel knowledge, but the forums educated me.”. Most people who use Excel 40 hours a week don’t realize which powerful tools they do not(...)
  • Why Haven’t You Adopted Power Pivot Yet?
    It is late 2014, almost 4 years after PowerPivot reached general availability. This product is a game-changer. It enables people to do dramatically more powerful analyses than regular pivot tables. Yet, when I walk into a room full of 100 people who opted to come to a Power Excel with MrExcel seminar, there are only(...)
  • Make Font Red If It Meets a Condition – Without Conditional Formatting
    Before there was conditional formatting, there was custom number formatting. You can still add a condition to your custom number formats. Select the range of cells. Press Ctrl+1 to open the Format Cells dialog. Select the Number tab. Choose Custom from the bottom of the list. In the Type box, enter a format such as(...)
  • Data Pasted to Excel Starts Splitting at Comma?
              Usually, you grab text from Notepad or Email or a web page, paste to Excel, and it all stays in one column. But…one day, late in the afternoon, the pasted data starts automatically parsing into separate columns!     Here is the deal… I bet you did a Text to(...)
  • Prevent #N/A! in Excel VLOOKUP
    So, you have this nice little =VLOOKUP(A2,$Z$2:$AB$99,3,False) formula. But in order to prevent the #N/A! error when something is not found, you used to have to do the VLOOKUP twice:  =IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(A2,$Z$2:$AB$99,3,False)),”Not Found”,VLOOKUP(A2,$Z$2:$AB$99,3,False)). This is far simpler starting in Excel 2010: Think about it. Let’s assume you are doing 1000 VLOOKUPs. There are 990 that are(...)