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9 Apps Unrelated to Black Friday That Are Helpful

9 Apps Unrelated to Black Friday That Are Helpful

When you are out shopping on Black Friday, you may feel pressured beforehand to download and try out all of these special applications specifically made for Black Friday. However, there are many individuals who don’t want to add more applications to their iPhone that they will only make use of for one time a year. Below, we have 10 applications unspecific to Black Friday that can help you on the special day.

Evernote

If this is your first Black Friday, you’d be surprised at how many lists you’ll create throughout your Black Friday experience. There are shopping lists, gift lists, store lists, and so much more. What better way to keep these lists better organized than with Evernote? This free note-taking application allows you to create audio, text, and photo notes. Plus, with it’s collaboration features, gift giving lists can be updated instantly.

    Alarm Clock 4

    Your best preparation for Black Friday is getting enough sleep beforehand. If you get sleep during the day of, it doesn’t hurt, unless you don’t wake up for that amazing sale. A good, stable alarm clock app is all you’ll need. Alarm Clock 4 (free) is an app that allows you to wake up to in-app sounds or your own iTunes music. With the application’s weather information, you’ll be prepared for the cold pre-dawn chill.

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      Decide Shopping & Price Predictor

      Not all sales occur on Black Friday. There are even times when the item you are getting a deal on Black Friday for may be due to the fact that it’s about to be updated. Decide’s iPhone app makes it easy to check and see if it’s a good idea to buy now or just hold it off until a later time. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to take it off the list. Many times, the deals can occur on Cyber Monday or a significant time before the holidays.

        Mint for iPhone

        When you are out shopping for the television or other electronic that is on your shopping list, having your payment methods in order is always wise. Some have said that it’s always a lot faster to pay with a debit card than cash. If you are following this tip, Mint allows you to get a detailed view of each account added to your application. You’ll then be able to see how much you’ve spent and from which account. Mint ensures that embarrassing situations are prevented on the most hectic shopping day of the year.

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          Repeat Timer Free

          Alarm Clock 4 is a great app for those who want to ensure that they awake on time. However, Repeat Timer Free allows you to have multiple alarms for all of the things you have to get done during Black Friday and Thanksgiving. If you are taking a nap between sales, Repeat Timer allows you to have alarms in intervals. If you want to ensure that you are alerted when cooking, Repeat Timer can come in handy when reminding yourself to wake up in intervals (every hour, every two hours, etc).

            eTodo

            The key to a successful Black Friday is having a plan of action. However, if you are using a ton of applications, it can become a bit tiresome to know which one holds what you need for getting things done. eTodo is a great, well designed to-do application that allows you to keep all of your Black Friday tasks all conveniently in one place. From knowing where to go when to making shopping to-do lists, eTodo is quite a Black Friday accessory.

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              Kindle for iPhone

              A book application may not be what you’d go to when you need help on Black Friday, but it can be a lot more helpful than you think. Kindle for iPhone is the perfect way to curve boredom while waiting in the lines for store openings or when purchasing in the checkout lines. Carrying a Kindle everywhere only adds to your haul, and many times they aren’t friendly in the dark or at night. Kindle for iPhone allows you to view all of your Kindle books on a bright screen – anywhere.

                Apple Maps

                Apple Maps has gotten a bad wrap since it’s birth in iOS 6. While it still has some kinks it must work out, the application does have a couple of features that can come in handy on Black Friday. First off, the navigation tools allow you to get to the stores you have to get to in a timely manner. Plus, the application makes it easy to find locations throughout the city that are nearby to you.

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                  Amazon Mobile

                  Amazon is a one-stop shop for Cyber Monday, however the application is still quite useful on Black Friday as well. Amazon Mobile comes in handy when you want to compare prices that are found in-store with what is found online. Yes, you won’t be able to get it instantly online like you do in store, but if you are able to save a significant amount of money, it may be worth it.

                     

                    Your thoughts: What are the apps you use for Black Friday Shopping?

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                    Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                    25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                    25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                    Imagine if you could use 5 simple shortcuts while working in Excel, and increase your productivity without wasting time for searching information in huge tables, writing long formulas, and sorting the data.

                    Or even better:

                    What if you would get 25 useful shortcuts… and each of them could simplify your work, so you could do much more every day?

                    You’d definitely feel excited to read about them.

                    Today is your lucky day because we are going to share with you in this article 25 great Excel shortcuts you can use in your work every day! This is your lucky chance, so go ahead and become a real professional in Excel without wasting your time.

                    How important are Excel shortcuts for you?

                    The most effective thing to check out if people really need something is to release a survey and look at the results. So, according to the anonymous survey, 99% of people said Excel shortcuts are critical or important for them.

                    In general, there are more than 200 shortcuts in Excel. But when we have analyzed the data about how many shortcuts people know, we got the next results:

                    • 26% of people know 10 or fewer shortcuts;
                    • 61% of people know 10-50 shortcuts;
                    • 10% of people know 50-100 shortcuts.

