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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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My geekiest use of Excel...

My geekiest use of Excel is to create HTML tables from tabular spreadsheet data.

The trick is to put the opening and closing cell markup in a new column between each column of data. Be sure to include the opening and closing row markup on the first and last column. Then, using the fill feature, duplicate the markup down for each row.

Select and copy the cells, paste into a text editor, remove the tabs with search & replace, wrap in a table element and season with CSS to taste.




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