I'm giving away 4 copies of Bill Jelen's newest book, MrExcel XL: The 40 Greatest Excel Tips of All Time.

Note: The contest is now over, but checkout my review of this great book below.  There is also a video at the end of the page with a tutorial on the winning tips.

Win a Copy of the Mr Excel 40 Greatest Tips Book

My Review of this Awesome New Book

Not all Excel books are created equal.  My friend Bill Jelen (aka Mr. Excel) released a new book last month titled, MrExcel XL: The 40 Greatest Excel Tips of All Time.

This is Bill's 40th Excel book, and I have to say it is probably my favorite Excel book of all time.

MrExcel XL The 40 Greatest Excel Tips of All Time - Book Cover

This book is not only packed with Excel tips and tricks, it is also very entertaining and sure to provide some laughs.

Bill has put together the 40 Greatest Excel Tips Of All Time for this book, and it is packed with awesome time saving tips and techniques.  If you have ever been to one of Bill's live seminars or read one of his other 39 books, then you've probably found yourself saying, “Wow!  I never knew Excel could do that!”  This new book is no exception.

Mr Excel 40 Greatest Tips of All Time - Sample Pages

The image above is an example of one of the tutorials in this book.  I'm a visual learner and really appreciate all the screenshots.

30 Additional Excel Tutorials

Szilvia Juhasz (my friend and co-host of Excel TV) co-authored this book with Bill and added 30 additional Excel tips and tricks.  This was in honor of Excel's 30th birthday this year, and this section of the book is packed with some fantastic tips.

Szilvia was also kind enough to mention my name in reference to my explanation of VLOOKUP with the Starbucks menu.  Checkout page 194 for that one.  Thank you Szilvia! 🙂

Mr Excel 40 Greatest Tips of All Time - VLOOKUP Example

So that's 70 Excel tips and tutorials that are clearly explained with nice screenshots and images, all on glossy pages.  It's an awesome book and I have picked up some great tips from it.  No matter how long you have been using Excel, there is always something new to learn.

Have You Ever Had an Excel Cocktail?

But it doesn't stop there.  This book is not only a great learning reference, it is also very entertaining.

Part 3 of the book includes Szilvia's new book called, The Excel Lover's Guide to Cocktails.

The Excel Lover's Guide to Cocktails - Mr Excel Book

This is an Excel inspired cocktail recipe book.  You will learn how to make some great drinks like the Power Pivotini (think Martini), Stacked Column Shot, Ctrl+B (think Bloody Mary), Broken Link (think Old Fashion), and many more.

The cocktail book is included as a section inside the book and contains some great pictures of each drink.

The Excel Lover's Guide to Cocktails - Sample Pages

These would be a lot of fun to make for any office party, and I advise consuming after you have finished working with Excel for the day. 🙂

Get Ready to Laugh!

After you make yourself an Excel cocktail you can flip through part 4 of the book – Excel Fun.

Mr Excel 40 Greatest Tips of All Time - Excel Jokes

This last section of the book includes an Excel Joke Book by Jordan Goldmeier, a collection of hilarious Excel Tweets collected by Debra Dalgleish, Excel Art by the Frankens Team, and a collection of True and Almost True Stories from Mr. Excel himself.

If you work with Excel a lot then you have experienced your fair share of ups and downs.  Happy dances when things go right, and head pounding frustration when things break.  This section of the book makes light of a lot of those challenges, and let's you know that you are not alone… 🙂

The inside back cover also includes the Periodic Table of Excel Keyboard Shortcuts by Mike Alexander.  I love keyboard shortcuts and this is a really cool visual reference using the periodic table.

There is a ton of content packed into this 277 page book.  I love to just flip through it and learn something new every time I pick it up.  All the pages are glossy and you can tell that a lot of work went into the artwork and images.  It's a great book to keep on your desk, or to give as a gift to your favorite Excel geek.

Win a Free Copy of the Book

To help spread the word about this awesome book, I am going to give away 4 free copies!

Win a Copy of the Mr Excel 40 Greatest Tips Book

This will be the printed version of the the book.  You can check it out here on Amazon or The Mr Excel Bookstore.

I will hold a drawing and to pick the winners at random.

I want to make it as easy as possible for you to enter the drawing.  So, all you need to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post with your favorite Excel tip.

This could be something as simple as your favorite keyboard shortcut or formula.  One of my favorites is the Alt+; keyboard shortcut to select visible cells.

Add a sentence or two to describe what your shortcut or tip does, so others can learn from it.  And don't worry about it being the most amazing tip ever, just something simple that saves you time.

Winners Announced!

I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone that participated in this contest.  There were over 350 unique comments, and a lot of great tips that we can all learn from.

Here are a list of the winners I picked at random.  I accidentally picked 6, instead of 4, so we have two extra winners.  Congratulations!

