Category Archives: Computing – general

Indexing pdf files, yet again

Recent versions of Windows have provided indexing of file contents that allows for fast searches over the entire contents of your hard disk.  This includes pdf files, but the default filter file only works with 32 bit Windows.  It is  … Continue reading

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The answer to Life the Universe and Everything …

is 42, as is well-known: The actual question, to which the answer is 42, is not known, but a lesser known long standing question involving this number has recently been solved: The original problem, set in 1954 at the University … Continue reading

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Installing Adobe Reader non-DC version.

The option to install a non-DC version of Adobe Reader used to be hidden away under a menu on the DC installation screen.  It seems that Adobe would really, really like you to use the DC version, because the other … Continue reading

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Python Problems

I have recently returned to using Pyxll to link Excel to Python (of which more later), which required the installation of a 32 bit version of Python 3.7.  First trials after installation returned the message: “AttributeError: ‘module’ object has no … Continue reading

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New Links – 2018

Some new links to active Excel related blogs: David Hagar has been active in the Excel community for many years, and has published the Excel For You blog since 2013.  I was led to it by a recent post on a UDF … Continue reading

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Office Insiders and Power Pivot

I recently discovered another benefit of the Office Insiders program through the ExcelUnplugged blog, which has a feature on the new linked data types in Excel.  More on those another day, but in addition to JavaScript UDFs, the added feature that I found to … Continue reading

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The Countif bug (and how to avoid it)

The Countif function counts the number of cells in a range that match some criterion.  If we enter 1,2,3 in cells A1:A3 and enter =COUNTIF($A$1:$A$3,A1) somewhere else, it will return 1: But if we enter three text strings with 16 … Continue reading

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