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Mark & Nikhil join the team

It’s been a busy few weeks for our team at Excel Rescue. We’ve announced partnerships with industry leaders such as Mr.Excel and MyExcelOnline. As a result more people are finding out about the service we provide and signing up to get help with small Excel tasks.

That’s why we’re particularly excited to welcome two new developers on board: Nikhil and Mark!

Both are seasoned Excel professionals that will help us tackle the tasks submitted by our customers. You never know, one of them might be the one who handles the next tasks you submit!

I reached out and asked both about their Excel journey. Read on to learn more about them!

Mark



Where are you from?

I am from the US, currently living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

How did you first get started with Excel?

I've been using Excel for the past 25 years. Early in my career, I worked for Intel in Phoenix, Arizona where I had the opportunity to work with a lot of brilliant Excel minds. I have since moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but at Intel each person I worked with had a tip or trick or shortcut in Excel that I picked up along the way. 

What’s your favorite Excel “trick” that you’d like to share?

Even people less experienced with Excel have a favorite shortcut or toolbar item that makes you ask, "hey, how'd you do that?". My favorite shortcut is the F4 key. 

It repeats the last command in Excel (for most commands, unfortunately it doesn't work for everything).  Just filled a cell with yellow have another cell you want to fill yellow? Click on the cell and don't mouse up to the toolbar, just press the F4 key! Just changed the font in a cell and want to make another cell the same font? Click on the cell and press the F4 key! 

 

Nikhil



Where are you from?

I'm from India, located about 100 km from the city of Hyderabad.

How did you first get started with Excel?

In the beginning I was using Excel for simple tasks like storing tabular information, tracking expenses, or for opening up occasional charts that management sent over. But the real journey began in a rather unusual manner: I dreamed of living a nomadic lifestyle and as I was reading a book called The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau I saw that he mentioned a couple guys that are making a living from Excel. That piqued my interest and I checked out one of their blogs - chandoo.org. And then it began! I tried to apply my new found passion to as many of my office tasks as possible - which boosted my productivity. Excel replaced so many of my previous manual tasks through formulas, formatting and scripting. And I loved it.

How long have your been an Excel developer?

I took an interest to learn Excel about 4 years ago. It’s been my profession for 2 years.

What’s your favorite thing about Excel?

Unlike any other software, this is one of the most widely used programs on the planet. Not just that, it’s packed with so many features and tools that I'm afraid I won't be able to utilize them all! It is so versatile that it can serve as many things - a database, a tracker, a visualization tool, a calculator, an automation utility etc.

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