September 15, 2015
Hi fellow Excel Addict,
Based on the feedback I received over the past few weeks I will now be publishing my newsletter twice per week with one tip in each rather than once per week with three tips.
After 10 years of publishing my weekly tips newsletter, this is my first week of publishing two separate newsletters.
My plan is to publish on Tuesday and Thursday.
My Tuesday newsletter will be called 'Excel in Seconds' and will feature a quick tip or shortcut that you can read in less than a minute. This is something that a lot of my readers have been requesting as many of you were finding that reading and practicing 3 of my regular tips in one day were too much.
I realize how valuable your time is and I know what it is like to be swamped with so many other things needing your time and attention, so I think you are going to like my 'Excel in Seconds' tips.
On Thursday I will be publishing a longer tip similar to the ones I have been sending all along.
None of this is cast in stone, so I welcome any comments you have or ideas you would like to share.
Take care and keep on Excelling,
Francis Hayes (The Excel Addict)
If you missed my last newsletter, you can click here to view it online.
You can access even more tips on my website by going to my members' page.
Draw Shapes and Text Boxes to Fit Within Cell Borders
When using multiple Shapes, Text Boxes or other objects in a worksheet, you will often want to them to be the same size or line up along one side. In Excel, cell gridlines make a nice guide for doing this but do you know there is an easy way to do this that takes away all the guesswork?
Using this trick, you can easily 'snap to fit' your shape to the cell borders as you are drawing or resizing it.
1) From the Insert tab, click Shapes and choose an object you want to draw;
2) Hold down the ALT key;
3) Point to the top left corner of the cell where you want to begin drawing the object and press the left mouse button;
4) Drag to the bottom-right cell;
5) Release the mouse button;
6) Release the ALT key.
Once you have drawn the object, you can resize it by first selecting the object and then dragging one of its 8 sizing handles as you hold down the ALT key
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