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Excel 2002

Number crunchers will find little to cheer in the new version of Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet app.

Worried over Y2K? Now here's a Y1.9K problem

With all the talk about the year 2000 problem, you may not be aware that Excel also suffers from a year 1900 (Y1.9K) problem making life difficult for people who use Excel to store historical information. Here's a workaround . . .

Zap hyperlinks in Excel 2000

You may have noticed that Excel 2000 supports automatic cell hyperlinks. Here's how to override that feature if you don't want to create hyperlinks.

Really hide an Excel worksheet

You can use Excel's Format-Sheet-Hide to hide an entire worksheet. But unless you password-protect the workbook structure, anyone can select Format-Sheet-Unhide to see the hidden sheet. Here's how to really hide an Excel worksheet.

Alternate row shading

One way to make your data legible is to apply cell shading to every other row in a range. In Excel 97 or later, select the range and choose Format-Conditional Formatting. In the Conditional Formatting dialogue box, select Formula Is from the drop-dow...

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