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In the following, links to the articles I have published to the Excel-Ticker blog since the last post on this blog. And, I'm also happy to announce the next version of our Excel Soccer World Cup Planner for the Woman's World Cup next year in Germany. PS: oups, I have just seen that I forgot to link to the (older) articles for the calculations of large numbers in Excel, sorry.

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I am currently working on the relaunch of all my websites and blogs. A new, more intuitive and modern design is one of the targetted objectives. And, I will also change the technology behind my sites. The new system will be based on Drupal, which offers multidomain and mulitlanguage sites, social network components, blogs, forums and much more things. However, this means that I have to recreate and/or rewrite all content from my sites. Therefore, this is a project which cannot be realized in a few weeks but needs some more time. But we are on a good way.

In the future, until the relauch is finished, I will just publish an excerpt of my articles from my Excel-Ticker Blog. Following articles have been recently published.

My contribution to the Microsoft 2011 Calendar Contest


I'm pleased to inform you that I am participating to the Microsoft 2011 Calendar Contest by providing an Excel multiple year calendar. As the contest is primarily focused on the US market, I have only included the official holidays for the United States in our template at this time. But I am planning to release localized versions for European countries as soon as possible. The calendar template includes a week, a month, a quarter and a year view. Sheets for entering notes and holidays have also been included as well as a sheet for individual settings for the calendar.

Microsoft 2011 Calendar Contest

I have published a detailled description of the template on my Excel Ticker Blog.

If you like the calendar, it would be great, if you vote for it on the Office Website. Please note that the community filter may be set to “Unfiltered” and the category "Multiple-year Calendars" selected in order to display all available templates. The template presented here is named “Calendar including holidays and notes management”. Thanks :-)

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Following new articles have been posted on the English version of my Excel Ticker blog.

Version 2.00 of the Excel Soccer World Cup 2010 Planner


We have the pleasure to inform you that we have released the Version 2.00 Build 150510 of the Excel Soccer World Cup 2010 Planner. The new version contains some new features, which can be found in the version history on the download page of the website for the planner

As we added much more features to the planner and the add-on tool then planned, we have increased the announced version 1.75 to version 2.00.

However, we must unfortunately move the release date of the Add-On tool for the planner by one week to the 05/22/2010. This is mainly due to the following reasons. We would like to add a help file to the Add-On tool which also covers the Excel Soccer World Cup 2010 Planner. Writing the topics for the help file, creating the screenshots and translating the help file to English and French is much more work as planned. Also, we encountered in our tests for the tool some performance problem, which we would like to fix before publishing the tool. Finally, we have not completed all tests for the tool on other systems with the different languages. Thank you for your patience.

Maren, Arabic on a keyboard with latin layout

Mostafa Ashour Ashour is a program manager for Microsoft Maren, a new transliteration tool that allows users to communicate in traditional Arabic while typing on a Roman alphabet keyboard. This Tool can be download on the egyptian section of the Microsoft Site. This link is provided at the end of this article. As I have relatively large number of visitors to my site from arab countries (especially my article NETWORKDAYS.INTL() and WORKDAY.INTL() in Excel 2010), I though it may be a good idea to write about this tool. After downlading the tool, we can run the setup application.

Please note that some of the following screenshots were made on my German system,
I hope it would be clear what is meaned.

Microsoft Maren

Excel Soccer World Cup 2010 Planner 1.50 released

We are happy to announce that we have released on 03/01/2010 the next version 1.50 Build 010310 of our freeware Excel Soccer World Cup 2010 Planner. The Excel file can be downloaded on its website The new versions includes now a chart for the prediction game and a sheet for userr defined settings. The image below shows a screenshot for the charts sheet.

Excel Soccer 2010

Excel Soccer World Cup 2010 Planner 1.25 released


We have released the first version of the Excel Soccer World Cup 2010 Planner in English. This version includes the same functionality as the version available in German and in French. You can download the planner on following websites:

The Excel Soccer World Cup 2010 Planner has been primarly developed in Microsoft Excel 2003 and was also tested in Microsoft Excel 2007 and Microsoft Excel 2010. Please note that we will not support older versions of Excel and that other spread sheet software, like Open Office, were not considered.

Tutorial for using Deep Zoom Composer and Silverlight

Do you also know this problem? When taking screenshots of an application for including the images in one of your blog posts, it is very often necessary to rescale the images so that they fit into the layout of the blog. However, after resizing the images, they become blurred and some texts illegible. The following picture, taken from Microsoft Excel 2010 in German, shows the problem.

Microsoft Office 2010

In my first posts on this blog, I had uploaded two versions of the pictures. First, I created a smaller version of the original screenshot and then I linked to it in my article. Then I uploaded the picture in its original size and I added some JavaScript code to each previously inserted image link. The user then could view the larger picture by clicking on the smaller one. You may know, I'm also publishing my german articles on two other blogs, one blog is located on a Windows Live account and another one is a joint project with my good friend Andreas Entenmann, MVP for Excel. All three blogs are based on different systems. So, it was very time consuming to setup the JavaScripts for all blogs.

Silverlight Ribbon Control from Tim Dawson

Microsoft Visual C# MVP Tim Dawson has - according the MVP Award Program Blog - developed the first ribbon user interface control for Silverlight web applications.

» Post at the MVP Award Program Blog
» Information about the produkt 'SandRibbon' at divelements
» Demo of the Ribbon Control at divelements

VBA Challenge at OfficePalooza

OfficePalooza is organizing a VBA challenge sponsored by Microsoft. The challenge begins on April, 20 and finishs on Mai, 1. Some prizes can also be won. Please read the official rules.

Starting our blog

With the publication of our site in english, we are launching our blog. Principal subjects of our articles will be Microsoft Excel, VBA or VSTO. We look forward to any response, criticism and suggestions. As the operator of the blog, you can reach me at following address.

Address :
    Mourad Louha
    Viktoriaallee 36
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Fon : +49 (0)241 919 95 244
Mobile : +49 (0)157 587 84 214
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