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October 27, 2016
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Hi fellow Excel Addict,

Greetings from a cold and wet Newfoundland. What a difference a few days can make. On Sunday morning, I participated in a 10K 'fun run' at the beautiful Manuel's River in my hometown of Conception Bay South. The weather at that time was exceptionally warm and humid, especially for an early morning in late October in Newfoundland. Today is a far cry from warm and humid. With rain and 4C (39F), it's not such a great day for running.

In today's 'Excel in Minutes' tip I want to show you 'How to Monitor Changes in Key Cells Throughout a Workbook'.
I hope this will help make things easier for you when working with your large, complex workbooks.

f you missed my 'Excel in Seconds' newsletter on Tuesday, I showed you why 'It's Easier to Concatenate without CONCATENATE'. You can read that tip here.

I hope you have a great week and keep on Excelling,
Francis Hayes (The Excel Addict)
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Francis Hayes (The Excel Addict)

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Today's Microsoft Excel Tip

How to Monitor Changes in Key Cells Throughout a Workbook

When you change the value of a cell in one worksheet, that often affects values in other cells throughout your workbook. If you are working in one worksheet and need to monitor how your changes affect specific cells in other sheets, switching back and forth is very time consuming and not very efficient.

Thankfully, Excel has a feature called the Watch Window that makes it simple and convenient to keep track of any cells you want to monitor throughout your workbook.

The Watch Window is a small window that displays certain properties about each cell you add to it:
 workbook name, sheet name, defined name, cell addresscurrent value, and formula.

Watch Window in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365

To add cells to the Watch Window...

1) From the Formulas tab, click Watch Window in the Formula Auditing group. The Watch Window  appears;

Display Watch Window in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365

2) Select the cell (or multiple cells) you want to watch,
click Add Watch..., then click Add.

Add Cell To Watch Window in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365
The Watch Window now displays the information about all the cells you have added.

Watch Window Floating in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365

And since the window stays on top, this information is always in view as you move around a worksheet or among worksheets. As you make changes, you'll see 'live updates' for your 'watched cells'.

Additional Notes about Excel's Watch Window:
  • To reposition the Watch Window, move your mouse cursor to the top of the window (header) until it changes to a four-headed white arrow and drag.
  • If the window gets in your way, you can temporarily close it by clicking on the X in the top right corner or click Watch Window on the Formulas tab of the Ribbon.
  • You can easily dock it to the edge of the Excel window simply by dragging its header.
  • You can resize the window by dragging any of its edges.
  • You can resize the columns in the Watch Window by dragging the separator bars between the column headings.
  • To go to a cell that an entry in Watch Window refers to, double-click that entry.
  • To remove a cell from the Watch Window, select it from the list and click Delete Watch. To remove multiple cells, use the CTRL or SHIFT keys to select multiple items and click Delete Watch.
  • One cool thing you may notice is that, as you move the active cell around your worksheet, the Watch Window automatically moves out of the way so the active cell is always visible.

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