I have - Table 1 and Table 2
How can I bring salary information in table 2 from table 1 for corresponding dept and jobcode?
Our take on this excel problem
You can join Department and Job Code in both table 1 as well as 2 using concatenate function. And then using vlookup function, you can look up salary from table 1 for a particular department and job code in table 2 as shown below:
Step 1: Concatenate column B and column C
Step 2: Vlookup on the new concatenate column just created
Hope this helps.
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Sometimes when you enter text in excel, it automatically converts it to some other format. This can be very annoying. Like if I want to enter age bands as 11-20,21-30 etc then excel would read 11-20 as 20-Nov.
We can get around this problem by adding a single quote in front. This quote won’t get displayed or printed but just tells excel to treat the entries as text. However if you press F2 and try and edit the values, you will see a single quotation mark in front.
But make sure you enter the quote before hitting enter i.e. if excel has already made it 20-Nov and now if you put a quote in front then it won’t change.
This can also come in handy when you have to enter more than 15 digits in a single cell and you want to keep the format as text. If you don’t enter a quote in front or change it to a text format, excel would display it in scientific notation like 4545121215241541514 would be shown as 4.54512E+18.
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However this can be very frustrating at times, because if you have mistakenly released the control key and you are not through with your selection yet,then you will have to start all over again.
We can get around this problem by just pressing the (shift + F8) keys once and then highlighting the cells that you need,using the mouse.
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The main advantage of using pivot table instead of countif function is, it will create a table itself and we don’t need to worry about it.
Moreover to make a pivot table, it is not necessary that we have two categorical variables. Even if we have one variable like “names” then we can drag “names” to the rows and “count of names” to the data region. So against each name it will give us the frequency.
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Then click “Layout” tab and drag the variable and click “Ok”as shown in the diagram below.
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