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Open Thread: How are you using Excel?

Yesterday, I mentioned I'd been talking with someone who's looking at interesting things people are doing with Microsoft Excel. I talked to her again yesterday, and with her official okey-dokey, I'll virtually introduce Tralee Pearce (*waves*), a reporter from Toronto's Globe & Mail whom you might remember from a very swell article about the Hipster PDA.

So, by request -- and to help Tralee with fleshing out her fun-sounding article -- I hope you all will jump in here: What kind of cool, novel, and non-obvious stuff are you doing with Excel? What's the wildest, most obsessive, most nerdy thing you ever saw someone do with our favorite spreadsheet program?

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Packing Lists: I track all...

Packing Lists: I track all the items I take on holidays with me in single sheet excel files, then calculate items taken vs. items used when I come home. I then adjust the master packing list accordingly. For example, I've worked out that I only need 20ml of shampoo per day when in a cold climate, but 40ml in the tropics. I also know that even though I want to pack a note book for every trip, I will only actually use it if there are more than two destinations on my itinerary, irregardless of the length of the trip. As a result, I only bring a very small suitcase away with me, and by the time I get home, I have actively used every item in it.




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