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By Ted Krapf on 4/8/2016 9:06 AM

Have you ever been working with a large Excel or other spreadsheet document and think, "man, I wish I could look up what the number equivalent of column BD is!"?  Me too!

So I built a crazy simple web app that converts an Excel column letter (or letters) to its numerical value.  For example, BD = column #56.  I frequently use this for figuring out the column number when doing a VLOOKUP.  Or when I'm working on very wide spreadsheets.

You can find the free Excel Column Letter To Number tool at:

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

Happy Coding!

By Ted Krapf on 3/15/2013 6:47 AM
A client yesterday had a common problem, "Ted I have 100+ Excel documents that I need to be able to quickly search through, and I'd like to combine all those work books into a single .xlsx file so that I can just search in one document."

Sounds simple enough right?  The first thing we tried together was scouring the web for a VBA script to do this.  Seems simple, get a list of the files in a directory, open each doc, and copy and paste its contents into the main document.  Well after an hour of stumbling through VBA syntax, help files, blogs, etc, we just couldn't find one that would work.  The best we found that worked would combine the all the worksheets of all the other documents into the main workbook as worksheets -- still leaving us having to manually copy and paste 100's of worksheets into one.

We had also found an array of different commercial 'combine' tools that ranged from dollars to $1,000's.  Needless to say, being a programmer, I wanted to see how I could do this myself and so I could share the solution with you!...