                    As you can see, not so many people know a lot of shortcuts. Probably, some of them never think about increasing their productivity in such a simple way.

                    Of course, it depends on how deep you use Excel. Some people use this powerful application just for making simple tables or graphs, others use it for everyday work to count something.

                    Most of the accountants and businessmen use much more Excel functions for more complex tasks such as creating VBA macros, managing PivotTables, recalculating huge workbooks, outlining data, etc.

                    But even those people who work with Excel every day very close may know a few shortcuts. Needless to say, they can do their job without shortcuts, but it usually takes for them much more time. T

                    his sounds not funny, especially if you must finish a huge amount of work urgently. There is a great opportunity for you to increase your productivity in Excel and do your job faster with our useful shortcuts.

                    5 Main reasons to learn excel shortcuts

                    Many people don’t understand why they should use shortcuts if they can work without them. Of course, if you use Excel twice per year to make a simple table or a graph, it is probably not so important for you to know many shortcuts.

                    But if you work in Excel every day, sorting huge tables and managing with tons of data, then shortcuts will help you to reach the next five goals:

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                    1. Work efficiently and faster in Excel
                    2. Manage big amounts of data easily and fast
                    3. Stay calm and concentrated even while doing a tedious job
                    4. Make your work accurately and properly without errors
                    5. Get a better understanding of Microsoft Excel

                    Who can use Excel shortcuts?

                    There are a lot of people who can simplify their life with Excel shortcuts, and here are the groups that will definitely love using them:

                    • People who work in banks, finance organizations, etc.
                    • Businessmen who make tons of various reports and presentations in Excel for meetings and briefings.
                    • Students who usually are lazy and impatient to make their homework because they don’t want to waste a lot of time working in Excel.
                    • Private entrepreneurs who keep various data in Excel tables.

                    Whether you are a student who hates Excel because it seems a time-wasting and boring application, or you are an accountant who must recalculate huge worksheets every day without making errors, we recommend reading and learning these Excel shortcuts to make your work simpler and save some time.

                    With these simple but useful tricks, it is so easy to finish your job and get more time for yourself.

                    25 Excel shortcuts to increase your productivity

                    Here are 25 great Excel shortcuts you should learn and use for work or studying to make your job faster and simpler. Try to use them all and you will realize you were totally blind before while working in Excel:

                    1. Format whatever object fast with Ctrl+1

                    If you select any object in Excel – a cell, a chart, a chart axis, a drawing object – then press Ctrl+1, and you will get the Properties dialog for the certain object. This shortcut offers a very quick and easy way to format whatever object you’re working with.

                    2. Use range names with Ctrol+G or F5 key

                    If you use range names (which we strongly recommend to do) and you want to choose the range with a specific name references, press either Ctrl+G or the F5 key, which launches the GoTo dialog.

                    If the name is simple, you can click on it in a list in that dialog. But if it’s at all unusual, Excel won’t list it; so you will need to type in the name. Then press OK.

                    3. Use a range name in a formula with =sum( and F3

                    Suppose you want to use a range name in a formula. For example, you want to sum the Sales range. Enter…

                    =sum(

                    …and then press F3.

                    When you do so, Excel launches the Paste Name dialog. Just choose “Sales” from the list, press the OK button in the dialog, then enter the SUM function’s closing “)” to complete the formula.

                    4. Launch Function Arguments dialog easily with Ctrl+A

                    Suppose you want to check the help topic for a worksheet function. For example, you want to read about the MATCH function. In a cell, type…

                    =match(

                    …and then press Ctrl+A, or click the Insert Function (“fx“) button to the left of the formula bar.

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                    When you do so, Excel displays the Function Arguments dialog, which might offer all the help you need.

                    But if you still want to see the complete help topic, click the blue “Help on this function” hyperlink in the lower-left corner of the dialog. This technique works with all documented Excel functions.

                    5. Copy stuff down the column without scrolling with Ctrl+D

                    If you added a formula in a new column on the right of a huge dataset, and you want to copy that formula down without scrolling, do these steps:

                    • go to the right to the column that has data (the column to the left of the new column with the formula);
                    • press Ctrl+Down – to get to bottom;
                    • move one cell to the right (with arrow key naturally);
                    • press Ctrl+Shift+Up to select the new column, at the top of which is the formula you just created;
                    • press Ctrl+D to fill down the formula.

                    6. Quick access to any function with Alt+

                    By customizing the quick access toolbar, you can create simple shortcuts to commands that you would otherwise have to find in the Ribbon tabs, or macros you have created yourself.

                    The keyboard shortcut is simply selecting Alt+ (the number of the command you wish to select).

                    For example, if you have customized your quick access toolbar to have Calc Sheet, Save, Open. To calculate sheet you would hit Alt+1, for save Alt+2, and for open Alt+3.

                    A lot of people are unaware of this useful function, and it’s a great time saver.

