Interpreting and Resolving Excel Error Prompts

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11 am PT / 12 pm MT / 1 pm CT / 2 pm ET
*approximate length: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Presenter: David Ringstrom, CPA

Excel spreadsheet users often are stopped in their tracks by inscrutable error prompts that arise from seemingly simple actions. In this unique session, author and Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, digs into the dark corners of Excel to give you the how and why behind many of Excel's error prompts. David will cover errors caused by both Excel features and worksheet functions. You'll see how to manage or sometimes eliminate certain prompts, and David will provide some disaster prevention tips that can help you avoid unexpected issues in your spreadsheets.

David is the author of “Exploring Microsoft Excel's Hidden Treasures: Turbocharge your Excel proficiency with expert tips, automation techniques, and overlooked features”. He demonstrates every technique at least twice: first, on a PowerPoint slide with numbered steps, and second, in the subscription-based Excel for Microsoft 365. David draws your attention to any differences in Excel 2021, 2019 or 2016 during the presentation and in his detailed handouts. The handouts include an Excel workbook with most of the examples he uses during his demonstrations.

Excel for Microsoft 365 is a subscription-based product that receives periodic feature updates. Conversely, perpetually licensed versions have year numbers in their names and do not receive any feature updates.

Who should attend:

  • Professionals seeking to use Microsoft Excel more effectively.
  • Topics typically covered:
  • Learning the nuances of circular references in Excel
  • Displaying subsets of data dynamically by way of the new FILTER worksheet function
  • Using the Compatibility Checker feature to check for worksheet functions that are not backwards compatible with earlier versions of Excel
  • Troubleshooting the #SPILL! error that can arise in certain circumstances dynamic array formulas in Excel 2021 and Microsoft 365
  • Utilizing the Error Checking command to locate cells that contain errors within a worksheet
  • Learning what steps to take if you can’t open a damaged workbook
  • Identifying the various # sign errors Excel formulas can return
  • Eliminating the frustrating ""We can't do that do a merged cell"" error prompt
  • Improving the stability of Excel by deleting accumulations of temporary files in Windows
  • Diagnosing the new #CALC error that can arise within improperly crafted dynamic array formulas
  • Discovering new worksheet functions available in Excel 2016 and later
  • Mastering the IFERROR function to display alternate values in lieu of a # sign error

Learning objectives:

  • Recall the location of the menu command that allows you to determine categorically if a workbook contains links or not
  • State which error prompt identifies an improperly crafted dynamic array function
  • State the location of the Enable Iterative Calculations setting within the Excel Options dialog box

Level: Intermediate

David H. Ringstrom, CPA, is an author and nationally recognized instructor who teaches scores of webinars each year. His Excel courses are based on 25 years of consulting and teaching experience. David’s mantra is “Either you work Excel, or it works you,” so he focuses on what he sees users don’t, but should, know about Microsoft Excel. His goal is to empower you to use Excel more effectively.

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