Use Excel 2013 this instance!

BY J. CARLTON COLLINS, CPA

Q: When I open two Excel files in two instances of Excel and display them on two monitors, I find that I cannot then copy formulas back and forth between the files—only the formula’s calculated value is pasted to the other instance of Excel. What’s happening here, and what can I do about it?

A: This particular question was asked and answered in the May 2011 topic “An Excellent Arrangement,” (page 70) but I am revisiting this topic to inform you that Excel 2013 now opens each Excel file in its own instance of Excel (just like Word has always done), making it easier to display separate Excel files on separate monitors and to copy data back and forth between files with formulas intact.

SPONSORED REPORT

Revenue recognition: A complex effort

Implementing the new standard requires careful judgment. Learn how to make significant accounting judgments and document them and collaborate with peers for consistent application.

TECHNOLOGY Q&A

How to create maps in Excel 2016

Microsoft Excel 2016 has two new mapping capabilities. J. Carlton Collins, CPA, demonstrates how to make masterful 2D and 3D maps in Excel 2016.

QUIZ

News quiz: Economy and health care changes top CPAs’ list

CPA decision-makers’ economic outlook and the House Republicans’ proposed tax changes as part of replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act received attention recently. See how much you know with this short quiz.