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Excel Proficiency: Automating Financial Statements

90 Minutes

Recorded Webinar


In this insightful session, Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, shows you step-by-step how to create dynamic accounting reports for any month of the year on a single worksheet. As an alternative to building cumbersome worksheets for each month of the year, David explains how to use Excel functions, such as VLOOKUP, OFFSET, and SUM, to quickly create accounting reports that you can toggled to any reporting period with only two mouse clicks. In addition, he outlines how to export data from your accounting package, improve the integrity of your spreadsheets, and use Power Query to automatically update your financial reports.

David demonstrates every technique at least twice: first, on a PowerPoint slide with numbered steps, and second, in the subscription-based Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) version of Excel. David draws your attention to any differences in the older versions of Excel (2021, 2019, 2016 and earlier) during the presentation as well as in his detailed handouts. David also provides an Excel workbook that includes most of the examples he uses during the webcast.

Microsoft 365 is a subscription-based product that provides new feature updates as often as monthly. Conversely, the perpetual licensed versions of Excel have feature sets that do not change. Perpetual licensed versions have year numbers, such as Excel 2021, Excel 2019, and so on.

Why Should You Attend

Practitioners who wish to create and work with monthly financial statements more efficiently.

Areas Covered

• Adding a refinement to the SUMIFS function to allow the report to consolidate numbers or display departmental values.

• Automating the extraction of data for a given month or year to date by way of the OFFSET function.

• Building and exporting a 12-month Profit & Loss report from QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop as a model for what to look for when exporting from other applications.

• Consolidating financial statement exports from two or more entities by appending queries within Power Query.

• Contrasting traditional approaches to building financial statements in Excel with query-based approaches.

• Creating a 12-month P&L report from QuickBooks Desktop and then exporting to the comma-separated value (CSV) format to streamline analysis.

• Creating a workbook with just two worksheets that will present data for any month of the year.

• Creating an in-cell list by way of Excel’s Data Validation feature.

• Creating self-updating financial spreadsheets by using Power Query in Excel 2010 and later to pull data via automated queries that also overcome common issues in exported reports.

• Exploring the nuances of data exported from accounting programs, such as extraneous worksheets, blank columns, and extraneous rows.

• Seeing how to use the Trusted Document feature in Excel 2010 and later to suppress the Data Connection security prompt.

• Understanding the use of the MONTH function to return the month portion of a date or month name.

• Define how to create accounting reports for any month of the year on a single worksheet.

• Apply Conditional Formatting to draw attention to reports that don’t balance to the source data.

• State how to export data from an accounting package to create a “set-and-forget” link to accounting data in Excel.

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David H. Ringstrom

Microsoft Excel Expert

Acclaimed Microsoft Excel expert David H. Ringstrom, CPA, is the president and owner of Accounting Advisors, Inc. based in Atlanta, Georgia. David founded Accounting Advisors in 1991 as a consulting-services business, but in 2009, he began teaching for continuing education providers as well. His mission since then has been to offer quality training on Excel and additional accounting software via live webcasts, on-demand self-study webcasts, and in-house engagements. More than 24 providers, located throughout the country as well as overseas, now look to David for their Excel and accounting software training needs. David’s Excel courses cover the gamut of the software’s features and functions to provide CPAs as well as accounting and financial professionals the knowledge they need to work more efficiently and effectively in Excel. David is known for saying, “Either you work Excel, or it works you.” Based on this belief, he focuses on teaching users what they don’t know but should know about Excel. His comprehensive yet easy to understand presentations cover Excel 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2007. David’s webcasts are fast paced, and he welcomes attendees’ questions. In addition, his detailed handouts and slides serve as handy reference tools students can fall back on after participating in his webcasts or taking his self-study courses.