Many Excel users experience frustration and don’t know how to deal with error prompts they receive while performing seemingly simple actions in their spreadsheets. In this comprehensive course, Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, delves into the intricacies of Excel to explain why error prompts can be encountered, and he outlines in detail what actions to take when Excel appears to go awry.

Topics Covered:

  • Understanding how to manage the Protected View prompt in Excel 2010 and later.
  • Identifying the various # sign errors Excel formulas can return.
  • Making sense of the Enable Content prompt related to macros in Excel.
  • Using range names to streamline formulas and bookmark key inputs within a workbook.
  • Updating perpetually licensed versions of Excel by way of service packs.
  • 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.
  • Discovering how to avoid wasting time when saving workbooks as .XLS files by dispatching the Compatibility Checker.
  • Using a simple macro to eliminate redundant prompts that appear when you save a file in text or .CSV format.
  • Understanding how to launch Excel in Safe Mode to troubleshoot Excel issues.
  • Mastering the IFERROR function to display alternate values in lieu of a # sign error.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recall how to improve the odds of Excel creating a backup copy of your work so you can recover easily from program crashes.
  • Apply Excel’s Filter feature to scan a column for # sign errors.
  • Identify which section of the Excel Options dialog box that allows you to the Protected View setting.