  • Lynne – Ctrl+. (period) to move around selected range.
  • Rajendra – Use Pivot Tables for working with numbers – Report Filter Pages
  • Tom Crouch – Excel Tables and Ctrl+T
  • Diane Smith – Double Clicking the Format Painter
  • Matthew – F2 to Edit Text or Formula in active cell
  • Debra Holcomb – Ctrl+; (semicolon) to enter today's date

Video of the 6 Winning Tips

I also put together a tutorial video of the 6 winning tips listed above.

I will be adding more videos and tutorials on the tips you posted in the future.  Feel free to read through the comments below, and see how many of the tips you already know. 🙂

Thanks again!


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  • For charting, to copy formatting. Copy, paste special, formats. Saves so much time to not have to reformat each chart built.

  • I have learned so many awesome tips, but one of my favourites is using the autofioter>search on a column of a large spreadsheet when autofilter is turned on.

    • Data Validation what a learning experience. Best of, from a known user from Mr Excel. Amazing site and learning curve from these postings.

    CTRL+arrow key

    Keyboard shortcuts to move quickly across a table

    CTRL+SHIFT+arrow key

    Selecting cells quickly across a table

  • I like converting data into tables prior to establishing the pivot table. Enables higher levels of control for the source data and simplifies the selection of data input for the pivot table.

  • I’m a fan of the function keys so I love Alt + F5 (Refresh) and
    Ctrl + A (selects whole range). These are huge time savers.

  • When I’ll need multiple chart views from a pivot table for a hard copy report, (yes, some people still require them) I copy and paste the pivot table and drag and drop the row items from my field list. There’s no reformatting of the column or value fields. Keeping it all on one worksheet makes it easy to relocate the exact data source.

  • I have to make a paper job-sheet logs for field techs, and have a lot of info to cram in, and still leave space for them to comment.

    Concatenate(info 1,” [alt+enter] ”
    , info 2)

    by pressing alt+enter in the formula it will (should!) make double lines (may need to format to “wrap text”). hide columns that had the info

    • Great tip!
      I have read most of the comments and your tip is probably the only one I didn’t know before. So cool! I used to do the same thing with the CHAR(10) function 🙂

  • Hi JON,
    You simplify things so they stick in my mind.
    I’ve shared your site with an office mate and we teach each other the shortcuts we learn.
    Thank You for saving me time and making me job more enjoyable.


  • Most time saving for me is have a Customized Quick Access Toolbar. This allows those Excel commands I use the most often to be readily available. I keep an Excel Workbook with the list of functions, so I get a new computer or and upgrade, I first thing this the Quick Access Toolbar ready to use. (For example, I can pop into VBA with click on button, rather than having to hit Alt-F11)

  • Ctrl+Enter to 1) stay in the same cell I’m editing, and 2) to enter the same thing into a bunch of cells all at once. When I learned this trick a couple years ago I just had to do a happy dance, and even today, every time I use it my heart flutters with joy!

  • for large workbooks with alot of tabs, using open new window and view side by side to view multiple tabs in the same workbook and switch between them

  • my favorite tip is filling in blanks in a column.
    Click Home > Find & Select > Go To Special…, and a Go To Special dialog box will appear, then check Blanks option. Click OK, and all of the blank cells have been selected. Then input the formula “=A2” into active cell A3 without changing the selection. Then Ctrl + Enter.

  • I must love the varying function manipulations. Let’s not forget the advanced pivot uses. Has helped me a great deal with manipulation of the data I need to evaluate at any given time.

  • I’d have to say my favorite tip has been the customizing of the QAT bar – now if I could just convince Excel to let me load a different Quick Access Toolbar for each type of file I’m working in, I’d be in heaven.

    As a work around to that – I’ve built three different custom tabs in the ribbon – and I just select the one I need for the type of file I’m working in.

  • F2 to edit the existing text in a cell…nice keyboard stroke so you don’t have to double click into the cell or into the formula bar

  • Using a startup file with pictures and hyperlinks to my most used files, programs, web pages. I’ts cleaner than my desktop and easily organized.

  • There are so many but I like Cntl ~ to see all formulas. I also like double clicking format painter to keep the format painter active for use in multiple cells.

  • I love the tip for selecting all visible cells. Not only the shortcut, (I’m the shortcut queen) but the tip itself. This is how I found this awesome blog and signed up for the newsletter.

  • Ctrl+` to show all the formulas in the active sheet.
    It’s awesome when you don’t have a well formatted table from someone.

  • I always save a lot of time when I try to mark large ranges in a worksheet if I use instead of the mouse the keyboard short cuts

    Ctrl+Shift+Right Arrow – to mark the row to the right from the selected cell
    Ctrl+Shift+Down Arrow – to mark the column down from the selected cell
    Ctrl+”*” – to mark the range around the selected cell

    But the best invention since Pivot Tables is the introduction of Power Query to me!

  • If someone is using slicer you can connect more graphs with just a one slicer.
    Right click on slicer (report connection) and you have it. Simply

  • Always put comments lines into your VBA code, to explain each step.
    It makes it so much easier for others to follow, and the real bonus is, you can follow your own thinking process, months (or years) later.

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