                    7. Format cells with Ctrl+1

                    When you need to format cells, use Ctrl+1. Most people know this as the shortcut for the Format Cells dialog, but you can also use it to format almost anything in Excel, without a care about the state of the ribbon. Try this amazing and simple shortcut!

                    8. Choose visible cells with Alt+

                    When you need to choose visible cells only – use Alt+. This is the trick to copy only what you see. It is a priceless shortcut when you’re manually hiding rows and columns in the table.

                    9. Use filtering

                    Filtering – it is a powerful way to slice, dice, and sort through a huge table of information.

                    It’s amazingly effective when you’re participating in a meeting to discuss something like a sales forecast, and everyone is looking in real-time at your spreadsheet projected on a screen (or on their monitors).

                    To some people, you will be seen as the God of Spreadsheets, and this is not a joke!

                    10. Insert or delete column/row easily with the Ctrl key

                    Some people waste a lot of time even for simple operations, for example, when they need to insert/delete columns and rows in Excel.

                    Use this shortcut to insert: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl+Shift ++.

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                    To delete: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl + –.

                    11. See formula results with F9

                    If you want to check formula results within multiple formulas, highlight the formula and select F9 to see formula result.

                    Don’t forget to undo before exiting the formula.

                    12. Use ALT+Enter for more text within a cell

                    If you want to add a second line of text within a cell, use ALT+Enter.

                    13. Use EDATE to move a date on by a full calendar month:

                    Here’s how to use EDATE:

                    =EDATE(15/01/16,+1) = 15/02/2016 (15th Feb 2016)

                    =EDATE (15/01/2016,-2) = 15/11/2015 (15th Nov 2016)

                    14. Use EOMONTH to move a date onto the end of the month:

                    Here’s how to use EMONTH:

                    =EOMONTH(15/01/2016,0) = 31/01/2016 (31st Jan 2106)

                    =EOMONTH (15/01/2016,-2) = 30/11/2015 (30th Nov 2015)

                    15. Remove spaces with TRIM

                    TRIM is a useful function known by few people. It removes any spaces at the beginning of a value. This is useful if you are pulling in values from somewhere else.

                    16. Repeat commands with F4 or Ctrl+Y

                    In many cases, you may need to repeat your last action. Use F4 or Ctrl+Y; you can repeat many commands like applying the same borders, format, or insert a worksheet again.

                    17. Quick access to cells with the Ctrl key and Shift key

                    When you need to go to the first or last cell of a worksheet, no matter where you are, use Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+End combinations.

                    And here is a pleasant bonus for you: add the Shift key to select everything on the way!

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                    18. Use Ctrl+ to create a timestamp

                    If you need a date stamp and/or a timestamp in your document, there is no need to type a date and time! Use shortcuts Ctrl+ ; (date) Ctrl+Shift+ : (time). It works like a magic and helps to save your time and nerves.

                    19. Use autosum shortcut for sum function anywhere

                    Autosum shortcut – use Alt =. It is a “magic” shortcut of Excel to automatically insert a sum function.

                    You can use this shortcut to sum rows, columns, or even an entire table in one step without wasting your time.

                    20. Use data validation

                    This is an amazing but underutilized tool in Excel, which can be used for a variety of things:

                    • Create dependent drop-down lists;
                    • Create drop-down lists;
                    • Protect/restrict data input of specific cells (without the need for VBA macros).

                    21. Use conditional formatting

                    It can be used for various purposes such as color format or cell format of cells, rows or columns based on dependent cell values or formats.

                    22. Use formula auditing

                    This is a great tool to analyze and trace precedent or dependent cells, check errors and evaluate formulas.

                    The “Watch Window” is a feature to keep a snapshot of an area of the spreadsheet, and then move to another area of the workbook – particularly valuable if you’re managing large spreadsheets or don’t have a second screen.

                    23. Use Scenario Manager to generate summary outputs of a spreadsheet

                    Scenario Manager (under “What-if Analysis”) enables users to generate high-level, summary outputs of a spreadsheet – without the need to replicate the entire workbook.

                    It will present multiple scenarios of a spreadsheet in a succinct, high-level summary worksheet.

                    24. Use INDIRECT to set up large tables

                    INDIRECT makes it easy to set up tables which reference larger tables without a lot of referencing work or cutting and pasting; especially for dynamic spreadsheets.

                    25. Use OFFSET for complicated calculations or formulas

                    OFFSET can be useful for things like calculating YTD numbers or creating formulas that take data in rows and using in columns.

                    The bottom line

                    As you can see, when you have a boring or tedious job to do, the best way to do it fast is not looking for a way how to avoid it, but searching for the shortest variant to do it!

                    That is why we suggest keeping in mind these Excel shortcuts that will help you to save a lot of time and nerves.

                    If it seems hard for you to remember all them, you can print out the list of shortcuts and keep it on your worktable. Use it to search for some help when you need it, and over time, you’ll remember all shortcuts easily.

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