Cristina Lourent. Spreadsheet Templates. March 14th , 2018.
Do not over format. Yes make it easy to read and follow, but do go to far, this will add bulk and can inhibit the performance of Excel. in particular conditional formatting can slow down Excel, as it continually recalculates.
Unfortunately, that has never been the case and most university researchers would identify one big problem with the Office suite and that is why its always been difficult to present formulas in Word and Excel. Even when you type a simple fraction like 3/5, it gets presented on a single line. As for Greek symbols like , that would mean many hours wasted trawling through Excels Insert Symbol menu.
The next in this series will be How To Create A Brilliant Spreadsheet- Solid Structuring- Article 3.
Formatting a spreadsheet is something that can be a personal choice in particular colour schemes, or how busy the spreadsheet is, but one should always keep in mind the user, and how easy it is for a new user to follow your spreadsheet. In summary keep it neat, simple and adhere to predefined formats to eliminate any slow down or errors in formulas due to incorrect cell formatting.
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