A list in Excel is a “chunk of data”. Usually the data has headings across the top of the chunk. A list should contain no empty rows or columns, it can contain empty cells (because sometimes you don’t have the data necessary to fill in the cell.)

Examples of lists – mailing list; list of sales people including their territory and sales figures for several years; Top 100 Businesses in your area including # of employees, sales, name of CEO.

Although we often think of Excel as a tool for performing calculations, some lists may contain only text (such as a name and address list.) The value of creating and maintaining this type of list in Excel vs. Word is the many tools available to sort, filter, subtotal, extract, merge, and otherwise evaluate and manipulate the list data. Read the rest of this entry »


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The Virtual Chase

June 19, 2006

Just to prove what a geek I am … I’m not a legal professional, although I do work with them. But I truly enjoy perusing Genie Tyburski’s The Virtual Chase.

The Virtual Chase
Teaching Legal Professionals How to Do Research.

The Virtual Chase is a service of the law firm Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP. Genie Tyburski is Web Manager of The Virtual Chase. She writes for Law Office Computing, and speaks about Internet research issues at library and continuing legal education programs.

Resizing Tables

June 13, 2006

A resize handle exists for tables. This is handy when you want to make a table bigger, width- and or height-wise.

Hover the mouse pointer near the lower right corner of the table. A small square appears, and you’ll notice the mouse pointer changes to a diagonal pointer with an arrow at each end.

Press and drag, you can make the table wider/narrower; taller/shorter; or change size in both directions.

The Valley of Despair

June 8, 2006

I came across this great illustration of an adult learning curve at Jim Eidelman’s Learning Curve Tips. Check it out. Read the rest of this entry »